Tuesday, August 12, 2014

5.29.15 "Everesting" of Mill Mountain

VES Mill Mountain Everesting Attempt

What is Everesting? http://www.everesting.cc/

The elevation of Mt. Everest is 29,029 ft. Each lap up Mill Mountain's Old Road is 807 ft. Do this 36 times and you've just rode up Mt. Everest!

This Strava Segment shows the route we plan to take.

Each lap is 3.88 miles round trip so 36 laps will come to about 140 miles…but hey half of that you'll be coasting!

Attempt Date: Friday May 29th 12:01am. Start time can vary for whatever makes the most sense for you and your goals for the day. Anticipate each lap will take 25-35 minutes plus breaks.

No one from Virginia has ever Everested a climb. Only 5 riders in the entire US have Everested. 149 worldwide. http://www.everesting.cc/hall-of-fame/ If you feel you can pull off 36 laps and want to be included in the Hall of Fame, be sure to read their rules. http://www.eversting.cc/the-rules

36 laps is crazy you say?! Don't despair only a select few elite athletes will be able to accomplish this amazing feat. But how many can you do? Just as mountaineers test their abilities and find the highest mountain to match their skills, you can do the same. That's why we are also setting several attainable mountains you can set your sights on.

The Frump Frump - 1 Lap
The Alpe d'Huez (climb equivalent)- 5 Laps
Mt. Rogers - 8 Laps
Machu Picchu - 10 Laps
The Alto de Letras (climb equivalent) - 13 Laps
Half Everesting - 18 Laps
Mont Blonc - 20 Laps
Denali - 26 Laps
Death Zone - 33 Laps
Everesting - 36 Laps

Set your goals and then exceed them!

This event is FREE! However, RSVP if possible so we can plan accordingly. Each rider will have their own paper pull tabs at the summit with information about each lap and to help celebrate each amazing accomplishment attained.

If you plan on Everesting you must use a barometric GPS to track your ride and it must be uploaded to Strava. You must also come down the same route you are going up and no changing the route as soon as you begin. I cannot stress the importance of reading the rules set by the Hells 500 group.  If you do not plan on Everesting, then you may descend the New Road if you like because we honestly don't care.

As you enter your 12th lap there will be a mountaineering role play which will help you feel as if you too are climbing Everest. Each lap you will learn about the struggles and milestones of a real climber hiking towards base camp, camps I through IV and entering the Death Zone. By the end of the day you will have a greater sense of how big this mountain, and other mountains, really are because you will have rode them all!

Food and drinks may be stored at Underdog Bike (aka Base Camp) during their operating hours. Hopefully we can keep a cooler for food and drinks at the summit as well if someone is willing to watch over it. You are responsible for bringing your own food. If you bring extra food and decide to share it, we will have a table for 'pot luck' food.

There will be a group photo at the Star at 9 am. Anyone taking pictures with Instagram is encouraged to use the hashtag #Everesting to help the Hells 500 organizers follow our progress.

The picture below provides proof directly from the City Engineering Department that the elevation at Underdog is 930 ft. and the elevation at the Star viewing platform is 1737 ft.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Star City Vicious Randonnee is 100% definitely happening!!!

For anyone unfamiliar with the Virginia Endurance Series - yes, we are 100% definitely riding tomorrow 8/10 9am.


Some will ride the complete Suiride route (all 115+ miles and 15,000+ feet of climbing), yes regardless of the weather conditions ... and yes it will absolutely be a good time.

Of all the hundreds or thousands of rides you've done in your life, if you participate in the Star City Vicious Randonnee you will very distinctly remember it. Guaranteed.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

8.10.14 Star City Vicious Randonnee "Any road cycling." 6 mettle testing routes from 12 up to 115 miles!

8.10.2014 - Any road cycling.

Once a year cyclists have a chance to get their name added to the short list riders who've completed "The toughest group road ride in the history of Virginia" ... the Suiride route of the Star City Vicious Randonnée.

Climbing, adventure, dirt road climbing, astonishingly beautiful terrain ... and it's FREE!

There are 6 route options, and whether you're making history by attempting the Suiride, or enjoying the Vicious, Gran, Medio, Challenge or Prologue routes ... you are in for an incredibly beautiful and physically challenging experience. CLICK HERE FOR DETAILED ROUTE INFORMATION


Arrive at 8:30am, all rides start promptly 9am from the East Coasters Bike Shop, 3224 Brambleton Ave, Roanoke, VA 24018. 540.774.7933


Cue sheets will be provided.

*FREE* To enter simply "Join" the facebook event: www.tinyurl.com/starcityvicious

Ride at your own risk.

Randonneuring is long-distance unsupported endurance cycling. A randonnée is an organized group ride, with some emphasis on speed, but it is not a race, and self-sufficiency is paramount. When riders participate in randonneuring events, they are part of a long tradition that goes back to the beginning of the sport of cycling in France and Italy. Friendly camaraderie is the hallmark of randonneuring.


The 15 rated climbs of the Suiride route:

SUIRIDE Route - 115.0 miles / 15233 feet - CLICK HERE FOR CUE SHEET

Refuel Points at miles 28.8, 44.8, 65.1, 84.5, 90.7, 99.9.

VICIOUS Route - 95.9miles / 12389 feet - CLICK HERE FOR CUE SHEET

Refuel Points at miles 28.8, 44.8, 65.1, 84.5.

GRAN Route - 68.9 miles / 8858 feet - CLICK HERE FOR CUE SHEET

Refuel Points at miles 28.8, 44.8, 65.1.

MEDIO Route - 38.0 miles / 5292 feet - CLICK HERE FOR CUE SHEET

Refuel Point at mile 29.1.

CHALLENGE Route - 24.8 miles / 3251 feet - CLICK HERE FOR CUE SHEET


PROLOGUE Route - 12.4 miles / 1372 feet - CLICK HERE FOR CUE SHEET