Everesting Elfin Forest to Double Peak Summit – San Marcos – Everest number 3

I completed my third Everest on Thanksgiving day November 24, 2016.  While many were enjoying their time with family and friends I decided to go out and spend some quality time with my climbing bike Bella – Bottecchia Emme 695.

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The first Everest was South Grade Palomar Mountain.  I still consider it as my hardest.  The solitude, the danger of the country road at night, the heat during the day and let’s not forget the HC climb of 11.6 miles and 4,200 feet of gain.


The second Everest was a local hill close to my shop and home, Double Peak Drive.  The climb is 1.1 miles but I chose the segment of the climb that was the steepest 1/2 mile.


And for my latest trick, I climbed a 2.4 mile climb 31 repeats at an advertised 985 feet about 7.8% grade and it also included the entire Double Peak 1.1 mile climb which ramps up to over 15% on the last 1/2 mile.  I Everested only the last 1/2 mile section (steepest section of the 1.1 mile climb) on July 10th – screenshot up above.

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One hour 38 minutes of stopped time.  At first glance it looks like a huge amount of resting time however, I assure you not one of my stops was for a rest.  This particular Everest had 10 Traffic Signals, Five on the way up and Five on the way down.

  1. Elfin Forest Rd (start of the climb and U-turn point)
  2. Schoolhouse
  3. Hope
  4. Questhaven
  5. Double Peak Park Dr (Left turn across traffic)

On every repeat I had to stop at least once on either the ascent or the descent.  Consider 31 repeats being stopped just ONCE for one minute that’s 31 minutes right there!  The rest of my stops were all logistical in nature.  Clothing changes, transition to night riding and of course the self-sagging stops are all very time consuming.

Below is a comparison table of the key data I monitor and use to compare the efforts for each event.

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A few quick points to put some sense to the numbers:

  1.  The Elfin Forest to Double Peak Summit ranks second in the following categories: A. Total Time, Moving Time, Stopped Time and Kj’s, kj/hour, Normalized Power and VAM
  2. The Elfin Forest to Double Peak Summit ranked Highest in Training Stress Score (TSS)

In general it did feel as the second hardest Everest that I have completed.  So the numbers give an accurate representation what happened on the road.

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2015 REV Cycling Climbing Challenges

I offer you parallel climbing challenges for 2015.
1.  CLIMB 1,000,000 feet.  
The goal should be to do it in the fewest amount of miles.  We all know if we go out for a 50 mile ride with 5,000 feet of gain that it is considered a good hard ride but a century with 5,000 feet of gain is fairly easy.  
Your challenge is  10K/1M  in other words 10,000 miles with 1,000,000 feet of gain.  
I expect only a handful of riders on our team will be able to accomplish this challenge.  It is a serious undertaking.  
Simple math 365 days —  2,740 feet of gain per day.  Miss one day and you need 5,480 feet to catch up!
2014 Honor Roll 
Lori Hoechlin
Sol Manion
Congratulations to you both!
2.  CLIMB 500,000 feet
Because REV Cycling is a development team I will also offer a challenge for the development riders on the team.  Your challenge is to climb 500,000 feet in 5,000 miles or fewer.  
NEW FOR 2015
Peak Bagging – is a term used to describe hikers and mountaineers that go out to collect as many summits as they can for sport.  We are going to borrow the term for our climbing challenge.  
The REV Cycling Climbing Challenge for 2015 is to bag as many summits in California and United States as possible.  Only one ascent of each of climb will count towards your point total.  Your point total will be determined by adding up all your climbs using the  difficulty rating assigned to each climb for a total value e.g. 
The Bear (the toughest climb in California) has difficulty rating of 5.56 (4,851 gain in 8.8 miles)
Palomar Mountain ranked 11th in California has a difficulty rating of 3.45  (4,731 gain 13.2 miles)
Bag those two climbs and you have accumulated 9.01 points!  
The difficulty rating for each climb along with elevation gain and miles are listed on the images of the spreadsheet  I have attached to this post.
My recommendation is get the list print it out and tick them off as you go along.  You are on the honor system.  
I have included the rest of the United States so that our team members spread out across the country can compete in the challenge.  
In my Utopian fantasy rosy-colored glasses world I see REV Cycling team members opening up their homes and hosting team members wishing to visit different parts of the country and going climbing together.  What could be better than suffering on a mountain climb discovering new roads and making new deep and lasting friendships?
I would like to have your point totals at least monthly so riders can see how they are doing throughout the year.
Thank you to Paul Sims for his assistance in creating the spreadsheets!
Happy climbing!