Friday, August 27, 2010

Must do in Manitou Springs?

Discussing plans for Monday, Tom Ramsey suggested I try The Incline. He said it was a "must do" activity when visiting Manitou Springs. Now I had heard of this beast before. It is essentially railroad tie steps all the way up, 2000ft in a mile, or greater than 40% average grade. The grade in the middle looks more like 50-60%.  Oh, it starts above 6000ft too. People run up this thing. Record is something like 17 minutes.

So I was like, I don't know, that sounds like major DOMS attack midweek when I hope to be enjoying singletrack. Tom said you can take a trail back down that stretches that 2000ft out over three miles. That still way steeper than Mt Ascutney. Any chance I still have some conditioning left from hiking Monadnock a couple weeks ago?

So I got to the bottom of Tom's strong persuasion to get me to try it. He wants to see me suffer. My curiosity is certainly piqued. I could label it as Ironcross and ski training.  I'll see how I feel Monday morning. Just maybe I'll give it a go.


Dave said...

so, you're gonna ride your trials bike up it?

Brent said...

so, just for shits and giggles, I put this one into brentacol too.

that's nuts, and essentially seems to "crash" my rating system, since it scores about 2 times as hard as Mt Washington in only 1 mile! and that's assuming it were paved. 60% gradients were definitely outside the scope of what I had in mind when I came up with the system.

Who can we petition about putting down some asphalt?

solobreak said...

Buck would do it with a 100 pound medicine ball.

Mookie said...

You should do it. It's a regular workout of Chris Carmichael's. Just walk down the other side backwards.

DaveP said...

C'mon, get the engineering decision making process out of your brain and bring in the soul. Do it! C'mon don't let me down, need I remind you who you are?, you're THE HILLJUNKIE!!!