Birmingham to Mount Cheaha

March 20, 2011 at 8:49 am 1 comment

Yesterday, I opted out of a race to enjoy a little adventure with my family before spring break was over, and before my race schedule is completely full. We haven’t been to Mount Cheaha in a little while now, so before spring break was over I wanted to see if we could go for a short hike and have dinner up on Mount Cheaha. We picked the perfect day because after watching a beautiful sunset, we got to see a very cool red moon rising (supermoon). It was awesome! A video, pictures, and data below tell the story.

The ride was great, and I hit the early climbs hard before settling into Zone 3 to set a fast pace with the intention of pushing it back into Zone 5 for Cheaha after a long ride. Unfortunately, the rough roads of the past few weeks caught up to me and I managed to lose a chainring bolt! The consequence of this being that I couldn’t push it hard in the small chainring without dropping the chain. So I had to climb up Cheaha sitting down grinding a somewhat large gear (39×21 and 39×19) or spinning in my granny gear.

First, here is a TopoCreator map of the route:
Hoover to Mount Cheaha via Lake Logan Martin and Talladega

And here is a screenshot of the Strava data and link: http://app.strava.com/rides/355602
Strava ride data. http://app.strava.com/rides/355602

A short video that Analise took after dinner:

And finally, here are the photos. These are all taken with an old iPhone 3G while riding many of them one-handed so that is why they are all slanted!

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Birmingham 10,000 feet revisited Fun climbing commute

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Long commute home Interesting time space thought - if you see this pic within a minute of me posting it, then I will be at the crest of the middle ridge. A little bit more challenging than normal getting this angle of my bike at the cliffs today.

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