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2012-01-06 3:29 PM

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Subject: Milton Triathlon : Official Thread
Is anyone else planning on going?  I am going to do the Milton Triathlon before I do the 70.3 Mont-Tremblant later in June.


2012-01-06 4:21 PM
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I'll be there.  It'll be my first race on a tri bike, first time doing Milton with a wetsuit.  I'm expecting chaos in my T1, especially since the swim->bike run is so short I probably won't even be able to unzip it.

Interesting fact: After 2 years thinking "geez, the 6th line hill is enormous" I ran it through mapmyride, and apparently that hill would only be a cat 1 in the tour de france hill-ranking system.  It makes me want to try a Cat 5 or HC hill.

Less than 5 months!



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2012-01-07 5:51 AM
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I'll be there doing the sprint.  It will only be a "C" level race for me.  I was only going to do the try-a-tri as a warm-up race, but let a co-worker talk me into doing the sprint.
2012-01-09 8:48 AM
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It is a very well run event.

I'll be there again.

Haven't decided on which distance yet, that will depend on how the (highly variable) winter training goes.

2012-01-09 9:46 AM
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I plan on being there.

I'll be doing the Duathlon though.

2012-01-12 7:38 AM
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Just how bad is the big hill on the sprint?


2012-01-12 8:26 AM
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AHare - 2012-01-06 5:21 PM

It makes me want to try a Cat 5 or HC hill.

Those are called mountains!!  Wish we had something in Ontario that would prepare us to ride those categories of climbs.

2012-01-12 8:27 AM
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marvintpa - 2012-01-12 8:38 AM Just how bad is the big hill on the sprint?

8kmph going up - 70kmph going down.

2012-01-12 10:45 AM
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GoFaster - 2012-01-12 9:27 AM

8kmph going up - 70kmph going down.

With a 90 degree left turn right after, so you don't even get to carry all your speed

And since everyone loves hills, the run course goes up the same escarpment as well

2012-01-12 1:17 PM
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marvintpa - 2012-01-12 8:38 AM Just how bad is the big hill on the sprint?

Looking at the maps it appears to be a 10% grade.

What am I planning to do to myself....

2012-01-12 1:30 PM
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i've ridden that hill a few times.  The first time i ever rode it i had to walk up it towards the end.  That was when I first got my bike and had barely any endurance.  The second time I rode it I made it all the way up but was dead tired.  Going up that hill I was doing about 5 km/hr.  but going down i reached 67 km/hr....awesome!!!!

We should setup some training rides when the weather gets better.



2012-01-12 4:08 PM
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That hill is great for repeats - most I did at one time was 5.  For me it's always easier to climb out of the saddle, so I try to see how long I can last seated.  Usually only the first, and that's when I'm in shape.  I went up there on the weekend with the wind in my face, which made things that extra bit more fun...

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2012-01-14 7:34 AM
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It was about ten years ago the first time I went up the hill. I had to stop at the entrance of the golf course (right about where the steepest part of the hill ends) and take a 20 minute or so rest. I still had about 20km before I got home and wasn't sure if I could make it after going up the hill. Ten years later it's become part of my weekly "after work rides".

I recommend that anyone trying the event for the first time go out and ride the course beforehand. Or at the very least drive the course. I didn't do the race last year but I got on my bike and took a trip down and watched from the top of the hill. The most common thing I heard at the top was " it looked easier on Google".

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2012-02-16 7:10 PM
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I am so looking forward to this race. It's the first one of the season for me and I can't wait to see how I do on the new bike setup. The hill on the bike seems to drag on. But the nasty hill at the beginning of the run is more what haunts me. Short but painful.

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2012-05-06 4:47 PM
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As this the closest Tri to me this season, I was planning on adding the bike route to my Saturday morning training ride. I was curious if anyone on here wanted to meet up and ride it with me.
2012-05-23 9:13 AM
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Going to be heading down on Saturday morning to test out the 6th line hill.

Anybody in that area know how busy Kelso Lake (and area) will be due to the dragon boats?  Mostly concerned about finding a good spot to park.

Was also planning to try the hills on this route:

http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/86930429

Any clues how traffic may be?

2012-05-23 11:59 AM
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The hills on your posted route are generally tougher than the 6th line hill that is in the triathlon. Traffic into Kelso might be a headache but generally it should be relatively contained to Tremaine.

There are a lot of cyclists challenging themselves on those hills every weekend so you should have some company to suffer with.

Don't know of any available parking other than in the park however.

2012-05-23 3:45 PM
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You're definitely planning on punishing yourself a little bit with that route.  If you do it, my suggestion is Appleby first, Bell School second, Steeles third, and then 6th line.  For some added fun you can ride the backside of Appleby afterwards.
2012-05-24 9:17 AM
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If you are looking for a long ride in Milton Area that goes all crazy up and down the escarpment (i.e., great prep for Tremblant, Muskoka, Placid, etc.), I suggest the 'Halton Hilly 100'. Look it up on map my ride, its a great course.



2012-05-24 9:57 AM
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Thanks all for the feedback.

I know that little route is a bunch of pain, but it is short, so it won't last that long, depending on how many times we do the loop.

As for the Horrible Hilly 100, I'm not even going to think about that until sometime in July.  Many in our group are doing the 70.3 in Tremblant, but I'm not and no use in killing myself before doing the sprint @ Guelph I (my first A race of the season).  I only just did my first 100km ride last weekend.

2012-05-27 8:38 AM
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So as a 240lb rider, I found 6th line tough but doable.  Focus and grind, I did it non stop up to the top.

That being said, I've done a lot of hills this year, so I was prepared for the challenge.

Appleby kicked my butt though.  On the last right turn switchback I was too close to the inside of the corner, it got *steep* and had to put a foot down and that was the end of that climb.

2012-05-27 8:05 PM
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Yikes, this race is next weekend!  Good luck everybody!
2012-05-28 11:30 AM
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winter_mute - 2012-05-27 9:38 AM

So as a 240lb rider, I found 6th line tough but doable.  Focus and grind, I did it non stop up to the top.

That being said, I've done a lot of hills this year, so I was prepared for the challenge.

Appleby kicked my butt though.  On the last right turn switchback I was too close to the inside of the corner, it got *steep* and had to put a foot down and that was the end of that climb.

I can honestly say I have no idea how I'd climb Appleby if I had to carry an extra 90lbs.  Really nice job - good luck this coming weekend.  Water in Kelso is really good the moment.  Swam on Saturday and I think the temp was in the low 70's which is awesome for this time of year.

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