Nearly 300 cyclists participated in the Greater Arizona Bicycling Association’s Mt. Lemmon Hill Climb on Friday.
This year, ride organizer Larry Robinson designed and sold t-shirts, the proceeds from which went toward buying pie for cyclists who reached the top of the mountain. (I had apple and pecan, for the record).
I rode up the mountain on my Surly Big Dummy — which was easier than I thought it would be because of the low gearing — but was still harder than riding it on my road bike.
I was joined by my friend and colleague, Jay Rochlin, who rode his vintage Gilmour, equipped with fenders and platform pedals without cages.
I’ve included the GPS and ride details at the end of this post.
I wasn’t sure what to expect from the Big Dummy on the descent. I was a little nervous, but in the end, the upright position counteracted the extra weight and I ended up going the same speed as I did the year before on my road bike.
What did worry me a little were the wind gusts. The Big Dummy acted like a sail and made the bike sway a bit.
Check out the video of me struggling up and then coasting down.
And check out more photos from the ride.