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From: Brian Cox
Dave Kirk is repeating the High Seven (220 miles and 21,000 feet of elevation gain) on August 2nd. I am riding it with Dave on August 2nd. My teenagers, Daniel and Logan, are doing the support vehicle. Logan will pull out his bike from the support vehicle to accompany us on the last third of the Paradise descent, the last third of the Sunrise descent and all of the Chinook Pass descent.
Dave and I are going to ride by heart rate monitors. This is argueably the most difficult ride in the state. I will let you know, if I finish the whole thing. Dave and I did finish all of Cannonball like a couple of other riders from the club. We are the only two riders to complete all of the High Five twice (1995 and 1996). Please wish us luck on the High Seven in 2002.
You have to keep your rate under 85% of maximum heart rate to riding for up to 11 - 14 hours. It is the only way to finish a days ride 'twice as long and twice as vertical as a Tour de France stage'.
For the record Alan Larson from Cle Elum was 3rd in RAAM this year and is planning to try again next year. Now that is inspiration. Keep the wheels down. . .