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  1. #1
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    I attempted Jester!

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    My husband and I set out this morning with one gaol- JESTER. If you have ever been to Austin to ride or met a roadie from Austin. you will probably hear of Jester. It is an omnious sight off FM 2222, just past Tumbleweed hill. In .5 miles you gain 350 feet at an average grade of 14%. For a few years the nuts held a time trial up it. The elite racers of the area covered it in 2-3 minutes. I was hoping to make it to the top in 10 and not throw up.

    We started out from our house and had to go about 25 miles to get to Tumbleweed Hill. First DH had to have a flat at 18 miles which caused quite a bit of cool down. We hit Tumbleweed hill- woohoo 42.6 mph straight down. Then came Jester. It doesn't just sneak the steepness on you, it throws it from the time you turn off FM 2222. I started along at 6 mph, watched as my speedometer tanked to in the 3 mph range. I was bobing all over the road, fighting to stay upright. I wanted to conquer Jester so badly. I made it to the half way point and gave up. In hindsight I wish I had pushed further, I don't think I was quite ready to fall over yet! I'll be trying again though, I will conquer Jester. We then took the worst road ever, textured pavement, narrow, swithbacks galore and steep down. After a couple more nasty little hills we made it to the bagel shop. Ate lunch went on our way home. About 10 miles from home my husband flatted again. Had to get a Co2 (the first flat he messed up on needed two cans) from some kind cyclist and headed home. 62.63 miles.

    Here is a YouTube of someone riding Jester, I balied out right past that first mailbox you see about 1:25 into the film:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GMT9p7AHCDc

    And here are some shots from the now defunct King Of Jester TT race site, so I don't look like a weenie.





    Last edited by Aggie_Ama; 03-16-2008 at 01:35 PM.
    Amanda

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    You Tube link didn't work, here's one:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GMT9p7AHCDc

    eta: It looks brutal!
    Last edited by snapdragen; 03-16-2008 at 01:34 PM.

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    Aggie-Ama:

    Congrats on going as far as you did. Those pics look awesome!. I still can't get a link to you tube to see the actual climb.

    What a great goal to accomplish

    Red Rock

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    Thanks Snap- I fixed it.

    RR- I fixed the You Tube. I find it odd I want to try again. The thing is brutal and I am not a very good hill climber.
    Amanda

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    Way to go!

    I have to tell you that my palms got sweaty just reading your post and towards the end I realized that I was holding my breathe. I've seen that hill (never tried it myself) and steep hills make me really nervous. as I fell over trying to get to the top of one in Austin.

    Congrats on your success today and I'm sure you'll get to the top if you keep at it!

    karri

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    way to go aggie-
    half way is still super impressive!
    I live in the flats of SE MI and we have nothing even close to that- a few steep inclines but way way shorter.

    42.6 MPH seems crazy fast too!

    hopefully your husband got the flats out of his system for awhilea nd can go on a few rides without any- it's a might anoying disruption to a ride. I seem to be a magnet for flats- I am very quick at changing them now, but I can completely relate to 2 in one day- i've had it happen several times....
    "the greatest that can be.... One Little Victory"

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    One word.... OUCH!!!

    Good on you for taking it on though.. You are a LOT braver than I am!

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    I wish I had the guts to try that I'm still in the stage where I refuse to go looking for hills (and usually try to re-route around them)...
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    Good job!!!
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    Wow Amanda, I'm impressed. I know the hill well as I live very close to the monster. I have never tried the hill myself and have no plans of doing it any time soon. Congratulations on your amazing attempt. You will get to the top of this hill if you keep at it. Sorry to hear about your hubby's flats.

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    What a great attempt! You'll get it next time!

    I have to say, the "start the hurtin', end the hurtin'" picture made me snort-laugh.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ALCR View Post
    Wow Amanda, I'm impressed. I know the hill well as I live very close to the monster. I have never tried the hill myself and have no plans of doing it any time soon. Congratulations on your amazing attempt. You will get to the top of this hill if you keep at it. Sorry to hear about your hubby's flats.

    I have lived in Austin 21 years of my life and don't even like being in a car on some of those hills. I realized coming down Beauford road, it was one of the only roads ever to make me car sick.

    It took fours year of riding to finally just try Jester. I have heard some people say they believe it looks worse from 2222 than it is. I think they are crazy, it is as bad as it looks. We already plan on going again next weekend. I have a sickness now that will only be cured by getting to the top.
    Amanda

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    Thanks everyone! I was feeling a little down about stopping, the encouragement and atta-girls made me feel better. I love how everyone is so supportive, even if we don't quite make it to the goal.
    Amanda

    2011 Specialized Epic Comp 29er | Specialized Phenom | "Marie Laveau"
    2007 Cannondale Synapse Carbon Road | Selle Italia Lady Gel Flow | "Miranda"


    You don't have to be great to get started, but you do have to get started to be great. -Lee J. Colan

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    It's not a goal if you know you can do it.

    That thing looks like a beast, keep at it.


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