Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Hills at the Brazil 135 Mile Ultra

Ok, so it is pretty simple.  No matter how you look at it, at the Brazil 135 Mile Ultra you are either ascending or descending.  With less than 10 miles of "flat" terrain, and even the flat is more of a hill than flat, you can basically count on going uphill or downhill 92 percent of the time.  The downhills were so "quad thrashingly" steep that I recall praying for uphill at times.  Here are some pictures and videos showing how fun it was to conquer the hills at the Brazil 135 Mile Ultra.

Below, New Zealand's David Walker describes what it is like to climb up the Pico Do Gaviao.  Later that evening, David was rushed to the hospital by our crew and would drop from the race due to dehydration.



The higher you got into the climb, the steeper the trail.  The below video is a few hundred hards short of the top of Pico Do Gaviao.  The second video is your standard Brazil 135 Mile Ultra hill climb.





A few pictures.....







8 comments:

  1. Wow!! Crazy steep!! Great stuff!

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  2. Ya looks fun - lol you know to train on for an hour or two but umm up and downs for 135 miles huh - ummmm

    okay going for a few hours, u inspired me - see if I can get an elevation gain of 7 to 12 feet - lmaooo

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  3. Oooh, I LOVE the photos.
    Why the heck is that guy carrying water like that?

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  4. :). Joe Lynn, that was Cleriston, one of our crew members. There were times when we didn't have crew access for up to 14 miles, and Cleriston would always start to walk back towards us when he thought we were getting close. He always brought us some water to drink.

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  5. I love how you are rolling this footage out in daily increments. It’s giving something to look forward to every time I turn on the laptop. This is great stuff!

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  6. My quads are burning just watching.

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  7. Those hills are insane. They don't look so bad in the photos, but seeing the video makes you realize how intense they are.

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