Quartz Mountain Diamondback 100 bike ride - Altus, Oklahoma
I am an experienced century rider usually finishing around 4 1/2 hours on a flat ride like the Diamondback. This was going to be my wifes first century. She isn't experienced with group rides so I planned to stay with her throughout the ride to support her. I'm glad I did!!! The ride started out wonderful with a tailwind for most of the first 45 miles and she was riding well above her normal pace comfortably on my wheel. Then we turned south at the lake straight into the hot wind and onto the worst stretch of road of the entire route (not meant for road bikes, way to rough). From there it just got hotter and hotter topping out at 112 degrees. We stopped at a rest stop, refueled, and decided to take HWY 283 straight back into town before the heat cranked up anymore. We ended up riding 80 miles at the finish and come to find out she had done something at that rest stop to make her front brake rub the last 10 miles. It took us 4 hours and 55 minutes to ride the 80 miles but given the severe weather conditions and this being my wifes first attempt at a century with the issues she had I am very proud of her!!! My butt was dragging the last hour or so because i'm not used to being on a bike for that long and in that kind of heat. The rest stops were adequate with friendly informative people, the shirts/packets were great and the pizza and air conditioning at the end was heaven. I love this ride, it is the 2nd time I have ridden it and it won't be the last. The route is fast and the roads are mostly smooth with some nice countryside. Altus has a great italian restaurant as well. I will absolutely continue to make the long drive from just north of Tyler, Tx for this ride. Great Hotten N Hell tune up without the crowd.
Very nice ride and definitely worth the drive from the Dallas area. The people at the rest stops really make this ride. Plenty of ice and other goodies. They all really go out of there way to help and make sure you are okay. Route directions were great. The temp gauge on my bike went to 119 degrees and I finished the 100 mile around 12:30. All roads were great except the most scenic area of the ride up on Quartz Mountain around the lake. Very rough. All others were smooth. Wind very strong coming back the last 45 miles, 15 to 25 mph. Ouch. Rode with 2 other riders coming back and we worked well as a team to make the ride back much more enjoyable because of the wind. Great job and will be back next year.
August 7, 2010
This ride is truly a diamond in the rough and one I would highly recommend to riders who seek smooth, flat roads, and beautiful scenery. The third running of the Diamondback 100 occurred on August 7th and had about 150 participants. Courses included 10, 30, 40, 65, and 100 mile routes. The ride begins in the City of Altus but the longer routes extend into the Quartz Mountains approximately 20 miles to the north. The views are fantastic and yet the roads are as smooth and level as any you’ll find. The HH100 is not as flat as this! Very well organized and well stocked rest stops. The City allows camping the night before the ride on the grounds of the municipal center complex making it easy to come in the night before and be ready to roll with the 7:00 a.m. start. Altus is a bit of a drive for many of us, but this ride is worth the trip! Be sure to put it on your calendar for next year.
Pretty good ride. About 3.75 hours from Dallas. Nice scenery and very friendly people. Rest stops were plenty stocked will lots of goodies. I did the 100 mile route and climbed a total of 1250 feet. Quartz Mountain was beautiful. A lot of things to do there like pony rides, bumper cars, etc.... Route directions for the ride were spot on. I will be back next year. Thanks.