Singlespeed & Fixed Gear - Singlespeed century yesterday (El Tour de Tucson XXVIII)
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11-22-10, 12:28 AM
Actually about 125 miles to be exact, 7.5 miles there, 109 mile ride, 7.5 miles back home.
I did it with 39x16(66gi). Ride was moderately flat with a few short intense hills, about halfway through we had some nasty side/headwind
Everything went smoothly except that my seatpost had slipped down about 2 inches and I didn't realize 'til a couple hours after the fact, when I was wondering why my knees were hurting so bad.
Here's the route:
I didn't find myself to be much more worn out than when I do a 40 miler.
It was a hecka good time.
11-22-10, 12:33 AM
Congratulation Jimmy. :)
How many people attended?
11-22-10, 12:39 AM
Over 10,000 total.
3,500 did the 109 mile.
11-22-10, 12:53 AM
Holy crap! It's pretty cool that Tucson seems to have a good cycling community.
I am planning on doing my first century in the spring.
11-22-10, 08:16 AM
Was E. Sunrise the worst of the hills? Maybe Bear Canyon? I know that stretch from Sabino Canyon all the way to Ina can get a bit testy, but my memory is patchy about any farther east of there. The rest seems to be relatively flat though, which is cool.
I plan to do this ride once I move back there in a few years. I grew up there and remember the first few El Tours because the route goes right past my parents' house. It seemed like a really ridiculously long ride to a little kid but seeing the route now, I can see myself doing it after some training. Good times!!
11-22-10, 11:18 AM
Thanks for the report! Good to hear you made the ride.
11-22-10, 11:36 AM
11-22-10, 11:52 AM
That's absolutely amazing.
11-22-10, 12:59 PM
I was mistaken, it was nearly 9,000 participants... but the numbers I saw on people's backs went over 11,000. Maybe a few thousand people never showed up?
Bent Life: That sounds right, I know it wasn't long after we crossed Sabino Creek. You definitely should, I was surprised at the amount of community support from people sitting along the route in lawn chairs with bells and whatnot. I never even got harassed once by any motorist that I'm sure were waiting for a very long time for all of us to pass in some places, even the cops were supportive(which all volunteered).
It was, Dave, it was.
11-22-10, 03:15 PM
Here's a good photo of the first river crossing. Pretty much epic proportions. (I guess this is from 2008 but you get the idea)
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