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Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) Looking to lose that spare tire? Ideal weight 200+? Frustrated being a large cyclist in a sport geared for the ultra-light? Learn about the bikes and parts that can take the abuse of a heavier cyclist, how to keep your body going while losing the weight, and get support from others who've been successful.

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Old 03-05-07, 02:18 PM   #51
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+ 1 I use one of those on my 62 cm LHT to make it a "68 cm LHT" ...
Were you referring to my post above?
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Old 03-05-07, 03:02 PM   #52
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in the last three years I've done 14 doubles and 2 triples. I'm 6', 230# and 55 years old.

The most climbing I've done on a double was the Heartbreak Double last year with 16,600'. I did the Grand Tour Highland Triple last year, it had 11,500' of climbing. The triple took me 20 hours on the bike and 22 hours overall.
You, my man, are my inspiration! That is some awesome long distance cycling. I hope that I can be all Legs n' Lungs when I hit 55. Thanks for the advice on the rest stops and nutrition. I'm going to have to get that part of it down for sure... I'd hate to get sick to the stomach while riding. I'm glad that I don't have the amount climbing on this ride as you had on your double and triple.

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* Total distance (miles) 202.25
* Uphill distance (miles) 30.87
* Uphill altitude (feet) 1,951
* Maximum altitude (feet) 463

I'm still not enthused about the 30.87 miles of uphill. I know one of the hills is a monster and I should hit that at about the 45 mile mark.
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Old 03-05-07, 04:52 PM   #53
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You, my man, are my inspiration! That is some awesome long distance cycling. I hope that I can be all Legs n' Lungs when I hit 55. Thanks for the advice on the rest stops and nutrition. I'm going to have to get that part of it down for sure... I'd hate to get sick to the stomach while riding. I'm glad that I don't have the amount climbing on this ride as you had on your double and triple.

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* Total distance (miles) 202.25
* Uphill distance (miles) 30.87
* Uphill altitude (feet) 1,951
* Maximum altitude (feet) 463

I'm still not enthused about the 30.87 miles of uphill. I know one of the hills is a monster and I should hit that at about the 45 mile mark.

are you still talking about the STP? If so, the hill you're talking about is just shy of the town called Spanaway. It surprised me the first time. I think it was a left turn that started to wind and I didn't gear down soon enough. Its longer than I like (wait, all hills are longer than I like), but if you just stay in the saddle, put one foot in front of the other and don't get hung up on the fact that some non-Clydesdale may pass you, you'll do fine, it'll be over before you know it. There are a couple of hills on the second half of the ride near Vader/Castle-Rock/Ranier-bridge.
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Old 03-05-07, 06:48 PM   #54
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Still 215 lbs here... did 105.9 miles in Palm Springs this Feb.
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I did 104 miles on MLK Day in January for my first century. I missed a Feb century, but hopefully I'll get one in during March. I'm hoping to work myself up to the serious distances.
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are you still talking about the STP? If so, the hill you're talking about is just shy of the town called Spanaway. It surprised me the first time. I think it was a left turn that started to wind and I didn't gear down soon enough. Its longer than I like (wait, all hills are longer than I like), but if you just stay in the saddle, put one foot in front of the other and don't get hung up on the fact that some non-Clydesdale may pass you, you'll do fine, it'll be over before you know it. There are a couple of hills on the second half of the ride near Vader/Castle-Rock/Ranier-bridge.
Yep, that hill is in Puyallup. I have to gear down in my truck to get up the hill. I'm not looking forward to it. I'm going to go climb it 5-6 times before the STP. Yes, I heard the last 30-40 miles of the STP are rolling hills. I just did a 40 mile ride today @ 13.3 mph. I need to gain about 1-2 mph for the duration of the STP to finish it before dark.
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Old 03-07-07, 09:26 AM   #57
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I've done STP the last two years, both times as a 2 day ride. Two years ago, I followed the chart provided from Cascade. I got pretty close to their suggested miles before the ride. Physically I was fine. My bike however broke with 20 miles to go...

Last year, I was only able to ride about 1/2 the suggested miles prior the ride. I didn't have any trouble on the ride.

I think using the Cascade suggested mileage helps a lot. Also if you could participate in any of the Cascade Training series rides, that would probably help. I was hoping to do that last year, but it didn't work out.

This year I'm planning for the 1 day STP. I'm pretty much in the same situation as you, in terms of getting my speed up, so I can finish before dark.

As far as my bike. I ride a steel road bike, and I do sit a bit more upright. My bars are level with my seat. For a longer ride like this, fit is crucial. My LBS did a great job getting me fitted.

I think if you put in plenty of miles before hand, have a good fit on your bike, you'll be fine.

Also, I didn't find the hill in Puyallup to that bad at all.

Finally if you can make it to one of the Pre-ride seminars, you could get some good information there. I think there is one this Saturday at the Cascade bike expo.
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Longest single ride I have done is 45 miles(road)........... longest time was 5.5 hours(mtn)
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I'm such a wimp! My longest ride is the 50-60 mile "ride your age on your birthday" jaunt that I do each year. Of course, it keeps getting longer...
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Old 03-10-07, 07:11 PM   #60
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On April 1st I hope to do 104....it will be my first century of this year...and no I am not 104 years old...lol
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My longest was 102 miles in September 2007. Since then the longest days have been 60 some miles.
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Mine this year was 253 miles, from 06:00 on 08-22 to 06:30 on 08-23.

I'm calling it 1 day even though it was 30 minutes over 24 hours, since it was a single event 400k brevet and the only breaks we took were to stop and eat or buy more food and use the can.
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Old 10-24-09, 02:49 PM   #63
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Longest was 110 miles. Next year I am shooting for a 200k.
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Old 10-24-09, 05:00 PM   #64
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This thread took a 2-1/2 year hiatus in there. But my longest day was 131 miles back in June, on a 211k brevet.
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I'm right behind you: 127 miles @ a 200k event.

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I'm 5'10 220lbs and did a century last October for the Tour de Cure. It was tough but I made it so I was pretty pumped about that. I have a Giant OCR with some strong FSA RD-400 wheels. The bike held up very well and body didn't do all that bad. I will definitely ride it again this year.

As far as training - I just rode as many miles as I could. My biggest issue was and still is - staying in the saddle and not getting too sore. I think time in the saddle is the only way to cure that. I live in NW Arkansas where there are lots of hills and after getting used to my normal terrain the Tour was much easier on me.
I'm an old Bulldog from Springdale. Never rode bikes there though, except as a kid. Is it a good place for a visiting road cyclist? Maybe I will bring my bike for a visit.
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I did my first century on 10/3. There were a lot of hills and it took me about 10 hours including the lunch and rest stops. I felt pretty good at the finish and was ready to ride the next day. I'm 67, 5'11"+ and almost 230.
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Sadly, the most I've ridden in a day is 63 miles. But, there was 6700 feet of climbing, so I guess that makes it a little more respectable.

I'm planning on doing two centuries next season though...
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107!! Yay Me.... It was during Bikefest sponsored by BRAG a few weeks ago. It was pretty flat and realtively easy. Really! But I am sure back in the day (Last year) i would have thought that was Huge!!!! Actually I do think it was amazing...107 miles, who knew?
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My longest one day ride was the ride back home, the day after a very technical mountain bike race. I crashed hard, banged up my knee pretty good, and still had to pedal my MTB home ~75 miles.

I've gone much, much farther than 75 miles before, but that was the longest day in the saddle ever. I was happy to be home after that one.
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Old 10-27-09, 09:48 AM   #72
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115 miles to the in-laws.
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Did 131 miles this summer, could do 200 miles no problem just have to pace ones self. Did the 131 in 9h10m total time 7h43m riding time. One of my goals next year is a ride called the hairshirt, Toronto to NiagraFalls and back, same day. The top guys finish in under 11 hours over 324km I want to be in the top group, it is flat at only 2000' climbing the whole way.

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My longest was 396 miles in just under23hrs. That was a 600k brevet.
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