Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Dallas area, Texas
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It seems to me that really good cyclists seek out hills because that's what it takes to really challenge them, but in doing so, you automatically eliminate a lot of average cyclists. You have to decide whether you want some sort of iron man competition where only the tough survive or whether you want a fun ride for a lot of participants.
Personally, I would rather ride a 100 mile flattish course than a 25 mile hilly course. That is, cutting the course length down doesn't accomplish much if it's a course I don't want to be on in the first place.
What makes a ride memorable- good weather, for starters- nice scenery- good roads, little traffic- meeting new people. The ideal route is a loop, not an out-and-back.
Bad things for a ride- heat/ humidity- running low on supplies, especially liquid- traffic or roads worse than expected- flats.
"be careful this rando stuff is addictive and dan's the 'pusher'."