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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 11-16-12, 08:46 PM   #26
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Hmm, a friend and I did the Silver Comet, Smyrna to Cedartown and back on Nov. 1. http://ridewithgps.com/trips/1002843

It was my slowest Century to date and his first. I took my touring bike since I was essentially riding support for my friend.

I wore a long sleeve base layer, short sleeve jersey, tights over cycling shorts, hat and knit cap under the helmet, and started with long gloves. After a couple of hours I shed the long gloves but there is enough shade on the SC Trail this time of year that it stayed cool for the majority of the trip.

I plan on eating on the bike every 30 minutes on a 4+ hour ride. So I used perpeteum in my water bottle and ate a bagel every couple of hours. I was never hungry but did wish by the end that I had more electrolytes in me. Once I got some electrolytes in me, my legs felt much better (about mile 80).

Be warned that at Rockmart you will leave the rail trail and there are decent elevations changes until you get to Cedartown. Right and mile 39 is a chain breaking little bump at 8% grade. Plan ahead and watch for the crack in the asphalt on this hill. My buddy hit the crack and went down hard and that is why we slowed down so much.

There is good water at mile 22, 33, and 50 so plan your rest stops accordingly. Mile 33 is Coot's lake with the convenience store.
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Old 11-17-12, 08:09 PM   #27
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Did you have fun?
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Old 11-17-12, 09:51 PM   #28
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Did you have fun?
well.... Let me explain.

First of all I need to say thanks to everybody for their advice. All of it very useful and great tips!

I have decided that I am a hill kinda guy. It was nice being at good constant speed but it wasnt much of a challenge for my muscles. It was indeed a massive challenge for my bones and patience. It was a total mind game. I can assure you that from mile 67 I was going mad. I'm used to the 50 mile trip so that was fine but as soon as I reminded myself that I have to do the same $hit back I freaked out a little.

I was impressed to see that there were a few hills of descent ascent. I know Dahamac told me about it but I did take it for granted a little. Having done the N GA mountains before I thought this would be no biggie. It made it a little more interesting after all. That was probably the most fun of all day since I love those 8% bumps. Great scenery as well through most of the trail. I was very impressed.

http://app.strava.com/activities/28129329

YES!! I made the 100 miles.. In fact 101 . It was a great accomplishment. However I do not plan to do it anytime soon. It was a big toll on my neck and my feet. At one point I thought I was going to lose my toes to gangrene . I was fine after all. I will do it again. Just not soon. I need to train harder and get in better shape. I do feel good about being so desperate as to pedal with all my might pretty much standing up for the last 15 miles. I managed to do 17mph average through the last 10 miles. I thought i'd never make it. Took me almost seven and a half hours but made it. NEXT !! Six gap century .
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Congratulations on the ride. My wife has a firm rule about avoiding out and back rides since after the "out" one's mind goes into "been there, done that" mode. This doesn't apply to climbs, however, as the descent at 4-5 times the speed looks somehow different.
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Good job, especially closing it out fast.
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How is the commet trail from cobb county east west connector until cedartown. Is flat trail. What is the max cog needed for that ride, I have on my bikes 53/39 crank and 9 speeds cassete 12-25 is okay for that century ride on the commet trail? also i want try do centurry with road steel bike. is weight around 27 pounds. I should i use 52/42 crank or is be okay with 53/39 even is heavy bike. Freewheel have 6 speeds 14-28. I wonder if i can do century with freewheel 6 speeds 13-21
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Ha, great job! Way to finish strong.
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you do the century?
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You seriously rode 100 miles on just 2 clif bars?
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How is the commet trail from cobb county east west connector until cedartown. Is flat trail. What is the max cog needed for that ride, I have on my bikes 53/39 crank and 9 speeds cassete 12-25 is okay for that century ride on the commet trail? also i want try do centurry with road steel bike. is weight around 27 pounds. I should i use 52/42 crank or is be okay with 53/39 even is heavy bike. Freewheel have 6 speeds 14-28. I wonder if i can do century with freewheel 6 speeds 13-21
Just after leaving the E-W connector parking, there is a short,steep downhill to the Mavel Road parking lot. A load of fun when you are going west, not so much at the end of your ride heading east! Some folks call it "Cardiac Hill."
the first 10 miles or so tend to be busy (walkers,joggers, skaters, baby carriages, etc.) and you must pay attention to numerous cross streets. Some have cross walk stoplights, others just stop signs. Kinda breaks up the flow. But, once you clear that area the Trail really gets nice: shallow grades and pleasant scenery.
I have not ridden past the 25 mm or so, but I hear that there are some pretty good grades in and around Cedartown. I believe that the Trail leaves the RR grade and is routed on some local streets (hence the grades,) but can't say for sure.
Anyway, that used to be my favorite ride til I discovered the Longleaf Trace in Mississippi.

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