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Old 12-14-12, 10:34 PM   #1
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2013 Rides

So i've been reading Distance Cycling, really great book by the way. One of the things the authors bring up is setting goals ie: ride events, group rides, etc etc. So i've decided there are 2 events I want to ride in and am training for. The Tour de cure and The South Carolina EMS memorial ride.

Does anyone else sit down and make a list of rides they want to ride in ahead of time or do you just sign up as you hear about them?
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Old 12-14-12, 10:59 PM   #2
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Last year, when I finally got my behind in gear, I did search out events to do to give me motivation to ride as would need to ride to be ready for them. So in March, I signed up for the 30 mile tour of long beach in early May, 36 mile Beach babe bike ride in mid July and the 100 mile two day MS ride in late October. At the time I signed up fr all these, I did not have a road bike...was still riding my hybrid solely. Got my road bike in early April. Heard of a metric century that was set for late June, so I signed up for that.

so far for 2013 I have signed up for:

1. Century - Tour de Palm Springs Feb 9
2. Century - Tour de Cure Ship to Shore April (forget specific date)

Hope to sign up for these when sign ups open:
1. Metric - Tour of Long Beach (May)
2. Metric - Big Ring (June)
3. Century - Cool Breeze (Aug)
4. 2 day MS ride (Oct)

Throw in "non-organized" possible so cal Clyde/Athena rides...
1. Tour de alpaca ?
2. C/A "Amtrack - Stone Brewery" possible ride
3. C/A ride GMR to Village again
4. ?????

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Old 12-15-12, 12:20 AM   #3
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Yep - I have a huge list of rides I want to do. Tragically, I may be able to accomplish 5% of them but hey - it's the thought that counts, right? The thing about signing up for a ride (or agreeing to meet people somewhere) is that it obligates you to get out of bed and get pedaling. I'm in favor.
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Old 12-15-12, 05:54 AM   #4
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I always research the upcoming year's rides during November and December so I can get them on my calendar. Many don't have registration open yet, but at least they're scheduled so I can plan for them.
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I have a list of YES, NO, and MAYBE rides. I coordinate a little with family, friends, and coworkers, so trying to get some consensus on what we might be able to do together.

Right now the YES list is pretty short, but there are some on the MAYBE list that will get promoted.
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I use a spreadsheet to track organized rides year-to-year, updating the following year's date and registration date as soon as available. Some of our rides (SLOBC Lighthouse, for example) fill up instantly so it's important to jump on registration very quickly. We do 10 or so organized rides/year, mostly 100K since we're seniors on a tandem.
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Old 12-15-12, 12:52 PM   #7
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When I first began riding, I set goals of certain rides I wanted to do. Then I realized I disliked most group rides because I was too slow for them and felt they might as well have been spinning sessions for the amount of time riders spent interacting with the route. I discovered touring because I figured if I was going to be slow and suffer chronic pain, I might as well enjoy a trip as compensation.
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Where do you find upcoming rides in your area?
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I'm more of an "urban" cyclist I guess, and live in a city where events like that are few and far between. So I don't think about planning for big events much. Mostly I ride as a basic form of transportation and as exercise and entertainment. However, in my younger days I was "addicted" to one organized pledge ride in particular - it is called the "Courage Classic", which is a ride in the Colorado mountains that benefits Denver's Children's Hospital. I rode in it 7 (or 8) times through the 1990s. It's still going strong at couragetours dot com, so those folks up in Colorado it's a great supported ride. 3 days about 150 miles total.
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Where do you find upcoming rides in your area?
Google can be your friend. Bike clubs and bike shops are good resources on information on rides. And once you go to one ride you might hear about other rides.
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Google can be your friend. Bike clubs and bike shops are good resources on information on rides. And once you go to one ride you might hear about other rides.
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I've come up with a list of rides in my area for 2013 thanks to Finch and Myo. Having something specific to point towards is a great motivational tool. I've also shared my list with friends and family and several people have decided to join me on one or two of the rides. This will make it more fun and will help insure that I follow through on building a foundation and then actually making it happen.
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I do multiple centuries a year but two really stick out. There are five in my family that ride and we do a 215k ride to our cottage and three of us take a day and ride as far as we can, last year was 380k, 2013 we want to try to do a triple century.
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Does anyone else sit down and make a list of rides they want to ride in ahead of time or do you just sign up as you hear about them?
I've just gotten into organized rides (after a false start a couple years ago). There's an RUSA-affiliated club in western Mass. that runs a couple populaires and a brevet series each year, so I'm planning to do the spring 100K populaire, one or two 200K's, and the fall 170K populaire--maybe a 300K if I have enough left in the tank after the second 200K (though the one time I did a 200K ride, I was pretty beat by the end). I'm also thinking of doing Bike Virginia this spring with a college friend who lives in the DC area. Beyond that, I tend to ride alone or with my wife, but I'll be keeping my events in mind when I plan my cycling. In the spring of 2010 I set a goal of riding 200K, and it was a big motivator.
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Where do you find upcoming rides in your area?
I'm fortunate that here in Indiana we have this organization: Bike Rides in Indiana. I also belong to the email lists of a huge local club (Central Indiana Bicycling Association) and the developmental team/club at my LBS, and they keep everyone updated.
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I make a list and set goals. Some on my list do not become accomplishments but with a list to start with I am better able to set goals to achieve the more important, must-do rides. This year shall prove to be interesting having a 17 year old son getting serious about road racing. I'll likely have to sacrifice what I want to do as a cyclist to be able to give him a chance at what he wants to do.
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I took the same approach to help get me through the winter. I am targeting the MS150 event here in NW Ohio, the Tour de Shore out of Chicago and the Zoo de Mack ride in Northern Michigan.
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I am shooting for two rides next year, the Chico Wildflower Century in April and the Grand Fondo in Santa Rosa. Having a goal was essential for getting out and riding last year and although it took me all summer I did do the Medio route (63 mi, 3800') on the Santa Rosa's Grand Fondo (Coleman Valley road deserves its reputation - only stopped once). This year I am shooting for no stops on the way up. I would like to do some charity rides during the summer in the central CA region too but many of those are not scheduled yet.
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Re: organized rides....The only ride I do religiously is the local MS event. so I sign up for that way ahead of time. Otherwise, I wing it unless there is a ride I want to do that might sell out early and/or has no day-of registration.

Re: club rides that I lead, I keep the ones I want to do in mind and usually list them with the club the month before.

Frankly, I am not impressed with most of the local events. Been there. Done that too many times. Unless a ride is really nice, I would much rather lead a small group of people on a ride of my own than plop down $40+ for an event that uses many roads that I have ridden over and over again during the last 2+ decades. That also avoids the inevitable idiot encounters of larger events.
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I just got a calendar in the mail from Bicycling Magazine along with a "Thank you for your payment of 21.00...". I was getting ready to call and curse up a storm when my wife came in and said, "Oh yeah I got you that so you can plan out your big bike rides this year." All I could do was stand there holding this over priced calendar and say, "Wow that was sweet of you."
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