From 20 miles flat to a UCI queen stage in 5 months? What say you?
As many of you know, I started riding last February. I've lost about 60 pounds and gone from riding 1 mile to 20-30. Winter is poor training here in Utah, obviously, so my fitness is going to be down a bit when Spring comes...but I'm considering taking a shot at the 2014 Tour of Utah Ultimate Challenge, in which amateurs are allowed to ride the queen stage of the Tour of Utah early in the day before the pros race it. It's 112+ miles and 12,000 + feet of climbing.
I wonder, though, if I'm being unrealistic here. By the time Spring rolls around, even with my winter training, I'll probably start back on the bike only being able to ride 20 miles, most of which are flat. And I'm a big guy no matter what (6' 10" and 350 right now), so climbing is not my thing. I'll also only have been on a road bike for 5 months at that point (will have been on a MTB until then). I also have a job and a family and won't be able to devote more than an hour or two each day to this.
On the other hand, despite all that negative crap, I can't stop thinking about what it would feel like to actually cross that finish line. I had the opportunity to see some of the slower amateurs cross the line this past August when I went to see the TOU and I damn near got choked up on their behalf.
So . . . 20 miles flat to a UCI queen stage in 5 months. Can it be done? What say you?
p.s. - I want real opinions, here. Everyone on this board is amazingly encouraging, and I love that, but if this really is an unreasonable goal then I want to know it. I can always shoot for 2015 instead.