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    Challenge for new riders in 2007

    This is not only for new riders- but also those that have not taken the plunge in their cycling yet.

    I throw out a challenge to all of us that are new- to get fit enough to do an organised ride this year. I don't mean a 5 day trip across the rockies- or 23 days across America, that is for 2008. What I am talking about is for you to find an organised ride in your area and enter. Mostly these will be a charity ride and will offer a range of miles for you to enter for. My first one will be in March and is a 40 miler for me, 25 miler for others, and is for a local charity body called the LIONS.

    Thing about these organised rides is that you will always find someone of your pace and your grade to ride with. They are fantastic. They urge you to do a higher milage aswell and probably get you to ride at a higher pace than you normally do. The milage will not be high- although hopefully it will be More than you have done before- and the terrain should not be too difficult. It should be just a bit more than you have attempted before.

    So get your diaries out- Find out about the organised ride in your area and enter.

    And then once you have done a couple of these rides- you can all get together and sort out the challenge for the more experienced riders amongst us.
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    You're right that they're fun. And, they're a great way to do your first big mileage ride, be it a 50 miler, a metric, or a full century. Between the support vehicles and other bikers, you're never alone. Most of them have rest stops with food, which is also a plus.

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    But will Digital Gee get a new bike for this?
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    Quote Originally Posted by howsteepisit
    But will Digital Gee get a new bike for this?
    Perhaps someone will sponsor me and give me a new bike!
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    Did two in 06, I'll go for more in 07.
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    Count me in! I've pretty much planned my cycling season for 2007.

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    I love organized rides. One of my favorites is the Tour De Cure in Napa, Ca. I did the short ride last year, and most likely will again this year. I'm supposed to test ride a bike tomorrow, and I hope to like it, order one, and have it in time to get ready for longer rides later this summer.
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    I like your idea-- I tend to ride with a group on weekends, but do the bulk of my riding alone during the week (commuting). I have done several organized rides in the past and have enjoyed them immensely-- For 2007 I am planning to do Ride the Rockies in June-- a week of riding in Colorado... I did it 5 years ago and it was great! Registration is by lottery in February-- ridetherockies.com

    Also take part in a few long-distance rides-- in Southern Virginia over Memorial Day weekend - "Mountains of Misery" and in August -- I hope to ride "The Nightmare Tour" again-- it's the perimeter of Lancaster County in Pennsylvania-- (love the names of these rides...)

    The beauty of these rides is that you always find someone your pace to ride with--and in my case, it seems to always be someone 15-20 years younger than me

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    Hope to do the local "Ride for the Red" in March. All depends on the outcome of my eye surgery.

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    I do one every summer and I gotta tell ya --at the end of the day the beer tastes better than I ever remember. And the pie at lunch, ooohhhh man!

    Even though the rest of the family can't get into it for a whole 9 days, I consider it the highlight of my year. (The rest of the family does the first weekend and then bails on me --leaving me unsupported for the rest of the week. But I couldn't be happier about it.)
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    Ours is a local group of families (10 or 12) and not necessarily open for public signup, but here is a link describing it briefly in case somebody wants to create their own group event.

    http://dbg.home.att.net/clabraw_guide.htm
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    Tour de Cure in Indianapolis in July, a Triathlon in June, and the Wife and I are going touring as well this Summer upcoming!
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    Good Idea stapfam, but I'm a solo rider and strongly avoid group rides.
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    This year - RAIN (Ride Across INdiana), El Tour De Tuscon (25th Anniversary), 24 Hours of BOOTY (Charlotte), also trying to organize a ride with some others on the Natchez Trace. I need goals!!!

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    I love organized rides. I did the following in 2006:
    Greene Trail Cycling Classic - 4 day tour (no camping) with my first century
    Livestrong Ride in Philadelphia - 45 miles of hills
    Several club sponsored rides - 40-65 miles

    In 2007 I will be doing my first multi-day tour with camping. I've registered for XOBA (Across Ohio Bike Adventure). Currently in the planning stage is a multi-day tour in Michigan. I also plan on doing several club sponsored rides again.

    I can't wait until I'm retired and can do more of the tours.
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    I've really enjoyed these rides as well, and have done six over the past two years. These are some of the things that I like about them:

    1) Someone else has planned the route, so all I have to do is follow directions, maps, or signs.

    2) Gets me riding in unfamiliar areas where I would not have any idea which roads are best.

    3) Usually great food and snacks at the stops (danger of a net calorie increase for the day!).

    4) I can basically ride alone if I prefer it, and still have people to shoot the breeze with at lunch or rest stops.

    5) Motorists are extra aware of bikes on the road since there are so many of us.

    6) Can get to know a route and landmarks if you attend particular events every year.

    7) Gives me something to think about and plan for when I'm bored or discouraged at work (IOW, most of the time!).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Red Baron
    Good Idea stapfam, but I'm a solo rider and strongly avoid group rides.
    Thats why it is a CHALLENGE.
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    I accept your challenge. My wife and I have registered for the tour de Whatcom in August. It will be my first attempt at a century. Like some others I primarily ride alone, so this will be a new experience for me.
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    I plan to ride the Reston Century (3rd time for the full ride, hilly option of course) in late August, either the PPTC/Berryville VA Century in September or Seagull Century (2nd time) in October. I may have to roll my own for earlier in the season. I'd like to find a DC-area charity ride supporting breast cancer research and treatment (or I'll do the 2 day Avon Walk in May or the Komen Foundation's Race for the Cure in June).

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    This is a great idea. I know of nothing that can jump start your enthusiasm for bicycling like participating in a large organized ride. When I started riding regularly in 1990, I rode alone almost exclusively. On a lark, I signed up for the Bicycle Ride Across Georgia in the summer of '91. It blew my mind that 2,000 people in Georgia would take a week off to ride bicycles 60 miles a day. What really surprised me was that it was not just a gathering of super athletes. There were some of those, but there were hundreds of average folks and quite a few who you would never guess could do such a thing.
    Since then I have ridden in many organized rides every year. Last year my club put on a small ride on April Fools day. We had such fun and things went so well that we are now busy planning this year's version with more distance options and with a goal of doubling last year's number of riders.
    So take the challenge. No matter how sure you are of how it will be, theres a huge chance that it will be different than you expect. Try something new. You may like it.
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    I'll give it careful consideration. That is a strong maybe.
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