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Old 05-01-12, 09:42 AM   #1
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206 miles, 20,000 feet of climbing. Done.

I guess we 50s folk can get away with starting a thread about an accomplishment. Here's mine:

I finished the Devil Mountain Double Century. 206 miles, 20,000ish feet of climbing. It was the hardest thing I've ever done.

We started at 5 am Saturday and finished after midnight. That is roughly 20 hours.

Those who have seen my posts here know I'm not one of those super studly athletic folks who race. I never played a high school, or even jr high school sport. There are people who complete the DMD in an amazingly short time, with stunning high speeds. But for me, just living through it is a big flippin' deal.

I didn't wear my 50+ jersey. I wore my "California Triple Crown" jersey for tactical reasons. I thought if I missed a cut off by a few minutes I could point at it and claim "This ain't my first rodeo" and they might let me carry on. I didn't need to, but I was ready.

There were also a bunch of NorCal BikeForums folks on the ride, so BF was well represented.

I have long blog entry with a few photos at
http://ccorlew.blogspot.com/2012/04/...tury-2012.html
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Awesome accomplishment at our age, at any age. The only double-century I did was in high school as part of the San Diego bi-centennial celebration. Like you, right at around twenty hours. That was a long, long day. You did well...very well indeed.

Wonderful blog. What's this Garmin Minty Boost battery thing? (Never mind. Saw your hyperlink on your Strava comments. Thanks.)
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Congratulations! I rode my first century last Summer and it had over 8,600 ft of climbing so I can relate to both your pain and your pride in finishing!
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A double century has about as much attraction to me as knitting needles in my ears. That said, well done sir.
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That is an amazing feat. That is a ton of miles!

Have Metric coming up with 8,000 ft. Wish me luck.
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Re: Minty Boost ... just ordered a kit. Thanks for letting us know something like this exists.
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http://www.ladyada.net/make/mintyboost/
You get to solder and everything, just like a Heathkit! I can say that here in 50+ and folks will know what a Heathkit is, right?
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That looks like a tough day on the bike. Congratulations.
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Wow that is quite a ride. Good job getting through it!
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That is an amazing feat. That is a ton of miles!

Have Metric coming up with 8,000 ft. Wish me luck.
Which metric ride has 8000' of climbing? The Tour de Cashiers has around 7400' and I can't think of another loop ride that has more.
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My first century is scheduled for this summer so I am in awe at your double.
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Incredible! I need to get back into the kind of shape it takes to do that kind of ride.
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Excellent accomplishment.

The double century is tough (I've done them - not easy - plan to do a few more, and longer, in the next month or so) - but IMO your achievement is in the climbing. That's a LOT of hills, especially when you're tired!
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Way to go, Curtis! That's a lot of miles and a lot of climbing!
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Mount Diablo and Mount Hamilton in one day coupled with tough roads and wind in between... priceless.
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If you do 80,000 more feet you may be eligible to win a free water bottle courtesy of our friends at Specialized!
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If you do 80,000 more feet you may be eligible to win a free water bottle courtesy of our friends at Specialized!
I have 60,869 in April, and 162,251 for the year, not counting my daily bike commute. But I have a water bottle already. Maybe they'll buy me a Volagi....
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I have 60,869 in April, and 162,251 for the year, not counting my daily bike commute. But I have a water bottle already. Maybe they'll buy me a Volagi....


How come you didn't post the ride on Strava? It would have been worth a kudo or two, I think.
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How come you didn't post the ride on Strava? It would have been worth a kudo or two, I think.
It is on strava. Check the bottom of the blog for an embedded strava post.
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You get to solder and everything, just like a Heathkit! I can say that here in 50+ and folks will know what a Heathkit is, right?
My first computer was is Heathkit. An H-89. Loved that thing. Most surprising of all ... it worked the first time I powered it up.

New goal, a California Triple Crown jersey like yours. But, have to wait until school is over before getting some base miles in. You are an inspiration to us all.
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Looks like a fun ride Curtis! I was thinking about trying it this year, but have put it off until next year.

Congratulations and esp. for the tenacity in the last 50 miles. Climbing is tough. Climbing when you're already very tired is just plain brutal.

So far Mt. Tam is the toughest double I've tried and that's only 17,000 feet of climbing. I need to train more . . .

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Amazing, but it is just so wrong!
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You get to solder and everything, just like a Heathkit! I can say that here in 50+ and folks will know what a Heathkit is, right?
Parts collected and delivered from across the lake from my boyhood Chicago home in Benton Harbor, MI! Tremendous accomplishment!
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That is one big ride. Congrats!
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I had a Heathkit VTVM when I was a kid. VT stands for vacuum tube, remember those?
Anyway, great job on the ride.
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