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    First DC since turning 60

    I did the Davis (CA) double century three times in the '70s, in & just out of high school.
    - Ten speed 531, sew ups, cleats/toe clips, leather chamois, no bike computer, or helmet.

    Back to steady road riding the last couple of years, I did the Mt Tam double (also CA) yesterday.
    This was the worker's ride, for volunteers- the main event was the previous week. Sag support but no stationary rest stops.

    2014 Mt. Tam Double Century - A bike ride in San Rafael, CA

    - Years since last DC: 40
    - Time: 15:23 rolling 19.5 overall (18,000' climbing)
    - Training: inconsistent weekend rides ~70, had not planned on doing this
    - Weight in high school- 155, weight current- 160
    - Fastest time for Davis DC- 9:58 (total, except lunch stop)
    - Results: Butt sore the last 40 miles or so.


    Just wanted to toot my horn. Thanks for listening.

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    Wow...very impressive. Well done!!!!

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    Toot that horn, hire a brass quartet to go with it. That is a huge accomplishment, congrats!
    I think its disgusting and terrible how people treat Lance Armstrong, especially after winning 7 Tour de France Titles while on drugs!

    I can't even find my bike when I'm on drugs. -Willie N.

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    Congrats! Mt Tam does not look like an easy double.

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    one for each 100 =

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    18K, that is a lot of climbing in my book. Good Job !

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    More horn tooting:

    Another thread- 'what's your longest solo ride' got me thinking.

    BITD, before bike computers, etc., I did several long tours.

    Distance was taken from highway maps, & I always wondered how accurate my guesstimate of overall distance was.

    Quite accurate as it turns out- I figured 4,500 miles.

    My longest solo ride:

    Jay's cross country trip 1973 - A bike ride in Fairfax, CA

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    I've ridden the Mt. Tam Double twice and it is not an easy double at all. My most painful memory is Coleman Road; several false summits and 17% with a lot of miles and feet of climbing already on your legs!

    Gotta love the Petaluma Checkpoint!

    Great support though, so thanks for being a part of that too! An excellent event by the Marin club.

    Rick / OCRR

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    From another "just turned 60" guy, that is danged impressive Woodcraft!

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    Senior Member woodcraft's Avatar
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    But did you check out the link in post #7 ?

    It's a pretty cool graphic.

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    Guy you are the maaaan.

    I've been riding since the late '70s and with centuries involved but have never yet worked up the ambition to take on a double. And at 63, I'll let you real McCoys deal with those by now with lots of admiration from us in the cheap seats.
    "I never lost a race because my bike was too heavy".......George Mount

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zinger View Post
    Guy you are the maaaan.

    I've been riding since the late '70s and with centuries involved but have never yet worked up the ambition to take on a double. And at 63, I'll let you real McCoys deal with those by now with lots of admiration from us in the cheap seats.
    You could be a real McCoy too Zinger,

    Doubles really aren't that tough, esp. if you pick your first one with as little climbing as possible. I'm 64 and I've ridden 64 double centuries since I started riding them here in California in 2003. Of course I had 14 before I moved here, so it wasn't exactly a new challenge for me.

    I would advise you to start with the one-day version of Seattle to Portland (STP). Very well organized ride and not too much climbing. Plus, it's on a very long daylight day of the year, so you may finish without needing your lights (which you should bring along, just in case).

    Rick / OCRR

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rick@OCRR View Post
    You could be a real McCoy too Zinger,

    Doubles really aren't that tough, esp. if you pick your first one with as little climbing as possible. I'm 64 and I've ridden 64 double centuries since I started riding them here in California in 2003. Of course I had 14 before I moved here, so it wasn't exactly a new challenge for me.

    I would advise you to start with the one-day version of Seattle to Portland (STP). Very well organized ride and not too much climbing. Plus, it's on a very long daylight day of the year, so you may finish without needing your lights (which you should bring along, just in case).

    Rick / OCRR
    I've no doubts it would make me real but I'm usually too darned pooped after those last 20 miles of the singles to be able to imagine it, especially after a decade long layoff.

    Now that I'm retired and nearly finished with long overdue home maintenance, I plan on next season's free time to put in some serious mileage......As for serious enough for taking on a double remains to be seen.
    "I never lost a race because my bike was too heavy".......George Mount

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    64+14=78*200=15,600 miles

    Nice.

    Were you on that Marin ride? Seems like I talked to someone from SOCAL with 64 DCs.

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    I've been on the Mt. Tam double twice but it was several years ago, I'd have to look at the CAL Triple Crown site to be sure, but not this year or last year anyway.

    Rick / OCRR

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    My wife, both my kids, and my best ride buddy staffed the Mesa Road Rest Stop at Mile 72 in Point Reyes Station.

    Here is a virtual Chocolate Croissant in your honor!

    I hope you had a real one at our rest stop.
    In Escendo Est Verum

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