Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: East Florida
Bikes: '16 Bob Jackson rando, '66 Raleigh Superbe, 80 Nishiki Maxima, 07 Gary Fisher Utopia, 09 Surly LHT
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Randonneuring: Randonneuring is long-distance unsupported endurance cycling. This style of riding is non-competitive in nature, and self-sufficiency is paramount. When riders participate in randonneuring events, they are part of a long tradition that goes back to the beginning of the sport of cycling in France and Italy. Friendly camaraderie, not competition, is the hallmark of randonneuring.
(from the site of RUSA www.RUSA.org )
That's the kind I like, and it sounds like you might enjoy it. The events are long distance time trials, usually over rural roads, often with lots of hills. You have a time limit to get the distance, hitting checkpoints on the way. Example: 40 hours to get 600k--sleep, eat, etc. when you decide. You are not in direct competition with other riders. You 'win' if you finish within the time limit. It is simply about testing your own limits of endurance. The time limits are not severe, though some riders try to post fast times, of course.
seems to be a NYC-area club running brevets. I'm sure you could find a century to target in the area, as a start. Good luck whatever you decide.
edit-p.s. The Crit would be a pretty serious race. A century is a casual 100 mile ride, with well supported pit stops, gatorade, snacks and such, every 15 or 20 miles.
Something else you might enjoy are club rides. Local clubs typically have rides of 20-40 miles or so, with 'A,B,C.." designations, which imply different average speeds. One of our local weekly 'C' rides is 30 miles at about 17-18 mph, for example. I'm sure there are clubs hosting rides like this around NYC.
At the risk of starting a controversy, you might also enjoy a "Critical Mass" ride, held monthly in many places on the last Friday of the month. You can find one near you with a web search, I'm sure
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