Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > > >

Great Lakes Illinois | Indiana | Iowa | Michigan | Minnesota | Ohio | Wisconsin

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 04-23-08, 08:46 PM   #1476
brian416
Roadie
 
brian416's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Traverse City, MI
Bikes:
Posts: 1,440
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Got in 57 miles today, but I didn't put on enough sunscreen and got burnt bad
That was the longest ride of the year so far too!
brian416 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-24-08, 01:25 PM   #1477
garysol1 
Senior Member
 
garysol1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: K-Zoo Michigan
Bikes:
Posts: 10,126
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Yes I did....Me and Leinad did the 3 gap in Georgia today as well as a half assed attempt at Brasstown afterwards. 3 hours 29 minutes, 53.11 miles 3,750 feet climbing. Beautiful day. 80 degrees with lots of sunshine.
__________________
Trek Emonda SLR8 USA Built
Trek Stache 7 Its a hoot!
Specialized AWOL Mile Muncher
Specialized Fatboy Trail Miles of Smiles

Last edited by garysol1; 04-24-08 at 05:52 PM.
garysol1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-24-08, 03:12 PM   #1478
CrimsonKarter21
Mitcholo
 
CrimsonKarter21's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Oost Vlaanderen in mind, Cleveland in body
Bikes: 2010 Mitcholo w/ Sram Force/Red
Posts: 8,850
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Gary, keep an eye peeled for Greg from Spin down there.
CrimsonKarter21 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-24-08, 04:17 PM   #1479
garysol1 
Senior Member
 
garysol1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: K-Zoo Michigan
Bikes:
Posts: 10,126
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by CrimsonKarter21 View Post
Gary, keep an eye peeled for Greg from Spin down there.
We will see him tomorrow night in Blairsville I assume. There is a big street party going on called the night before the climb.
__________________
Trek Emonda SLR8 USA Built
Trek Stache 7 Its a hoot!
Specialized AWOL Mile Muncher
Specialized Fatboy Trail Miles of Smiles
garysol1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-24-08, 05:56 PM   #1480
voldemort
Sheik Yerbouti
 
voldemort's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: in the state of Confusion, formerly from state of Denial
Bikes: 2006 Trek Pilot 2.1, Jamis Sputnik 2009
Posts: 705
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Still trying to get into some sort of cycling condition to CONSIDER the "A" group. So 26 miles today. And to really prepare for all possibilities in New Glarus, I managed to stay out just long enough to get rained on. Soaked in less than 5 minutes, actually.
voldemort is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-24-08, 07:32 PM   #1481
Sage23
It is what it is
 
Sage23's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: The Shaw (SE WI)
Bikes: Trek 1500 and Trek 950
Posts: 573
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Got in 38 miles today -- The wind was pure pain. Was going to make the loop around the subdivision to make it an even 40 but it started to rain just as we entered the subdivision so we went straight home.
Sage23 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-24-08, 07:57 PM   #1482
CrimsonKarter21
Mitcholo
 
CrimsonKarter21's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Oost Vlaanderen in mind, Cleveland in body
Bikes: 2010 Mitcholo w/ Sram Force/Red
Posts: 8,850
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by garysol1 View Post
We will see him tomorrow night in Blairsville I assume. There is a big street party going on called the night before the climb.
Cool. When you get back we'll be able to compare PT data.
CrimsonKarter21 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-27-08, 10:25 AM   #1483
leinad
old but fast
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: elyria, Ohio
Bikes: Trek 1200, Trek 5000, K2 moutain bike, Giant Option touring. Also have 6 other bikes for rest of family
Posts: 721
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Me and garysol rode in Georgia this past week. WOW!! What fun the moutains are, don't remember all the mileage was like 15/50/40 of various climbs and such. It was beautiful and I truely miss it. Got to admit it is hard and my legs are shot right now!

BTW everything you have heard about Brasstown Bald is untrue!! It is way harder than anyone can possibly describe, you have to do it to understand.
leinad is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-27-08, 10:28 AM   #1484
leinad
old but fast
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: elyria, Ohio
Bikes: Trek 1200, Trek 5000, K2 moutain bike, Giant Option touring. Also have 6 other bikes for rest of family
Posts: 721
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Didn't want to post this with the above, so here is todays ride.

Me and the wife meet the Lorain Wheelmen club for the sunday ride (this one was out to Valley City) so for today we got in 56 miles. 50's and sunny with light winds, other than the tired legs, it was a nice ride.
leinad is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-27-08, 04:40 PM   #1485
garysol1 
Senior Member
 
garysol1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: K-Zoo Michigan
Bikes:
Posts: 10,126
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Rode around town a little today
21.11 miles
1.08 ride time
19.0 avg speed
222 norm power
__________________
Trek Emonda SLR8 USA Built
Trek Stache 7 Its a hoot!
Specialized AWOL Mile Muncher
Specialized Fatboy Trail Miles of Smiles
garysol1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-27-08, 05:59 PM   #1486
CrimsonKarter21
Mitcholo
 
CrimsonKarter21's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Oost Vlaanderen in mind, Cleveland in body
Bikes: 2010 Mitcholo w/ Sram Force/Red
Posts: 8,850
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I did a quick recorvery ride today;

Distance: 12.08 miles
Duration: 0:35:29
Work: 430kJ
Average Speed: 20.45 mph
Average Cadence: 82 rpm (down A LOT from last year)
Average Power: 202 watts
Max Power: 1022 watts


I also raced yesterday, the report and data is in my blog

Last edited by CrimsonKarter21; 04-27-08 at 06:07 PM.
CrimsonKarter21 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-27-08, 06:01 PM   #1487
garysol1 
Senior Member
 
garysol1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: K-Zoo Michigan
Bikes:
Posts: 10,126
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by CrimsonKarter21 View Post
I did a quick recorvery ride today;

Average Speed: 20.45 mph

Max Power: 1022 watts
Incorrect
__________________
Trek Emonda SLR8 USA Built
Trek Stache 7 Its a hoot!
Specialized AWOL Mile Muncher
Specialized Fatboy Trail Miles of Smiles
garysol1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-27-08, 06:51 PM   #1488
gcottay
Senior Member
 
gcottay's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Green Valley AZ
Bikes: Trice Q; Volae Century; TT 3.4
Posts: 3,772
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
A nice 32 miles today, avoiding areas flooded by the Mississippi. Would have been even better if I'd remembered to warm up rather than hitting it at the beginning.
gcottay is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-27-08, 07:07 PM   #1489
jbernaeyge
Senior Member
 
jbernaeyge's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: hampshire, illinois
Bikes: jamis
Posts: 169
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
4-27 rode 18 mile down the bike trail on the road bike today.
__________________
http://www.a51tattoos.net/
(815)4551199
http://www.e-rudy.com
http://www.villagepedaler.com
09 Specialized Roubaix
09 Specialized Stump jumper 29er single speed
jbernaeyge is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-27-08, 07:21 PM   #1490
patester242002
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Joliet, IL
Bikes:
Posts: 243
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
4/26 - 17.5 miles
Rode to Plainfield and back. Damn west wind in my face slowed me down big time. (I'm terrible going into the wind.)

4/27 - 17.2 miles
Rode thru Shorewood, went by Channahon Community Park, then rode on Rock Run Greenway Trail on way back. There was a tree down on the I&MCT 0.4 mi. west of Houbolt (Empress) Rd. near Joliet and i saw as many as 8 deer by Joliet Jr. College in two separate locations.

Was a bit chilly here (only in 50's) but dry this weekend. Tomorrow is supposed to be cold and showery at times with highs only in the 40's. Think i'll take tomorrow off. Rode over 130 miles in past 8 days so I could probably use a rest day.

Later
patester242002 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-27-08, 09:44 PM   #1491
That Guy
Ubiquitous Fella
 
That Guy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Milwaukee, WI
Bikes: Motobecane Fantom Cross, singlespeed clunker
Posts: 62
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Tried to to the Old Plank Trail in Sheboygan yesterday. Got a late start, then the trail was closed at the east trailhead, rode through muck for a quarter mile, rode around into Kohler, trail still closed, back to the car, then back on the trail and into a 30 mph headwind. I spent 45 minutes going out but only 15 minutes going back to make for about a 15 mile ride, then had the most wonderful cramps in my feet afterward. All in all a kinda sucky ride, but hey, any ride is better than no ride.

Chris
That Guy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-28-08, 04:42 AM   #1492
CrimsonKarter21
Mitcholo
 
CrimsonKarter21's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Oost Vlaanderen in mind, Cleveland in body
Bikes: 2010 Mitcholo w/ Sram Force/Red
Posts: 8,850
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by garysol1 View Post
Incorrect
Correct. I had a tailwind, and I did a quick sprint like I do when I warm up for a race.
CrimsonKarter21 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-28-08, 07:34 AM   #1493
DougG
Road Runner
 
DougG's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: Rochester Hills, MI
Bikes: Specialized Sequoia, Specialized Crosstrail, Cannondale Synapse Carbon
Posts: 1,039
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
22 miles on Sunday along a mostly-paved rail-trail on my "comfort bike". Had the familiar situation of a stiff tailwind on the way out and once again underestimated what the return trip would be like. Seriously burning quads for that last half mile uphill into the wind to my house!

You'd think I'd learn from this eventually...
DougG is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-28-08, 12:43 PM   #1494
CyLowe97
Up on the Down Side
 
CyLowe97's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Chicago(ish)
Bikes:
Posts: 6,330
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by garysol1 View Post
Yes I did....Me and Leinad did the 3 gap in Georgia today as well as a half assed attempt at Brasstown afterwards. 3 hours 29 minutes, 53.11 miles 3,750 feet climbing. Beautiful day. 80 degrees with lots of sunshine.
We need more details than this, Gary!

Where'd you start? Which Gaps? What's with the half-baked Brasstown attempt? Etc?
CyLowe97 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-28-08, 01:24 PM   #1495
garysol1 
Senior Member
 
garysol1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: K-Zoo Michigan
Bikes:
Posts: 10,126
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by CyLowe97 View Post
We need more details than this, Gary!

Where'd you start? Which Gaps? What's with the half-baked Brasstown attempt? Etc?
Details.........
We parked my mighty gas guzzling rig at Vogels State park which is just south of the intersection of 129 and Wolf Gap road. We unloaded in the park and made the left onto 129 which brings you down hill about half a mile to Wolf Gap rd. Hang a left on Wolf Gap and the fun begins. The climb is maybe 3 or so miles long. I shifted down into my lowest gear (39/25) pretty quickly and got into a pretty decent rhythm. The road climbs and has about 4 or 5 switch backs turns that allow you to see where you have been. The road is within a state forest I think and the tree growth is quite dense. I stopped at the look out after the climb and waited for the others. The decent is good fun. Good quality road with just a few turns. There is 8 miles of rolling until the next intersection in Suches Georgia and Rt 60. We had the funniest thing happen before we reached Rt-60. A pick up going the other way passed us going maybe 30 MPH with a Pitbull chasing him. The dog was about 3 lengths behind him and I swear he was catching. His tongue was hanging half the length of his body. He looked at us and winked as we screamed past us.
At the intersection of 60 and Wolf Gap Road we hung a left. It was a slight uphill till the base of Woody Gap. Woody is another Low gear climb but not terribly long or steep. Leinad was on my wheel for most of the climb till I decided to be a ass and put a few hard kicks in . The decent of Woody gap is one for the books. Simply incredible. Awesome road conditions mixed with steep descents and sharply banked turns equal great fun. After the descent was over we had another few miles of rolling till we had to tuen left again back onto 129. That was were the pain began. Neely Gap......That F**cker never ends. It averages I am guessing 7 or 8% for over 6 miles. There is one downhill after 2 miles that either lets you prepare for the real climb or breaks your spirit when you realize that the climb was not really over. We climbed and we climbed......and we climbed. Many switchbacks and a bit of traffic to deal with as well. The road up Nely is also the local speedway apparently as cars and motorcycles love to dive through the turns. After 45 minutes of climbing Neels the decent is not real steep but pretty long. Vogels state park is just ahead of us so we turn into the park to refill the bottles and get some food.
After we rest a few minutes we again turn left on 129 out of the park and head to Rt 180 which is where Jacks Gap is and also the entrance to Brasstown. We hang a right onto 180 and I notice Leinad is starting to lag a bit. After a few miles we start climbing Jacks which is very steep. Leinad throws in the towel and I silently thanked him We turn around and head for the car. I suggested we drive to Brasstown just so Leinad could take a look at it. He agreed and we drove up to the top. He mentioned that it did not appear as steep as he thought it would be. So again I suggested lets just drive back down and park the car and go for a climb. So we did......We got to the beginning of the wall and I said MERCY first. My legs were just aching and the fun quotient had stopped a long time earlier. Leinad's triple that I tease him about was doing him well. He continued up a little farther until he came to a halt as well. The decent of Brasstown is amazing. Simply release your brakes and your instantly up to 45 mph. Add in the crappy road and it is instant excitement!

Me in Yellow and another friend


Leinad
__________________
Trek Emonda SLR8 USA Built
Trek Stache 7 Its a hoot!
Specialized AWOL Mile Muncher
Specialized Fatboy Trail Miles of Smiles
garysol1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-28-08, 03:18 PM   #1496
leinad
old but fast
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: elyria, Ohio
Bikes: Trek 1200, Trek 5000, K2 moutain bike, Giant Option touring. Also have 6 other bikes for rest of family
Posts: 721
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Me's thinks gary is being gracious here, and I thank him for it, but here is my side of the story.

Following gary up a hill, any hill, is a painful experience. The guy is just flat out powerful, I know what it feels like to be Jon Ullrich and see Lance give you that "are you coming look" ! This from a guy most people feel is a good climber as well (like I always say "there's always someone out there waiting to kick your a**). The climbs on the 3 gap where great, but for some reason I didn't read the route discription all the way through and didn't know that NEELS gap was coming. It caught me completely off guard and hurt me bad! As Gary said we tried to ride to Brasstown but I knew if I didn't turn around, Gary would be nursemaiding me back to the car at 5MPH so I gave it up.

Now the Brasstown ride was this, Gary talked me into trying it even though I highly doubted my chances. So I locked on the white line and told Gary not to tell me where we were ( I didn't want to know). As gary said he stopped first and I thank him siliently (as he did me). I tell you what though that climb isn't what people say it is, It is WAY HARDER!!
leinad is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-28-08, 06:14 PM   #1497
SSIndyRider
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Indiana
Bikes:
Posts: 204
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I'll join in, after that it was Garysol I met in Blairsville Friday night...no ride today, but the previous 2 in GA:

Saturday - Circle the Bald ride from Hiawasee - 35 miles. Rode through Jack's Gap, past the base of Brasstown Bald spur - using part of the Stage 6 route, then around back to Hiawasee. Some nice climbs - the climbs leading to the spur are plenty of punishment before the pros have to kick it up the Bald spur. Jack's gap hits 20% grade before a brief respite in the middle of the total climb. The ride sheet showed "about 3000' elevation gain", my Garmin reports about 4000', as does my DeLorme Topomaps. Heavy canopy caused the Garmin 205 to have some problems - numbers could be off in it. Averaged 18 mph, which was well over expectations

Sunday - Went for a short recovery ride - well it was supposed to be. It was only 12 miles, but thanks to sore legs from Saturday's workout on the bike, plus 7 miles of walking up and down the Bald, the "small" 300' climb that also hit 15-20% felt tougher than the 35 the day before. Consequently no ride today (too dang tired from that plus 8.5 hour drive).
SSIndyRider is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-28-08, 06:17 PM   #1498
garysol1 
Senior Member
 
garysol1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: K-Zoo Michigan
Bikes:
Posts: 10,126
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by SSIndyRider View Post
I'll join in, after that it was Garysol I met in Blairsville Friday night...no ride today, but the previous 2 in GA: .
It was a super pleasure meting you guys Friday night. Glad your Saturday ride worked out well!!
__________________
Trek Emonda SLR8 USA Built
Trek Stache 7 Its a hoot!
Specialized AWOL Mile Muncher
Specialized Fatboy Trail Miles of Smiles
garysol1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-28-08, 07:56 PM   #1499
whitesox
Senior Member
 
whitesox's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Chicago
Bikes: Giant OCR-C3 Composite
Posts: 272
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
4-26... 25 miles miles in the awful wind. I bonked. Went out and went back in, I absolutely hate riding in 25mph winds. I find no joy in it, and it's scares me to death wondering if the next gust I will end up in front of car

4-27... 72 miles, sweet. 40 with the bike club, then the boyfriend and I did an additional 32 on our own. Great day. A little chilly... but the winds were low and I felt good and needed a good ride... so I rode
whitesox is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-29-08, 06:52 PM   #1500
jbernaeyge
Senior Member
 
jbernaeyge's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: hampshire, illinois
Bikes: jamis
Posts: 169
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
4-29 did 2 loops at raceway woods on the mtb. im just getting over a cold so i felt like crap.
__________________
http://www.a51tattoos.net/
(815)4551199
http://www.e-rudy.com
http://www.villagepedaler.com
09 Specialized Roubaix
09 Specialized Stump jumper 29er single speed
jbernaeyge is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 08:23 PM.