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Old 08-15-06, 07:17 AM   #1
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Greetings all, I am a total road bike newbie. I just picked up an 07 Allez Elite last week and LOVE it.

I want to ride my first century by this time next year.

Guess we'll have to wait and see.
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Old 08-15-06, 07:48 AM   #2
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Hey man... where exactly are you at in the DC area? I'm in springfield, va.
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Old 08-15-06, 07:52 AM   #3
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Welcome both of you! You'll find plenty of riders in the DC area and lots of good advice along w/ some bad advice.
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Old 08-23-06, 01:27 PM   #4
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I'm also a DC biker. I've spent the last 10 years or so riding various Cannondale hybrids through a loop from my Capitol Hill neighborhood to Dupont, to Bethesda, to Georgetown, and back. I just bought a Trek Madone 5.2 and took it for my first ride last night at Haines Point. Speedy bike, but I'm so used to straight-across handlebars that my hands got sore after a couple laps.

Am also planning/hoping to do a century. I've never done more than 35 miles in one shot, but I've done 20-30 mile loops several times a week for many years, so I think I've got a base from which to work. I'm not necessarily a natural athlete, however, so things tend to come a little harder for me. Wah wah wah.
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welcome... I ride in the Prince Georges County area (DC suburbs). good luck with that century.
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Originally Posted by hutchback
Greetings all, I am a total road bike newbie. I just picked up an 07 Allez Elite last week and LOVE it.

I want to ride my first century by this time next year.

Guess we'll have to wait and see.
Well the first step is buying the bike, and getting on it! if you need any help go check out the road cycling forum with any questions you may have.

http://www.bikeforums.net/road-cycling/
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Old 08-26-06, 05:24 AM   #8
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I am also in the DC Metro Area- Alexandria to be exact. Have you joined a club yet?
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