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Old 02-11-10, 11:24 AM   #1
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29th Cross Florida Bike Ride (170 mile Coast to Coast one day ride)

http://www.spacecoastfreewheelers.com/events.htm

(Cross posted from the Southeast forums for those who may be interested.)
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I'm riding it........... ramping up the training miles
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I'm riding it........... ramping up the training miles
Same here, been training as much as I can. Due to time constraints I've only able to get in one longer ride a week (80-100) but I've been Interval training pretty hard. Hope to ramp up to a couple of 150 mile rides by April to see how my ass holds up
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This sounds like an interesting ride. Does anyone know how many riders normally participate?
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Does anyone know how many riders normally participate?
not sure, but seems to have alot of local interest
my club has 7 guys set to ride it

i'm ready for the pain ....
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This looks awesome. Even just to do as a personal 2 day tour. For everyone participating, enjoy the ride!
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I just moved to Ft. Myers this year and am thinking about riding as well. I ride around 250 miles a week all very flat. I know Florida does not have mountains but how hilly will it be? I ask because I might ride my single speed free-wheel bike instead of my '73 Paramount. Any comments ?
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Wow, A single speed for 170 miles. That should be pretty brutal. But As you said, there are no hills in florida. I still have the article of the 78 yr old woman who does the 100 mile charity rides in her sunday church dress and a single speed beach cruiser. So anything is possible, that is for sure.
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I just moved to Ft. Myers this year and am thinking about riding as well. I ride around 250 miles a week all very flat. I know Florida does not have mountains but how hilly will it be? I ask because I might ride my single speed free-wheel bike instead of my '73 Paramount. Any comments ?
Here's the route with the elevation profile. Looks to be right around 1,800' with most of the hills coming after the 120 mile mark. Not something I'd personally want to do on a single speed- but, then again, I'm a puss.

http://ridewithgps.com/routes/39771
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I've been riding long rides on fixed-gear bikes for a year now (including 2 1200Ks). You'll find doing long distance fixed/SS is a lot easier than you might think. In Florida, I've done centuries in 49x15. Generally, I find that 49x18 -- 72 gear inches -- is a good gear for most long rides, especially those with some elevation change. Many prefer something a bit lower, in the mid-60s. Much lower than that, though, and the descents become a real bear on a fixed gear.

I'm "in" for the cross-Florida. I'll be riding fixed as will be some of my mates from the St. Pete area.
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I've been thinking about doing this for the last two months. I finally pulled the trigger and signed up. I hope it doesn't rain all day!
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For anyone interested, I put together a time/mileage spreadsheet for this ride.
At any point along the ride you can easily see if you are keeping the minimum pace required to meet each cutoff, as well as SAG stops, the cutoff points, and convenience stores.

http://tinyurl.com/yz794ze
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Did it last year. There were about 70-80 people in it if I recall correctly. Not doing it this year though.

Great weather with no wind or heat to speak of until about 1-2 PM. Like someone said above, the "hills", if you want to call them that, come after about 130 miles or so. All of the sudden tiny hills that look half the size of a bridge or overpass feel like huge mountains if you want to keep the pace. Add to that the heat/wind and you have a serious combination.

Best thing you can do is to stick with a group in which you feel comfortable with the pace and safety. My longest ride last year prior to it was about 135 miles solo, and I finished it despite some of the most painful and nasty leg cramps a human can endure for the last 20-25 miles. Best guess is I did not drink and eat enough. It took me 10.5 hr including breaks, which were more than I planned and longer too as I was stopping whenever the group would stop. I figured it wold be easier to finish with them than try the dumb solo approach and getting burnt on my own.

One thing I would seriously recommend is to try to find someone to drive your car behind you or leap frog over you every 20 miles or so. A team car or support vehicle. This ride has little to no support whatsoever, and it would be extremely difficult for you to get a mechanical problem, fall, etc. and get quick attention. Besides, you will need a ride back once you get to the other side anyway. Have them carry all the drinks, food, etc. you will need, which will make you stopping much easier. Also, it will prevent you from getting stuck on the other side until your ride is leaving. Once got to the other end, took a shower, ate something very light (amazing how after all that food is the last thing in your mind). did some chit chat, and I was ready to go within the hour. If I did not have my ride there I would have been stuck there waiting for the last people to come in god knows when to take the organized ride back.

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I've been thinking about doing this for the last two months. I finally pulled the trigger and signed up. I hope it doesn't rain all day!
Doesn't look like it'll rain, but it's going to be on the warm side (lower 90's).
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BTW- If anyone needs a ride over from the Spring Hill area, (or anywhere else on the way in between there and CoCoa Beach) let me know. I'm leaving Sat around noon and have one extra seat in my pickup.
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