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    I would like to qualify for a Triple Crown jersey this year (3 qualifying California double centuries in the same calendar year), and ride 3 centuries again. I will have to see if my work schedule will allow it.

    At some point I would like to do the Century a month challenge in Ultra Cycling

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    Complete a P-12. Complete an SR Series. Do RAGBRAI (maybe).

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    Hopefully ride my first metric century, but a little more (146km) to my cottage in August, I'm trying to find a way to map out a century because right now it's 91 mi and I don't want to regret losing out on only 9 mi from a century.. Anyway this will be quite the goal for me because I got my first bike last year in July and only rode it about a month, so hopefully I can train enough to. Also to ride ALOT more.
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    My goals are to get a little faster, and ride a little further than I did last year. That, and qualify for RAAM.

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    I plan to do a 12 hour race, a 24 hour race, and 32 centuries this year.

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    Wow, you guys are pretty inspiring. Most of mine are mtb oriented.

    Doing the century a month challenge (I really should buy a road bike...)
    My big goal, the one I am unsure if I can come up with the fitness for in time is the Colorado Trail Race
    Maybe throw in a 200k or if I get the time a 300k.
    Follow me as I prepare for the 2010, wait no 2012, maybe 2013 Tour Divide, ahh hell I will do it one day...
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    Quote Originally Posted by sstang13 View Post
    Hopefully ride my first metric century, but a little more (146km) to my cottage in August, I'm trying to find a way to map out a century because right now it's 91 mi and I don't want to regret losing out on only 9 mi from a century.
    When you're faced with a situation like that, simply ride 4.5 miles back up the way you came, turn around and back to the finish.

    Or do a lap around the block at the start, finish, or anywhere in the middle.

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    The goal for me is to get back into shape like I was two years, and start up with my first brevets ever.

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    Well,without so much as planning it or eating any kind of food at all before (like,nothing that day except the ride snacks until after),I finally rode my first ever half century Saturday. I was planning on just a 25 or so mile ride,but I felt good and kept going (it's an out n back,VA Creeper Trail).

    I learned some things: I can do a metric (my first) on my Bandersnatch (mtn bike-that's what I rode Saturday),but the drop bars on my CX bike (which is lighter and faster) around 30-35 miles,my neck\spinal issues start acting up,but not on the mtn bikes...might be that I'll have to look into some flat or riser bars (or bull horns?),I'll have to eat good before I try a century,and carry more fluids than my normal 2 bottles (I use my Camelback for a backpack),and I'll have to schedule it,not "spur of the moment it" with childcare...but I'm working towards it
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    I haven't done a century (metric or otherwise) since '99 when I had a summer of unemployment and plenty of time on my hands which I took to explore almost every path and trail my city had to offer.

    Last year, other than my daily commuting, I did get in a few 50km rides.

    I'm hoping to complete these long rides this year each progressively longer than the previous.
    My house to Osgoode (About 80km/50miles round trip)
    My house to Carleton Place (About 120km/75miles round trip)
    My house to Vankleek Hill (About 160km/100miles round trip)

    Long term goals:
    My house to Rigaud, QC (About 220km/135miles round trip)
    Ottawa to Montreal (About 185km/115miles one way)

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    I'm not a distance kind of rider but my 2012 goals are to complete a 24 hour challenge and to cross South Korea from west coast to east coast in less than 24 hours in June. Still not sure which bike to use.
    I guess in order to fulfill those goals I'll also need to complete my first imperial century and double metric as well.

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    TOSRV in Columbus Ohio.
    12 century rides.
    Improve from average mph 13 to 16.
    Get in shape to ride RAIN next year.

    2nd year of returning to cycling after a 25 year hiatus.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jjames1452 View Post
    TOSRV in Columbus Ohio.
    I'm flying up Friday for it; it'll be my 8th one. Riding down and back in one day with a group of guys I used to work with. Good luck and give the folks in the PorterWright jerseys a wave when you see us headed North!

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    As a relative newbie to LD, my goals are pretty modest:

    1) Ride as far into the brevet series as I can, and
    2) See how much I enjoy riding distances longer than a century or two.
    Quote Originally Posted by chandltp View Post
    There's no such thing as too far.. just lack of time
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    I did over 40 miles on the VA Creeper Trail today...that's my second longest ride ever. HOPING to do some mini-tours/bike-camping this month with my son (he'll be 10 tomorrow...now tell me that that wasn't a cool Ma's Day gift 10 years ago ),and my mileage this week is probably my highest ever at nearly 140 miles...I'm getting closer
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    Goals:
    1. Get in shape for my next year race around Australia
    2. Do 1600-2000km a month, throughout the year
    3. Do a brevet series
    4. Just get out there spending time on the bike .

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    I meant to mention,my annual goal was only 1,000 miles...I surpassed that before June started
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    I know I have done about 1500-2000 miles so far this year on my old bike, but in may I got a new road bike, I would like to do 4,000 miles before snow comes and bike season ends and snomobile season starts, I have 900 so far...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Machka View Post
    We considered a 200K per month challenge for this year, but we think it would be tough to find a 200K in each month this particular year. So we'll stick to another attempt at the Century-A-Month. That went well in 2011 ... we successfully completed it, and it worked very well as motivation to keep riding long distances all year long.

    We are talking about finishing the Super Randonneur Series. We've got a 200K and 300K so far in the 2011/2012 Randonneuring year ... now we need the 400K and 600K.

    And maybe a fleche ... and maybe something longer.

    I would love to do another 24-hour race, but finding one that fits our schedules for this year would be the bigger challenge.

    Well ... in 2012 ... we did one 200K and three centuries. So our CAM challenge lasted till April.

    As for the rest ... our Round The World tour took priority. We've cycled all over the world, but nothing terribly long.



    Onward to 2013!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by DXchulo View Post
    Main Goals:
    -California Triple Crown Stage Race
    -One century per week
    -Centuries in 3 new states

    Possible Goal:
    -Ride across Nevada and see how close I can get to 24 hours. I'm still undecided on that. I'll have to see if there's a good spot in the calendar when the California Triple Crown dates are posted.
    -California Triple Crown Stage Race was completed. I was in the top 5, which was much better than expected.
    -One century per week was completed. I enjoyed it enough that I'm going to try it again in 2013.
    -3 new states are under the belt. I added ND, TX, NC, and GA. I'm sitting at 19 total states now.

    I never seriously considered the cross Nevada idea. I couldn't find a good spot in the calendar for that one. It's still in the back of my mind, but not a top priority for 2013, either.

    All in all it was a good year. I did what I wanted to do and I'm hoping for more in 2013.
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    Bit of a disappointing year bike-wise, for various reasons.

    Quote Originally Posted by LWaB View Post
    Still working out options for 2012 but so far:
    1000 in Oz (DNF)
    200 and 600 UAF Audax in France (200 from Paris was fun, 600 cancelled)
    Paris-Low Countries-London 1100 UAF to celebrate the Olympics (cancelled)
    The Young Lady is looking at the Cascade 1200 but lack of holidays may preclude that one for me (swapped for a Portugese 1000, which we DNFed)
    A nice selection of AUK events for a couple SRs and a 'Randonneur Round The Year', including an Arrow or two (yes but no Arrow)
    Hopefully a couple of Fleche du France and possibly a Diagonale (Nope)
    Supporting a friend on the Mersey Roads 24 TT (he got a PB)
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    To recap my year, I rode something like three or four centuries and did a 200k, 300k, and 400k without DNFing. One rider whose company I really appreciated on the latter two rides told me I was strong as he was after three years of randonneuring, so that was encouraging.

    Quote Originally Posted by ThermionicScott View Post
    As a relative newbie to LD, my goals are pretty modest:

    1) Ride as far into the brevet series as I can, and
    2) See how much I enjoy riding distances longer than a century or two.
    Quote Originally Posted by chandltp View Post
    There's no such thing as too far.. just lack of time
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