Training for my second two day double century ride (TOSRV in Ohio). Last year was my first time riding the event. I typically do a lot of riding throughout the year, outdoor and indoor. Last year, I took a bike break and trained for a Tough Mudder. Somehow that training plus about 500 miles of road training got me through the 200+ miles (managed 18.5 mph average the first day).
Last year I rode a 1987 feather-weight steel Bianchi Trofeo frame fitted to Velocity Deep Vs and a Campy 10 speed (integrated shifters) drive train. The rig weighs in at about 23 lbs.
I ride with a buddy, who is pretty competitive. He rides an alloy Allez. It was serious work to keep up with him last year. This year I'm doing bike focused training and hoping to show up with a lighter bike build.
I've acquired a Cannondale Synapse (alloy frame, carbon fork). Ultegra 6600 10 speed drive train. Currently shopping for wheels. Seeing a set of Mavic Open Pros and a set of Velocity Deep Vs in my price range. I love the Deep Vs on my Bianchi - very stiff, never go out of true and look so damn cool. Curious if the weight-saving of the Open Pros is worth the diminished cool-factor. Also curious if either one set might be more recommended for the distance and comfort.
Additionally - I'm about 5'6". Last year, because of the Tough Mudder, I was a fit 175 lbs. I'm aiming to be at 155 lbs by the double century this year.