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Old 12-08-07, 07:51 PM   #1
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"starter" double century?

I noticed in the socal/norcal mileage thread some talk of double centuries.

I'm toying with the notion of possibly trying one this summer.
It may well be over my head, but I thought I'd think about it. I need some sort of goal this season.

I did STP, 100 miles back to back. But I'll be doing that with my wife, so doing it as a double is out.

What's the easiest one in Nor Cal? Likely reasonable weather, no huge climbs, and generally good as a first effort.
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The Cal Triple crown site has a page devoted to this topic.

http://www.caltriplecrown.com/#startrides

I've done both Solvang and Davis. Solvang is the easier of the two in my opinion. You might look at doing some of the Davis bike club brevets to see if you really like the longer rides.

A double requires being on your bike a LOT longer than a century. I averaged 14.5 MPH on the Solvang double and I was on my bike about 13 hours or so. That's a long time. I'd already done some 200Ks and some long, hard training rides so I had an idea of what to expect.

The harder doubles will of course take longer. I think each of my three this year was like 17 hours. Bike fit and comfort are essential. So is a good eating plan. I spent the four months before my first double figuring out what to eat. Maybe your stomach will be different, but what I want at mile 50 is NOT what sits well at mile 150.

Let me know if you'd like to join me on some training rides. I tend to pretty much train on my own - too slow to ride with the other insane double riders and most of my friends don't want to to do 100 mile rides with 10,000 feet of climb. I just don't get it.

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I tend to pretty much train on my own - too slow to ride with the other insane double riders and most of my friends don't want to to do 100 mile rides with 10,000 feet of climb. I just don't get it.
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The Cal Triple crown site has a page devoted to this topic.

http://www.caltriplecrown.com/#startrides

I've done both Solvang and Davis. Solvang is the easier of the two in my opinion. You might look at doing some of the Davis bike club brevets to see if you really like the longer rides.

A double requires being on your bike a LOT longer than a century. I averaged 14.5 MPH on the Solvang double and I was on my bike about 13 hours or so. That's a long time. I'd already done some 200Ks and some long, hard training rides so I had an idea of what to expect.

The harder doubles will of course take longer. I think each of my three this year was like 17 hours. Bike fit and comfort are essential. So is a good eating plan. I spent the four months before my first double figuring out to eat. Maybe your stomach will be different, but what I want at mile 50 is NOT what sits well at mile 150.

Let me know if you'd like to join me on some training rides. I tend to pretty much train on my own - too slow to ride with the other insane double riders and most of my friends don't want to to do 100 mile rides with 10,000 feet of climb. I just don't get it.

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V~ You'd fit right in with the SoCal bunch... next time some of them come up, please come and ride!
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Hey Jo,

Thom is paying for his fast paced climb up Diablo today. He's tired! No knee pain for me yet. This is good.


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Two of the toughest rides I did this year were the 2 halves of the Devil Mountain Double (day 1 - Diablo, Morgan Territory, Altamont/Patterson Passes, then back through Livermore to Danville; Day 2 - Mines Rd, Mt. Hamilton, Sierra Rd, Calaveras Wall (just that last section), then back to Livermore (ok, we skipped Palomares and Norris Canyon)).

I have no idea how people do all that in one day - both rides were very tough. I have a huge amount of respect for anyone who can do it - even the "easier" doubles.

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When training for a double, you have to not think about distance when you are training. Doing a century shouldn't be a big ordeal, and should be a common weekend ride. Throw in a few double metrics, and some 150 milers, so that you build up your stamina.

I did 3, and only 3 last year. It does take a lot out of you, and I just didn't have the motivation to go for a 4th and 5th one. I just concentrate turning my crank!

Oh, and I agree with Princess Zippy ... Solvang in Spring is easier. However, Davis support is the best.
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I noticed in the socal/norcal mileage thread some talk of double centuries.

I'm toying with the notion of possibly trying one this summer.
It may well be over my head, but I thought I'd think about it. I need some sort of goal this season.

I did STP, 100 miles back to back. But I'll be doing that with my wife, so doing it as a double is out.

What's the easiest one in Nor Cal? Likely reasonable weather, no huge climbs, and generally good as a first effort.
Hey Curtis, The Davis is one of the easiest and like Ron said really well supported and a lot of fun. It goes by really fast. In 87 I did 12 1/2 hours, don't think I could do that now. I'm around 14 hrs now. We're pretty evenly matched I think, so you'd have no problem and I'm sure you'd enjoy the day.
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Hey Curtis, The Davis is one of the easiest and like Ron said really well supported and a lot of fun. It goes by really fast. In 87 I did 12 1/2 hours, don't think I could do that now. I'm around 14 hrs now. We're pretty evenly matched I think, so you'd have no problem and I'm sure you'd enjoy the day.
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Pete, Curtis:

I'm looking for a starter Double as a goal for next year, too. If you guys do Davis, let me know, and <gulp> I'll join you <crossing fingers behind my back>.
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Pete, Curtis:

I'm looking for a starter Double as a goal for next year, too. If you guys do Davis, let me know, and <gulp> I'll join you <crossing fingers behind my back>.
Yep, I'm absolutely doing it! so consider it a plan. It would be fun doing the ride with you. We'll have a great time. Let's start planning and see if we can get some more Bf'rs to join in. It would be great if we could get a Flagship tandem crew to lead the parade! anyone of you in?
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Hummmm. Davis. Their site doesn't have 08 scheduled yet, but it was May last year. That's pretty early early in the season for me. I'm not out of school till about then and training might be pretty tough with my work schedule. But then again... What with a daily bike commute and weekends... hummmmm.
I'm going to add it to the definite maybe column. I think I'd better start looking for what it takes to get ready.

HEY PrincessZippy.
I do what to do some ride with you one of these days. After all, you live so very far away.... Maybe we'll get some reasonable weather over winter break.
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I was hoping to do Solvang Spring as my first DC, but I think I need to do some more double metrics before I commit (or, be committed ) to a DC. So perhaps Davis. We shall see.

Depends on how soon P-Zip can whip me into shape.
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Davis does have the Cobb Mt. climb. I had SO much fun going down that on the Knoxville Double this year. Of course the climb up Loch Lomond was not so much fun. I think that's where I hurt my knee.

Jo you whip yourself into shape. All I do is offer encouragement and someone to draft.

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Davis does have the Cobb Mt. climb. I had SO much fun going down that on the Knoxville Double this year. Of course the climb up Loch Lomond was not so much fun. I think that's where I hurt my knee.

Jo you whip yourself into shape. All I do is offer encouragement and someone to draft.

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+1 on Loch Lomond. I was riding with my friend Lynn Katano (double century veteran), and she warned me about Loch Lomond. It kicked my ass. Had to walk it about 300 yards, till I could pedal up again.

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Yep, I'm absolutely doing it! so consider it a plan. It would be fun doing the ride with you. We'll have a great time. Let's start planning and see if we can get some more Bf'rs to join in. It would be great if we could get a Flagship tandem crew to lead the parade! anyone of you in?
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OK, count me in. For Christmas, I'm getting a Brooks saddle for my long distance bike, so I'll be sure to break it in by then. Hope it helps with the TB (tired butt) syndrome. I'll ask for some lights too.
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Wow. I've been talking with my wife figuring out how i can get ready for a May event like this. I guess the first step to doing something is to think about it and ask questions.
I'm (cough)54(cough) years old and would like to be able to say I'd done a ride like this. The window is closing, my biological clock is ticking, I'm not getting any younger and I'm running out of cliches ....
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You could read my training blogs on our website for my first year of doubles. There are 5 of them called Devil Mountain Dummy I through V. After that I started writing just about the doubles, not my training.

My husband did research for me on how to train. I use my HRM a lot to keep me in the right zone. Your commute is kind of flat and while good chunks of Davis are flat, Cobb Mt is not. I want to say it has a mile or two of 11%???? I know I was very excited to be going DOWN it for Knoxville. So, you'll probably want to do climbing on the weekends. You'll probably want to start a good core program too.

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Wow. I've been talking with my wife figuring out how i can get ready for a May event like this. I guess the first step to doing something is to think about it and ask questions.
I'm (cough)54(cough) years old and would like to be able to say I'd done a ride like this. The window is closing, my biological clock is ticking, I'm not getting any younger and I'm running out of cliches ....
OMG! Curtis I'm 53 and I was trading sprints with 20 30 olds with a broken rear rim on the last 50 miles, although I did pay for it. In 08 I'm gonna try a textbook double like Zippy, HRM and so forth, so you'll be in good company. You have plenty of accumulated seat time, so don't even worry about it! By the time you've hit 50 your ass should be like an old Brooks saddle from the 50's . BTW Cobb mountain descent was horrible with the broken wheel, couldn't get over 35 mph.
Sesame glad your in , looking forward to riding with you. I have a great Davis training ride up here so we'll have to meet up down the road.
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Wow. I've been talking with my wife figuring out how i can get ready for a May event like this. I guess the first step to doing something is to think about it and ask questions.
I'm (cough)54(cough) years old and would like to be able to say I'd done a ride like this. The window is closing, my biological clock is ticking, I'm not getting any younger and I'm running out of cliches ....
Yeah, well, I'm (cough) younger than you (cough) and Chris & I have been discussing a double, too. Come ride the Lake Loop with us (www.monticellocycling.org and look under "Rides"). We love this on the tandem, and it's part of the the Davis Double as well as the Tour de CA. It's a great training ride for the DD.

Work on those cliches; there's no age limit on memorizing new ones.
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Hey, don't start with that age thing. My good friend, Clem, is 71, and he completed 6 doubles this year, and he has ridden 54 in his career. So age 54, that's young.
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OMG! Curtis I'm 53 and I was trading sprints with 20 30 olds with a broken rear rim on the last 50 miles, although I did pay for it. In 08 I'm gonna try a textbook double like Zippy, HRM and so forth, so you'll be in good company. You have plenty of accumulated seat time, so don't even worry about it! By the time you've hit 50 your ass should be like an old Brooks saddle from the 50's . BTW Cobb mountain descent was horrible with the broken wheel, couldn't get over 35 mph.
Sesame glad your in , looking forward to riding with you. I have a great Davis training ride up here so we'll have to meet up down the road.
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For the record, I'm in the 50+ category also. Not ready to throw in the towel yet, though .

Hey, this will be fun - to train and ride the first double century with you(s)...
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... Their site doesn't have 08 scheduled yet, but it was May last year.
You can pretty much count on the DDC being the 3rd Saturday of May every year, which would make it the 17th.
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I'm game to try it too assuming the timing works out with my crazy schedule.
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Yeah, well, I'm (cough) younger than you (cough) and Chris & I have been discussing a double, too. Come ride the Lake Loop with us (www.monticellocycling.org and look under "Rides"). We love this on the tandem, and it's part of the the Davis Double as well as the Tour de CA. It's a great training ride for the DD.

Work on those cliches; there's no age limit on memorizing new ones.
That's 54 mile ride with a climbing rating of 10, and the web site says it take about 3 hours? That's almost a 20mph average if you don't ever stop. You guys are animals.

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