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    SiR fall brevet series

    I know it's still a few weeks away, but the fall series starts on the 25th this month with the 200k loop around Whidbey Island.
    I rode the spring 300k which started on Whidbey and it was beautiful. The fall 200k goes from Port Clinton up to Deception Pass and makes its way back south on the island to the ferry.

    Anyone else planning on any of the fall series rides? I'm aiming for the 200, 300 and 400k.
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    Definitely excited to get back into some brevets again! (Aren't these the "Summer" brevets, technically btw?)

    I hope you stick around for the 600k, it's gonna be a doozy (Jan's "Ramrod++" route again)
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    Great. I just told my friend three days ago that I never wanted to ride Whidbey again. SO many rolling hills. No it looks like as if I might not even make it a month.

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    The rollers are what makes Whidbey fun! That, and the 2 mile climb straight off the ferry...
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    OK, so who's going to be there for the 200k tomorrow? Look for me on a gigantic black Surly Cross Check, loaded for what looks like a 600k.

    (I got my Bagman support and Carradice Pendle yesterday, and a 200k seems like a safe distance to test out the feel of riding with a loaded saddlebag before heading out with it on the 300 & 400 next month.)
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    I'll be there - on an extrememly lightly-loaded Ciocc. But with over-loaded jersey pockets probably..

    Weather looks awesome for tomorrow - clear skies and 0% chance of rain! Let's enjoy it while it lasts.

    Btw I haven't done anything over 60 miles since the 600k+80k last month... hopefully the legs haven't forgotten how to spin for hours on end.

    See ya soon Clifton!
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    So I decided to sleep in and watch the tour instead of doing the brevet.. sounded like a nice route though, hope it goes well!
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    it's the wierdest thing, i think 'clifton's cellphone was autocalling me from his jersey pocket from the brevet today!!!

    sounds of the road, then him asking directions!

    man I'm jealous. i need to ride more, this last year has been tough on me.

    anyway, hope the brevet went well, i think he was saying something about thundershowers by marblemount?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bekologist View Post
    it's the wierdest thing, i think 'clifton's cellphone was autocalling me from his jersey pocket from the brevet today!!!

    sounds of the road, then him asking directions!

    man I'm jealous. i need to ride more, this last year has been tough on me.

    anyway, hope the brevet went well, i think he was saying something about thundershowers by marblemount?
    I am so sorry about that! It was in my handlebar bag and I forgot to turn it all the way off, so it was "drunk dialing" you. My bad.

    The "thundershowers" thing was actually "Thunder Head Bay". It was an informational control.
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    Sounds like you all had a good ride.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CliftonGK1 View Post
    I am so sorry about that! It was in my handlebar bag and I forgot to turn it all the way off, so it was "drunk dialing" you. My bad.

    The "thundershowers" thing was actually "Thunder Head Bay". It was an informational control.
    no, it was actually quite funny, my girlfriend and I got a kick out of it!

    you may see me at some populaires this coming season, i'm still working thru some rehab issues.

    hope it was a good ride for all!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bekologist View Post
    hope it was a good ride for all!

    I was planning on a record setting day for myself; looking to come in under 10h 00m, preferrably closer to the 9h 30m mark. Key concept being that was my plan. How it went down was a bit different:

    Rode up from the ferry to Clinton and got signed in. I met Kamala and took a couple of pix, then after a brief few words from Mark R., we were off at the 7:00 bell. The pack quickly divided into two groups, and par standard I was in the back... but I was keeping myself paced for where I wanted to be, and wasn't going to burn myself out too quickly.
    Everything was going well, and I fell into a good pace riding with Eric V., Geoff and Tanya S., and a guy I can't remember his name; black Rodriguez with an Alpha Q carbon fork. (if anyone knows, plz tell me. I feel bad for forgetting his name!) Everything was going well with the exception of some derailleur problems on the Geoff & Tanya's tandem, which led to a chain break on an uphill section. *SHPANG!* and we all pulled off to the side and managed to get things fixed.
    Back on the road, I decided to make up some time and pulled ahead, which in all likelihood is the start of my mistakes; not even 100k in and I was pushing pretty hard on some uphills to keep up with the stronger group. (I'm typically lagging well behind this posse.)
    We rolled into the Deception Pass control and munched some chips, oranges, a Coke, refilled bottles, had some more chips, a couple bites of French bread and some deli meats from Salumi (thanks for picking that up while you were downtown, sweetie! ). The rest of the gang was a couple minutes ahead of me after I re-applied some sunscreen and stopped by the can, so again I piled on the steam to catch up. About 8 miles down the road I encountered Eric V. and rider whose name I can't remember, stopped on the shoulder. No mechanicals, just making a check-in call to tell family when they're going to finish, so I kept on hauling. Really hauling, 'cause I felt good. The first 100k took about 5h 15m, so I thought I could bang out the last 100k in under 5h. Instead, what I did was burn myself out by mile 106, and spend the rest of the time fighting a wicked cramp on the inside of my thigh every time the climbing went above 5% or longer than 1k.
    Endurolytes weren't making it go away, water neither. I was munching bananas and oranges and whatever else, and managed to struggle my way through the remaining 20 miles by grabbing a hold of the muscle and keeping pressure on it when climbing, to keep it from knotting up. The group caught up with me again at that 106mi control (and picked up Jeff L.) and we kept pretty well together from there, with me and the tandem team leapfrogging the back spot on the hills. The 3 singles picked up the pace on the final hills and finished probably 5 minutes ahead, I rolled in at 10h 41m, and Geoff/Tanya were about 5 minutes behind.
    I munched on some cookies and a Sprite while talking to Vincent M. and Mark R., the tandem rolled in, and I headed down to the ferry.
    On the ferry, Geoff and Tanya told us that while rolling to the head of the line for boarding the ship, their front tire blew out! Well, better there than on the course.

    Stats:
    200k (official) 204k (with nav. error bonus kilometers)
    10h 41m (29m better than my spring 200k)
    2 Cokes, 2 Accel Gels, 2 bananas, 1 Clementine orange, 4 handfuls of potato chips, 4" chunk of French baguette, 7 - 10 slices of random cured sausages from Salumi, 1 fragrant pear (not very tasty), a couple of bugs, 5 bottles of water, 4 bottles of Accelerade/Cytomax/Gatorade, 1 ibuprofen and 14 Endurolyte caps.

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    Me at the start:


    Kamala at the start:


    Fixin' Geoff & Tanya's broken chain:


    Beautiful roads and views on Whidbey:
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    Nice report C, and way to finish even with the cramp!

    Wish I'd not been so lazy and came out.. you doing the 300?
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    Quote Originally Posted by mattm View Post
    Nice report C, and way to finish even with the cramp!

    Wish I'd not been so lazy and came out.. you doing the 300?
    Yep; and the 400. But not Jan's crazy 600.
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    Nice report and photos!

    I was there and had an awesome ride. Weather was good, the route was beautiful, support was excellent (as usual)...

    This was my first brevet on a single speed and I really enjoyed it. I have a tendancy to get all drunk on adrenaline, testosterone and pride on brevets so I'm always trying push my speed to the limit. Being on a single speed forced me to slow down a bit and just enjoy the day. Since I knew I wasn't going to set any records I was able to have some nice conversations on the road and I kicked back a bit at controls. I may have even consumed more calories than I burned.

    That said... No way in hell I'm doing Jan's 600k on a single speed. But I'll be there with gears.

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