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Old 05-28-13, 05:46 PM   #26
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Figure that you'll be out there 12-14 hours total, so if you leave really early you should still be there in daylight. If you are faster then there's no problem at all. If you can't finish in 14 hours you're pushing it with the daylight. 10 hours is a pretty good time, and that's the best I ever did. That included a 4.25 hour first 100, and that's really fast. Add in the breaks and I didn't slow down too much on the second hundred. My time included all breaks, so I started at 6am and finished at 4pm. I'm happy to finish a single century in that time now.
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For the one-day riders, when do you arrive in Portland?

I am not a fan of being on Hwy 30 in dusk or darkness, tired, with just a little blinky light. If I ever do it in one day, I'll want to arrive in broad daylight.
My first time (2011) we got to Portland around 8:30--though it was getting towards dusk, I didn't feel any worries being on US 30--I seem to recall a giant shoulder for most of 30, and it wasn't like I was the only one on the road. Also, the last several miles are through Portland streets, not on 30 (and boy, if you hit the lights wrong, those are a loooong several miles... It was good sprint practice though.)

Last year we got to Portland around 7:15, still tons of daylight.

If you want to arrive in the midday sun, then yeah, you should start training for a 10-hour ride, but even if you're slow like me, there's plenty of light.
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Thanks for all the information. Six weeks to go!
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Believe it is 40 days looking at the calendar. I look forward to the cooler air of the Northwest.

Just finished a ride, the Sunshine was to much, scheduled to do 60 miles today, but took a shortcut towards home and only did 46 miles in the 97 degree warmth. Slight wind felt good but the heat on my back from the Sun was to much today. It is filtered sun, but I was dripping water out of my skin as fast as I could consume it. Stopped at 3 water stores to refill 4 water bottles, and I decided I will leave earlier in the morning tomorrow for a longer ride.

I am done riding today, Vegas heat got to me. Looking at the forecast, Friday I have another long ride scheduled with a Boulder City climb from the lake and it might be 110 Mid afternoon. Friday night it will not cool down here, temp will stay above 85 all night long.

Looking forward to a 2 day STP with delightful Northwest Temperatures.

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By now things should be going pretty well in your training. I assume you've visited the Cascade message board site. It has a lot of relevant info from experienced riders. Expect the unexpected. Stay Hydrated. You should be in the habit of drinking every minutes & snacking as you ride. For 2 day riders make sure you have a water bottle close by when you go to sleep. I always woke in the middle of the night very thirsty. As people get tired they get, cranky, sloppy mistake prone. Beware of the bunching the traffic lights especially at the beginning & end. Don't go out too fast. Its hard not to. But its a long distance the natural excitement of finally doing this makes folks a bit super charged at the beginning. If you have a theme or a funny helmet or something different folks will ask about it & conversion helps the miles go by. Main thing is stay safe & have fun.
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Believe it is 40 days looking at the calendar. I look forward to the cooler air of the Northwest.

Just finished a ride, the Sunshine was to much, scheduled to do 60 miles today, but took a shortcut towards home and only did 46 miles in the 97 degree warmth. Slight wind felt good but the heat on my back from the Sun was to much today. It is filtered sun, but I was dripping water out of my skin as fast as I could consume it. Stopped at 3 water stores to refill 4 water bottles, and I decided I will leave earlier in the morning tomorrow for a longer ride.

I am done riding today, Vegas heat got to me. Looking at the forecast, Friday I have another long ride scheduled with a Boulder City climb from the lake and it might be 110 Mid afternoon. Friday night it will not cool down here, temp will stay above 85 all night long.

Looking forward to a 2 day STP with delightful Northwest Temperatures.

JR
Everyone else will be comfortably wearing shorts and short-sleeved shirts while you are wearing tights and two layers over your goosebumps.

Just kidding, although it did take me a while to get used to summer temperatures in the 60s where people complain about the supposed heat whenever temps rise into the 80s.
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Old 06-24-13, 03:58 PM   #32
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Everyone else will be comfortably wearing shorts and short-sleeved shirts while you are wearing tights and two layers over your goosebumps.

Just kidding, although it did take me a while to get used to summer temperatures in the 60s where people complain about the supposed heat whenever temps rise into the 80s.
I am currently in Tokyo, and find the weather a delight, we have some rain scheduled today, but I will ride 90/100KM today on the cheap folding bicycle I am useing here.

I tried to find a rental Road Bike before leaving the states, but they were not available that I could find (easy to rent a Wal-mart quality MTB with fenders properly adjusted for $10/12 a day). For 2 weeks a $40 used no name folding bicycle with 20 inch wheels has become my steed while here. We had a Typhoon that did a lot of damage on Kyushu island and brought a large amount of rain upwards to Honshu where Tokyo is located. On Saturday, it was a Tropic Depression and had moved east of Japan, making it a relatively dry Saturday, but there is some humidity and rain scheduled again today (Tuesday), but the temperatures, nor the humidity are not excessive different from the normal June (Tis lovely almost like my memory of last years STP ride).

Forgot to pack my Garmin, or I would have my routes posted, I am riding along the Tone River on a paved path in Chiba, north of Tokyo. Yesterday was the first time I saw anyone on a road bicycle. Went to a farmers market next to a large pond towrds the ocean, and there was a 6 mile course along side of the pond, and there were many riders on expensive bicycles, wearing spandex, and helmets. On my ride last evening, at the 90KM from pacific Ocean I was passed by several riders in spandex, also wearing a helmet, on road bicycles, I was able to identify a Giant, a bright red Ferrari and several older steel frame road bicycle, one I believe was a Basso.

I have visited a few bicycle shops, the Wal-Mart quality $60-100 step through (women's) style bicycle with 26x1.50 road tires is affordable and sold everywhere with fenders. It is the most common bicycle parked and locked in designated parking areas in shopping locations, and there are thousands of this style parked at busy train stations. Once in a while you will see a sports style bicycle (a hybrid men's style bicycle with a top bar) and they cost three or four times as much as the cheap step through style bicycle that will be valuable transportation until it rusts to death from ll the scrapes and scratches it gets in the train station parking areas, with all the rain they live in.

A $400 aluminum hybrid (sports Bicycle) with short plastic fenders attached, is rare, but you can see younger men riding them to and from the train stations. And maybe a hobbyist is riding the Road bicycle are wearing helmets, clip-in pedals, bicycle shoes and is easy to see in bright Jerseys, and coordinated shorts. I have not seen a helmet on non-road bicycle rider, but the speeds are dramatically different.

I have been trying to find 5X Cycling Jerseys to take one or two home. No luck, I have not found any that large in the past week of bicycle shop visiting. I wear a pit to pit 22/23 inch Jersey and find a 4X is far to tight, but there are some delightful Jerseys available for small frame riders, that would great to wear on club or organised rides.

Carfree, I have been off subject in this post, but I found my limited observations of bicycle riding here in Japan to be an eye opener, quite interesting and thought you would smile knowing I am still training on a folding bicycle with 20 inch wheels while in japan.

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Two weeks out! Eek! Last long ride this Coming Sunday.
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Old 07-05-13, 10:46 AM   #34
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Last minute question. How big is this hill everyone talks about?

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Last minute question. How big is this hill everyone talks about?
It's not a very big hill. If you have done a reasonable amount of training and hill climbing, you'll wonder what all the fuss was about. Your biggest issue will be dodging those who have not done enough training and decide to stop and dismount halfway up.

http://www.bicycleclimbs.com/climbde...px?ClimbId=370
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It's not a very big hill. If you have done a reasonable amount of training and hill climbing, you'll wonder what all the fuss was about. Your biggest issue will be dodging those who have not done enough training and decide to stop and dismount halfway up.

http://www.bicycleclimbs.com/climbde...px?ClimbId=370

FYI, there are other hills besides "The Hill"--my first year, I was expecting flat, and was surprised by the rollers and bridge climbs in the second half. They're shorter than "The Hill", but there are a couple short-but-punchy climbs. If you know they're there, it's not a big deal, but I was slightly peeved when they were unexpected.
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Old 07-06-13, 08:56 PM   #37
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It's not a very big hill. If you have done a reasonable amount of training and hill climbing, you'll wonder what all the fuss was about. Your biggest issue will be dodging those who have not done enough training and decide to stop and dismount halfway up.

http://www.bicycleclimbs.com/climbde...px?ClimbId=370
Well, that's disappointing... I was expecting a massive, long, climb. I'm used to mountain riding.
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Well, that's disappointing... I was expecting a massive, long, climb. I'm used to mountain riding.
If you want road rides up here with big long climbs, you should look at RAMROD or High Pass Challenge.
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I'm going to be doing it in 2 days, with an overnight stay at Winlock in the gym. Would it be smart to bring a tent even though it's indoors?
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I'm going to be doing it in 2 days, with an overnight stay at Winlock in the gym. Would it be smart to bring a tent even though it's indoors?
What for? In case it's full/crowded? In case you want to set it up outside (where it's quieter)? In case the roof leaks?

(Doing my first STP, bringing a tent, staying at centralia.)
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The hill is really nothing. It is only a hill to somebody that doesn't ride. You can try to stomp up it, but just stand up and mash and it is over in a minute. Considering how hilly a region it is, the ride is pretty flat. Route 30 is another story. After 150 miles, you hit the rolling hills along there. Nothing is big, but you are really tired at that point.

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