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Old 05-19-13, 09:10 PM   #1
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Anyone in Portland do Reach the Beach?

I know this could go in the regional specific part of the forum but I know not everyone looks at those.

Did anyone here do reach the beach?

It was a rainy century. I'd say 60% of it rained on us fairly hard and consistently. I'm not a rainy weather rider, but I figured I signed up for it, I need to do it. Though after watching the forecast the last week, I got less and less excited to do it as I saw it get worse and worse. I started out with just jersey, arm warmers, leg warmers, shoes covers and light wind vest, but last minute decided to throw on my jacket instead of the jersey/vest. Good thing I did, because I think it would have been miserable if I hadn't.

I am in the best condition I have ever been and was super excited to put it to the test this year. We beat last years time by 55 minutes even with the rain! 103 miles, average speed was 18.1mph, 5:34 of actual ride time and 3624ft of climbing.

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Aside from not having the greatest weather, it was a phenomenal ride. There wasn't one time during the ride where I thought to myself, "dang...another X miles to go!?" or felt that my body was showing any fatigue. This is the first century where I finished without any saddle/butt issues and I gotta tell ya, its a nice change!!! The only thing that I found to be sub par was the braking in the super wet conditions form the carbon wheels. There were a couple good descents where aluminum brake surfaces would have been nice, but I still wouldn't have changed them out considering how well they felt on every other part of the ride.

If you rode this century, I'd love to hear your story!

(I'm in middle). That little guy next to me is a silent killer! one look at him and most would dismiss him to be a fat old bloke that would be reaching for the nearest oxygen mask. He works at my LBS and rides 60 miles total to and from work 5 days a week. We call him the german tank.

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It was a great ride! This was not only my first century, but also my first time riding in legit rain. I started from my house, so all said, I ended up with 111 miles. I was much slower than you, 15.5 mph average, seven hours on the bike (including the ride to the start), but it was great.

This was my second Reach The Beach, last year I started in Newberg.

I feel like I saw/heard of more wrecks this year, lots of ambulance sirens. Hopefully everyone is ok.

Anyway, I hope to make this a tradition every May!
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He works at my LBS and rides 60 miles total to and from work 5 days a week. We call him the german tank.
off topic, but even on rainy and super windy days? I think I might try that routine once I move out of this sh*tty apartment in about a month. It'll be a 30 mile commute to work, starting at 5:30, and getting to work hopefully at 7. Try it 2-3 days/week, and maybe move up to 5 days/week once I'm stronger. Saving gas, and getting in some training miles. Two birds one stone. But it's sure easy to think about, not sure if I'll actually follow through.
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How did your co-worker/buddy do? Did he start at Hwy 101 and reach Pacific City?
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I missed this one, and I too do not like riding in the rain. You guys made great time! I am doing the Oregon Gran Fondo in a cpl weeks - anyone doing that one?
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How did your co-worker/buddy do? Did he start at Hwy 101 and reach Pacific City?

He didn't do it with me. I dont think I would have let him ride with us, but if he did, I would have told him we weren't going to wait for him.
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He didn't do it with me. I dont think I would have let him ride with us, but if he did, I would have told him we weren't going to wait for him.
Good reminder to use more smiley faces when I'm joking.
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Great ride! How did you get back from the end?

I also did a century this past weekend, but it was under sunny California sun. Good thing because between my two flat tires and Strava crashing, I would have given up if it were raining!
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It was a great ride! This was not only my first century, but also my first time riding in legit rain. I started from my house, so all said, I ended up with 111 miles. I was much slower than you, 15.5 mph average, seven hours on the bike (including the ride to the start), but it was great.
Well, you've got me beat. I took nearly 8 hours to ride 109 miles. I spent way too much time and ate way too much food at the lunch stop in Amity. I was dragging until I got to Sheridan, but after that I found my legs again.
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