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Road Cycling It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle. -- Ernest Hemingway

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Old 06-02-13, 08:54 PM   #1
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How did I do?

Hello everyone, Bryan here.

Scroll to the bottom if you don't want to hear me rabble about my experience.

I participated in the Ride For Heart, Heart & Stoke charity event and decided to do the 75 km route. Riding along the Gardiner Expressway and the Don Valley Parkway (both highways were closed down a roughly 8 or so hours for this event)

To avoid being stuck in the larger packs I decided to get their early and managed to be at the front (about 10 or so riders ahead of me) As soon as the time hit 6:00 am we were off and my adrenaline was pumping, I got off to a fairly decent start and had was at the rear of the small leading 4 man pace line (mind you this was my first time riding a pace line and I wasn't sure what to expect) I was lucky enough to stick to them for about 3 minutes or so then they just turned their motors on and left me behind. I decided it would be a bad choice to try and chase them down since their pace was just out of my league and I didn't want to burn myself out early on.

I rode alone and tried to keep a steady pace (don't have a computer yet as I have only purchased the bike 2 months ago) couple minutes go by and another group comes storming along, not too long before I was dropped once again. The third group that came by was a fairly larger group, about 15 riders that rode in two lines. 5 minutes I purposely dropped myself to the rear to let my legs rest up a bit and because I felt a bit safer there. Bad idea. Before I knew it, the 5 guys ahead of me lagged behind and created this huge gap from the front riders. I went to the right and peddled hard in an attempt to catch up to them, no luck on my part as a hill was coming and I eased off to allow my legs to catch up to me.

After a good amount of time I finally had a group around my speed and kept up to their pace, I enjoyed that whole time. The group eventually broke apart and some decided to just back off and relax while others jetted off, I stayed in between and peddled on. Both calves starting cramping up with about 15-20 kms to go but I somehow managed to shake it off and it went away.

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I started at 6:00 am and got to the finish line at 8:30 am. 2 hours and 30 minutes for just over 75 km (probably 80 km)

Rode using regular running shoes (never got the time to buy road shoes but I hope to pick some up soon)

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Frame: Tapered Head Tube, Hi Mod Carbon Monocoque, Carbon Dropouts.
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Front Derailleur: Shimano Sora 34.9mm
Rear Derailleur: Shimano Tiagra
Crankset: FSA Vero 170-172.5-175mm 50/39/30T
Rims: Mavic CXP22 N


So, how I'm curious to know how I did for a newbie? I'm really interested knowing where I'm at.

I hope to do this again next year and beat my time
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Old 06-02-13, 09:24 PM   #2
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Congratulations on successfully completing a 75 km charity ride.



If you want to find out where you're at in terms of speed, get a licence and try a race or two.
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So, how I'm curious to know how I did for a newbie?
You got out and rode your bike, therefore you did just fine.
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Hello everyone, Bryan here.

Scroll to the bottom if you don't want to hear me rabble about my experience.

I participated in the Ride For Heart, Heart & Stoke charity event and decided to do the 75 km route. Riding along the Gardiner Expressway and the Don Valley Parkway (both highways were closed down a roughly 8 or so hours for this event)

To avoid being stuck in the larger packs I decided to get their early and managed to be at the front (about 10 or so riders ahead of me) As soon as the time hit 6:00 am we were off and my adrenaline was pumping, I got off to a fairly decent start and had was at the rear of the small leading 4 man pace line (mind you this was my first time riding a pace line and I wasn't sure what to expect) I was lucky enough to stick to them for about 3 minutes or so then they just turned their motors on and left me behind. I decided it would be a bad choice to try and chase them down since their pace was just out of my league and I didn't want to burn myself out early on.

I rode alone and tried to keep a steady pace (don't have a computer yet as I have only purchased the bike 2 months ago) couple minutes go by and another group comes storming along, not too long before I was dropped once again. The third group that came by was a fairly larger group, about 15 riders that rode in two lines. 5 minutes I purposely dropped myself to the rear to let my legs rest up a bit and because I felt a bit safer there. Bad idea. Before I knew it, the 5 guys ahead of me lagged behind and created this huge gap from the front riders. I went to the right and peddled hard in an attempt to catch up to them, no luck on my part as a hill was coming and I eased off to allow my legs to catch up to me.

After a good amount of time I finally had a group around my speed and kept up to their pace, I enjoyed that whole time. The group eventually broke apart and some decided to just back off and relax while others jetted off, I stayed in between and peddled on. Both calves starting cramping up with about 15-20 kms to go but I somehow managed to shake it off and it went away.

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I started at 6:00 am and got to the finish line at 8:30 am. 2 hours and 30 minutes for just over 75 km (probably 80 km)

Rode using regular running shoes (never got the time to buy road shoes but I hope to pick some up soon)

Rocky Mountain 2012 Prestige CR10
Frame: Tapered Head Tube, Hi Mod Carbon Monocoque, Carbon Dropouts.
Fork: RMB Carbon / Tapered Alloy Steerer
Shifters: Shimano Tiagra
Front Derailleur: Shimano Sora 34.9mm
Rear Derailleur: Shimano Tiagra
Crankset: FSA Vero 170-172.5-175mm 50/39/30T
Rims: Mavic CXP22 N


So, how I'm curious to know how I did for a newbie? I'm really interested knowing where I'm at.

I hope to do this again next year and beat my time
Sounds like you had fun and pushed yourself, which is always good.

It's kind of a silly question to ask, like asking how good of a basketball player you are if you scored 8 points in a pick-up game at the park. No one here can tell you, but if you felt good and had fun, that's what's important. Push yourself to go further and faster and you'll probably keep enjoying yourself.
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Old 06-03-13, 10:22 AM   #6
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Now that I really think about it, it is a pretty strange question to ask haha. Guess I'll just keep riding and try to beat my personal best.

Found a nice uphill loop in the city so i'll start there

Ignore this post as I quietly sneak away..
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Old 06-03-13, 12:31 PM   #7
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Now that I really think about it, it is a pretty strange question to ask haha. Guess I'll just keep riding and try to beat my personal best.

Found a nice uphill loop in the city so i'll start there

Ignore this post as I quietly sneak away..
People here are being pretty nice to you. You will usually get bashed, however its obvious your excited about going fast on your bike, set a miles/month goal and work on your endurance/speed/accelerations. You can still sneak in a race before seasons end.

Your problem with cramps may just be fatigue, but adding electrolytes will help. I just add a half teaspoon to one of my bottles for my sunny 90F+ rides. From the few races I've done this season, a 50 mile race (not charity ride) with moderate hills (3500+/- gain) my pace was 21.87mph. I was dropped from the main field.

Good luck, that is an impressive speed to maintain for someone who is new to the sport.
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also, if you're doing a long ride, bring a bag of carbs with you. I did a 100 this past weekend, and I survived by eating a bag of gummi worms. Other people had those power gels. I don't know the difference, but definitely bring carbs.
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