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Lvlbiker 08-16-14 09:28 PM

35 mile charity ride
 
Toward the end of September a local charity (bike to beat cancer for Norton hospitals in Louisville, KY) is doing a ride the shortest distance is 35 miles. I'm thinking of doing the ride but wonder what kind of time limit to expect? Currently I'm riding about 20 miles in under 1 hour 30 mins but I'm not sure what time in need to shoot for for a 35 mile ride. I plan on training for it the next 30 days.

Anyone know what time to expect? What pace is acceptable?

TrojanHorse 08-16-14 10:01 PM

I think you'll be OK at that pace. If that's the shortest ride, there are likely to be longer ones that are expected to take the appropriate amount of people riding at about the same pace you're at now, so you should be double fine.

Good luck and have fun - it's a ride, not a race. If you can do 20, you can do 35 right now. :thumb:

mrodgers 08-17-14 07:07 AM


Originally Posted by TrojanHorse (Post 17043804)
Good luck and have fun - it's a ride, not a race. If you can do 20, you can do 35 right now. :thumb:

That's what I thought. I ride 20 milers. I've ridden 25 twice and 30 once without problem. Rode 36 yesterday and was done at mile 28. I couldn't go on spinning my legs at all for the last 6 miles. I found I could mash along as I said in the August thread so I mashed my way to the end at probably 40 rpm.

salreus 08-17-14 07:41 AM

My normal saturday is about 20 miles and I rode 30 yesterday without issue. I finished my 30 miles at the same pace as I do my 10 miles and my 20 miles. I guess I only have one average speed. I agree you shouldn't have to slow your pace to get those extra miles. Now I did feel like I wa going much slower on my last 8 miles but that wasn't the case after I looked at the stats. You are doing 10 miles in 45 min now. So, around an extra hour should get you to 35. But if you plan 3 hours. I think you would be just fine.

oddjob2 08-17-14 07:48 AM

Charity rides are typically a leisurely pace and would probably allow 4-6 hours for the 35 mile ride including breaks. You should be fine given your current pace.

nkfrench 08-17-14 12:19 PM

You'll be fine pace-wise.

On 90 minute rides you don't usually need to worry about some of the things that can hit hard on longer rides.
Make sure you drink during the ride. Don't start already dehydrated.
If you sweat a lot and it will be hot, electrolyte replacement may be needed to avoid cramping.
Get some small snacks during the ride. Don't try any new foods, stick with things you're confident will digest easily. Have a modest breakfast (400 calories). Overeating makes you sluggish. Undereating can make you bonk.
Establish a comfortable pace, don't get caught up in excitement or worries about being too slow or trying to match faster riders' pace.
Skip the first rest stop but stop briefly at the others to stretch out, fill water bottles, porta-potties; no more than 5 minutes.
Check the terrain on the charity ride. If it's hilly, make sure you are getting some training on hills.
If it will be sunny, use sunscreen. Sunburn zaps your energy and impairs sweating besides being uncomfortable and long-term bad for you.

I'd budget 3 hours or so.

Lvlbiker 08-17-14 02:27 PM

I'm pretty sure I can do 35 miles in three hours. I'm going to train and do a few 30 mile rides between now and then to make sure. Usually when I ride I push pretty hard to keep a strong pace and work to minimize coasting as much as possible. I have six weeks so I should be able to drop another 15 pounds which can only help.

One other question do you give your legs a couple days off prior to riding so your fresher or work right up to the ride.

mprelaw 08-17-14 03:29 PM

Twenty miles in an hour and a half is about 13.5 mph. You'll be fine. This is a charity ride, and I guarantee that you won't be anywhere close to the slowest rider on the route.

StephenH 08-17-14 08:13 PM

I once rode my Worksman reverse tricycle on a 16-mile charity ride, took 2 hours and PASSED people while doing it. So yes, there are people riding slower out there. It may vary by the ride, and one where the shortest route is 35 miles may not attract the kids-on-little-bikes like a shorter route does.

Take a look at the route. Do the longer routes use the same rest stops that the shorter route does? If so, then they should all be open for you with no problem.

It helps to know the general geography- in particular, if you're riding the flattest roads around, and this route does the hilliest roads around, beware.

indyfabz 08-18-14 05:11 AM

The longest route is 100 miles. Start is at 8 a.m. Finish line activities last until 3 p.m. The finish line does not close until 6 p.m. Don't think you have to worry about time.

Lvlbiker 08-18-14 06:07 AM


Originally Posted by indyfabz (Post 17046835)
The longest route is 100 miles. Start is at 8 a.m. Finish line activities last until 3 p.m. The finish line does not close until 6 p.m. Don't think you have to worry about time.


Thanks! I looked for this info before posting but didn't find it. Looked harder after your post and found it under event timeline. ( I was looking under the rider info)

I should be fine to make it in the time frame. Only worry now is to calm down and not tear off at full speed. Hoping the group dynamic work for me instead of against me in this regard.

salreus 08-18-14 07:48 AM


Originally Posted by Lvlbiker (Post 17045358)
One other question do you give your legs a couple days off prior to riding so your fresher or work right up to the ride.

I like taking one or two days off before my longer weekend rides but if I do ride the night before, I ride at a more relaxed pace. But for me, it really has more to do with work. I can ride 20 miles on a Saturday and then 14 on Sunday without a problem, but find it hard to ride 10 miles after work on a Friday and then do another 20 miles on Saturday.

I went hiking about 10 miles weekend before last and was so tired and used muscles I wasn't used to, I ended up taking Mon-Wed off and did my first ride on Thursday and still felt kind of tired. And turned around and rode my longest this last Saturday of 31 miles and felt great like I could have rode longer. I suspect once you have a really established base, you could take off many days off and be complete refreshed for your ride feeling excited about going out there.

indyfabz 08-18-14 07:48 AM


Originally Posted by Lvlbiker (Post 17046910)
Only worry now is to calm down and not tear off at full speed. Hoping the group dynamic work for me instead of against me in this regard.

Yes. Some first-time event riders get caught up in the moment and go out too hard. Even if you do, it's only 35 miles. It's more of a problem when a person who has done no more than 40 miles pushes it too hard on a 75 mile ride and implodes at mile 55. I shared a room with a guy who did that on a two-day ride. He ended up messing up his knee and was so exhausted that he had his parents come pick him up. They were not happy about the long drive.

spdracr39 08-18-14 08:49 AM


Originally Posted by mprelaw (Post 17045490)
Twenty miles in an hour and a half is about 13.5 mph. You'll be fine. This is a charity ride, and I guarantee that you won't be anywhere close to the slowest rider on the route.

Every ride I have ever done in all distances has a mix of TDF wannabes and beach cruisers on a stroll. At 13 mph average you will be way up the halfway point for sure. Just be sure to hit your rest stops and don't get hooked up in riding fast at the start and you will do fine. I would guess sub three hours will be no problem for you.

InOmaha 08-18-14 10:42 AM

I did one yesterday with my daughter, but we only went 25 miles. We paced ourselves at a 13 mph average. A lot of people darted off and passed us, but we kept our pace using my speedometer. We caught up and passed a lot of the jackrabbits starting at mile 5 or 6, then by mile 15-20 we were passing everyone expect the road bikes from the 42 mile route. It was a relaxing pace, we could talk the whole time, and felt good at the end for the rest of the day.

We did the 25 miles on mountain bikes with road slicks. They were probably 30-35 lbs loaded up. It was a flat course at only 300 ft elevation change. But at any of the hills we encountered, we passed a lot of people by spinning up using the mountain bike gearing.

I could have used my road bike, but why for an untimed cycling event? It was a nice morning out with my daughter that doesn't ride as much, and about 4,300 other people showed up to go with us.


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