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Old 09-22-09, 04:50 AM   #1
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50+, 225 miles @ altitude, 14,000 ft of climbing, one ride

No, it wasn't me.

I know and have ridden with the guys who did, and I wanted to share their story.

Two friends from BikeJournal did a ride last week in their "neighborhood". One lives in Ft. Collins, CO, the other in Loveland, CO.

Starting at 5am, they rode the Grand Loop, from Loveland, Big Thompson Canyon, over Devil's Gulch into Estes Park, up Trail Ridge Road to 12,300' altitude, down the other side to Grand Lake and Granby, south to Frazier, Winter Park, and Berthoud Pass, then east to Idaho Springs, along I-70, and north to Golden, then north along the foothills back to Loveland.

One ride
226.1 miles
15 hours 3 minutes ride time
17 hours 45 minutes total time (5 a.m. to 10:45 p.m.)
14,000 ft. of vertical elevation
12,300 ft. max. altitude
15.0 ave. speed
45 mph max. speed

I am entirely impressed, even though one of them is only 49.

These are the same guys who convinced me--a lifelong lowlander and flatlander, who smoked for 35 years and was only in his third year of cycling--that I could to go Colorado, climb Mt. Evans on one day, and ride a century from Loveland up to Peak-to-Peak and across to Estes Park and back down two days later.

If it wasn't for them, I couldn't have done it, nor would I have even tried.

Anyway, their story begins here, or you can skip right to the ride report, including photos, map and elevation profile (gasp!) here.

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Old 09-22-09, 07:13 AM   #2
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That is an impressive ride. Sounds like you will benefit if you stay in touch with them. If they got a 35 year smoker who was a relative newbie at riding to take on the Mt. Evans climb followed by a century, they are indeed motivating influences.
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Old 09-22-09, 08:16 AM   #3
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15 hours huh..well I went to work and then home and a 2 hour ride and then a little tv with dinner.

I can only shake my head to those guys, very inpressive indeed, wow!
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Old 09-22-09, 08:46 AM   #4
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I can not do 221 miles/day.
I am just stating this as a comparison: We did the 14,000 ft/day climbing on the CC tour but only 160 miles and no average speed of 15 MPH either.
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Wow, that is a very good ride with a strong average speed. I guess I should read the ride report.
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I was so impressed that I read every post from beginning to end-truly awesome. Makes me wish I was 52 again.
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