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2024 races/what are you looking forward to?

Old 12-27-23, 08:38 AM
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2024 races/what are you looking forward to?

Hey,

After my first year doing brevets in 2023, Iím looking to do more ultra type events in 2024. What would you recommend for something more competitive over long distances? Ideally, itíd be a 1-2 day thing somewhere in the northeastern US. I donít have a gravel bike, but I get the sense that long gravel grinders might be a good fit.

Anyways, I think we could also turn this into a thread where people share what sorts of rides & ultra events theyíve got their eyes on in 2024.
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My "big event" of 2024 is the Florida 500, a 533-mile single-stage race from Jacksonville Beach to Key West, third week of February. I've done it twice (2024 will be my third) and it's a lot of "fun". It's long enough to be really hard and to make you suffer. It's also long enough to give you a good sense of accomplishment. But it's not too long or too hard that it ruins the enjoyment. It's also a flat course with pretty coastal scenery.

I don't race in the Northeast and don't have any recommendations for your area, but you are more than welcome to come to join us in Florida
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My 13yo and I have plans to do a trio of grand fondos, one in NJ, the Hincapie in PA and nationals in Maryland. That'll be most of the training for me and the wife attempting the VTXL in VT this Sept. We're thinking of doing the medium course, can't remember the exact mileage off the top of my head but its something like 160/200/360 depending on if you do the southern loop, the northern loop or the whole figure 8. Its self supported so if you finish one of the loops and want to do the whole thing you can.
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Originally Posted by Turnin_Wrenches
My "big event" of 2024 is the Florida 500, a 533-mile single-stage race from Jacksonville Beach to Key West, third week of February. I've done it twice (2024 will be my third) and it's a lot of "fun". It's long enough to be really hard and to make you suffer. It's also long enough to give you a good sense of accomplishment. But it's not too long or too hard that it ruins the enjoyment. It's also a flat course with pretty coastal scenery.

I don't race in the Northeast and don't have any recommendations for your area, but you are more than welcome to come to join us in Florida
I've never done that much flat riding before, I have to imagine it's a unique experience. I don't know Florida well, but if it's a nice route, I could imagine zoning out and grinding out the miles would feel satisfying
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I heard about the Florida500 when Amanda Coker won it in 2021. Here is her epic ride report.
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Undecided.

Plan A
I promised myself I'd scale back the randonneuring this year, on the heels of PBP, and do other things. There are a ton of non-rando rides that look amazing; plenty of gravel and forest roads. Maybe a backpacking trip.

Plan B
Domestic grand brevet. Seattle International Randonneurs has a Seattle to Glacier National Park 1300k (Amtrak return) that could be my focus. I've put my name on the interested list for NY - Montreal - NY. Either one could be the focus.

Plan C
1000k plus a Fleche to earn a RUSA cup.

Fixie Option
I did a number of 100k perms and one 200k ride on my fixed gear in 2023. I have it in mind to try a fixed-gear SR series. That will be hard as heck; maybe just this for rando, plus Plan A.

OP you could look at endurance road races. I did that for a few years after starting randonneuring. Different enough to be interesting. The one I rode in Michigan is kaput, but Sebring in Florida is still run. A 24 hour road race is a different kind of mental challenge.
https://www.bikesebring.org/_events.php
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Originally Posted by joewein
I heard about the Florida500 when Amanda Coker won it in 2021. Here is her epic ride report.
I'm a big fan of what Amanda has accomplished, but her Florida500 record has been broken twice since she set it. I'd like to see her attempt to reclaim the record, but she has told me she is not a fan of the course and will not be back.
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Originally Posted by Turnin_Wrenches
My "big event" of 2024 is the Florida 500, a 533-mile single-stage race from Jacksonville Beach to Key West, third week of February. I've done it twice (2024 will be my third) and it's a lot of "fun". It's long enough to be really hard and to make you suffer. It's also long enough to give you a good sense of accomplishment. But it's not too long or too hard that it ruins the enjoyment. It's also a flat course with pretty coastal scenery.

I don't race in the Northeast and don't have any recommendations for your area, but you are more than welcome to come to join us in Florida
Looks like a perfect bicycle vacation style for me, living in the north of Canada, it would be a nice break from winter. I couldn't ride Florida in summer, too hot,
but winter must be ok.
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Originally Posted by Turnin_Wrenches
I'm a big fan of what Amanda has accomplished, but her Florida500 record has been broken twice since she set it. I'd like to see her attempt to reclaim the record, but she has told me she is not a fan of the course and will not be back.
Instead of saying something like "maybe next year", or the like, she blames the course for not returning to reclaim her record.. Nice way treat the race director who gave you a free entry and hotel to stay at in Key West at the end of the race.
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