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Old 03-16-12, 08:24 PM
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Question about Philly Livestrong

I see the Philly Livestrong ads in the margins on this board and it got me wondering. Is this similar to the MS 150 city to the shore? I mean, is it a leisurely ride or more intense? I thought I heard in the past that this was more of an intense ride rather than a fun ride. I am wondering f I am ready to consider this
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Old 03-19-12, 10:46 AM
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I rode in it last year and have not done the MS 150 City to Shore. For the Most part I heard the MS 150 is flat. The 100 mile course on the Livestrong is by no means flat. Lots of rollers with a failry long(but not steep) climb in the middler. There are several distances in the Livestrong, 10, 25, 40, 70, and 100 if my memory serves me. The 100 miler is a bit intense because there was a cut off last year. You had to be at the 30 mile mark in 2 hours which is a faily intense pace for some given the all the rollers. It was normally 3 hours but by the time you get out of the starting chutes(they only let about 100 or so go at a time) a half hour goes by. The ride was supposed to start at 7:30, didn't get out of the chutes until 8:00. Then due to the weather(nast T-storms), they moved the cut off time from 10:30 to 10:00. The other thing that bothered me to make it a bit more intense was the lack of control some of the riders on the 100 had especially on the downhills. I have never seen so many accidents while cycling before. I was buzzed by a couple of guys(passing me very very closely) which is stupid on their part because how do they know I would not be moving over 6" or so to avoid a road hazard.(pot hole, crack, roadkill, etc).
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Its nothing like an MS 150 ride, thats for damn sure. I did 9 MS 150s from 1994-2002, some were cool with overcast, 96 was a hurricane, 95 was like 108 degrees, various conditions but none of them had what I would consider a brutal route. In 1994 I was 13 years old when I did my first one, I didn't even really train for real. I took about 8-9 years off and got older and fatter. Started riding in May again last year and set a goal of riding a century again. I ended up picking the 2011 Philly Livestrong event.

I would consider my training last year to be pretty good, lot of 80+ mile training rides leading up to it over a what I thought was a pretty hard route with a decent amount of climbing. I was pretty confident. Boy was I wrong...

As mentioned above the crappy waste of time talking at the start of the event cost me time, I was lucky to get in the first batch to roll out at 745 in the morning, moving the 33 mile cutoff deadline up to 10:00am was just added pressure. I started off averaging 19.5mph in the first hour burying myself and then I got a flat front tire on the very rough road surface. I lost about a half hour changing it, then started off again and at about the 25 mile mark they start killing you with hills. I was already wiped out and was one of the last ones to make it before the cutoff. From there on you pretty much never ever went downhill and when you did it was such a rough road you had to ride the brakes to avoid wrecking, those that didn't found their way to an ambulance, some guy was covered in blood in a ditch, another went over a guardrail into the trees. There was a constant line of cars hauling people off the course. I became less interested in speed and more in surviving. They tried to hold me at the rest stop at mile 75 because there was a storm coming, I just took off anyway, there was supposed to be one or two more rest stops before the finish (which was well needed I was going through water like crazy). There wasnt any so I rode solo for the last 25 miles with no support and hardly any riders around me. Came into the finish, which was pretty much already closed down then the skies opened up and drenched me for my painful half mile ride back to the car.

Hardest ride I've ever done on a bike. Period, stages of the Tour de France have less climbing, even Lance said it put a hurting on him.

If your going to do this, train hard, real hard.
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Originally Posted by Rodimus_Prime
They tried to hold me at the rest stop at mile 75 because there was a storm coming, I just took off anyway,
That's why you got drenched I stopped there when they told me, had some food and drink, sat down and rested. Only held us for about 10 mins. Got my second wind and tore up the last portion if the ride. It was a bummer that no one was there cheering you on when you crossed the finish line, kind of anti-climatic. Didn't rain again until I got in the car and was heading home up Morris Road.

I agree with Rod, train hard and ride hills(lots of hills) if you wan to ride the 100 miler.
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nope I didnt get rained on till like 5 min after i finished haha, but then I got absolutely drenched
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Hmmmm...I think maybe a Tour De Cure might be a better fit. Thanks!
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Thats prob alot easier as I believe its a fairly flat metric century only 62 miles
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