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Half Year Cycling Highlights

Old 06-30-15, 11:07 PM
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Half Year Cycling Highlights

Half the year is over ... have you got any particular cycling highlights this year so far?


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For me (us) ...
-- June has been our best month of cycling this year so far, totaling 493.56 km
-- Our half year total is 1976.17 km
-- We've ridden a metric century (100 km) + an imperial century (100 miles) so far this year
-- We've done a whole lot more climbing rides than I'm used to
-- We've had the opportunity to ride 392 km in Canada this month ... beautiful weather, beautiful roads, and ...
-- A good portion of that riding has been with my father as well.
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Old 06-30-15, 11:26 PM
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Half Year Highlights
  • 8 Metric Centuries
  • 6 Imperial Centuries
  • 1 Double Imperial (200 miles in one day, with 8,684 feet of climbing on the 46th annual Davis Double)

Half Year Total: 3266.9 Miles (5257.57 km)
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Old 06-30-15, 11:41 PM
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Hm, half year highlights.

Only two Imperial centuries, no idea how many metrics because I don't track those. 2k miles so far for the year but the best part was spending a week riding in Tuscany with the family.
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Good stuff, @Machka. I know from past posts that climbing isn't the most enjoyable for you, so I hope that's going better.

As for me, I've got a little more than 3,000 miles in for the year and completed my very first 600k brevet a couple weekends ago. And somewhat to my surprise, really enjoyed it all the way through. My registration for PBP 2015 is complete.
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Old 07-01-15, 01:31 AM
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6600km for the year so far, with 15,900m climbing. Did quite a few big events already:

Amstel Gold Race tour version 240km
Ronde van Nijmegen 160km
Tour of Wessex, 3 stages, 335mi over 3 days(107/116/112)
Toerversie Utrecht (TdF stage 2 tour version) 150km

Raced(and even won!) a few crits and a few TTs in between. I've got a vacation in the Dolomites coming up end of next week and Haute Route Pyrenees in August so I should be able to add some quality distance and climbing to the total. It's been a good year so far.
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Old 07-01-15, 02:27 AM
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Climbed Grimes Rd without a stop for the first time. Crazy steep, relentless, long. I guess that's my high point. Rode 3 or 4 50-milers, tons of 30-something, but all in all I'm a little disappointed in myself so far in '15.

It's been really hot for a really long time here. It's a little disturbing. It's messed with my riding. It was 94F around the time I would've ridden today, if it wasn't so damn HOT.
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Old 07-01-15, 06:13 AM
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The biggest highlight - not only for the first half of the year, but for my entire cycling career - would have to be the cycling vacation in the Veneto, and of that, the day we climbed two category 1s - Passo Daone and Madonna di Campiglio on the day the Giro did the same. Those guys did much more, but for us it was well over 10,000' for the day. Met former Giro winner Stefano Garzelli that day, too. The day we did Passo San Boldo was my greatest triumph (i.e., I beat everyone else to the top by a long shot ) and although it was the most challenging, Cima Grappa was the most rewarding and spectacular.

Shortly before all that was the single most fun day of cycling I've ever experienced - the Gran Fondo New York. Not just a century, not just a race, but a HUGE party.

I guess my total for the year is about 2,000 miles and 150 hours. Not sure, because I didn't record much of the riding we did in Italy (computer died and it was a challenge keeping phone sufficiently charged).

One big change is that a couple of months ago I moved out of the city, to an area to which cyclists flock on the weekends, so morning rides are MUCH more interesting now. Another change in store is that I'm getting a single speed/fixed gear bike, so training will be more interesting, too.

No highlights from the racing season. Rain, mechanicals, and poor preparation have combined to make it a real bust so far.
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Half year highlights:

2040 miles
325 miles of that was on a fat bike through the winter/snow/sleet/inclement weather commuting to work
1715 miles on 3 different fixed gear track bikes all on the road

Coldest ride was 0F / -20F wind chill

2 KOM's which have both now been beaten and I quit using Strava after that because I hate the idea of it.
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Well, I have 18701 meters of climbing and 2125 Km of riding with 480 Km of that on the mountain bike. Not the most I've done but it's alright.

Best road ride was probably this weekend at a charity event. It just went well and I felt good pulling a couple of people the entire way. Second best would have been a ride I did after a bad day of work. I got home and did 35 miles of country roads and just let all the frustrations go. It was great.

I did a killer mountain bike ride a couple of weeks ago where I destroyed a downhill segment and an steep uphill switchback. I just felt good that ride and was really flowing with the trail.
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I was on track to beat last year's 6300 miles by about 1200 miles....
That was until I went over the bars 2 weeks ago and fractured my wrist in 2 places.
Do trainer miles count?
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Old 07-01-15, 02:24 PM
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The highlight is buying my road bike and getting into cycling. That and falling due to unclipping the wrong foot.
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Old 07-01-15, 03:42 PM
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3794 miles (6105 km) averaging over 200 a week headed for 250 with a 900 mile May

I was in the best shape I've been in since 1997 - 3.5W/kg, doing over 20 miles in one hour, averaging over 17 MPH at an endurance pace, finishing 4 hour rides on 40-44 oz of water and no food because I sweat 1/2 to 1/3 as much as I used to and am sufficiently fat adapted, 45 resting heart rate.

Then two weeks ago at mile 3792 I broke my collarbone because the city neglected to cleanup loose gravel after repaving months ago.

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Watching my son compete in the juniors national championships. Helping a teammate win a local crit by attacking, chasing, and counter-attacking everything that looked like it had a chance to get away. And for myself, finishing 14th at Nevada City.
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1600 miles so far this year.

Bought my second road bike (bought my first one this past September) - Cannondale CAAD10 and one week later I celebrated with doing 80 miles and 5,000 feet at the 3 State 3 Mountain in Tennessee. I did 2 of the mountains.

I completed my first Imperial Century in late May to celebrate one year of cycling- the CRAM in Tennessee

I have my goal set now on doing a double metric century in July.

Feeling pretty good since I have only been road cycling since last May - first 800 miles on a hybrid until buying a road bike in September.
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I've had a good year so far. Six centuries, two double metric centuries, one double century and my first 20k time trial.

I rode the Planet Ultra Queen of the Mountain Challenge, which is 335 miles and 35000 ft of climbing over 3 rides in six weeks. Came in 9th/17 in the women's division.

One week after I finished the QOM Challenge, I rode the Ojai Century for fun and managed an average pace that was 2mph faster than my previous best.

I rode a 20k TT in June, my first bike race of any kind and came in 2nd/5. Lots of little stuff in that could have been better, but I also did a lot of the technical stuff right: good negative splits (183 watts out, 185 watts back), at LTHR for the entire race, variability index of 1.01.

Last weekend, I rode my second ever double century, something I wasn't really planning on but got talked into with a week's notice. Wound up riding it at a pace that was 1 mph greater than my previous double, which was 6 months ago. Crazy TTS over 800 and I rode it pretty intensely with no fueling/hydration issues. That last part is a minor triumph, I haven't bonked or cramped or become dehydrated since April.

Earned a KOM jersey from my cycling club.

Just under 4000 miles and just over 225,000 ft of climbing for the year. Shopping for a TT bike.
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Oh yeah, I also took my bike on vacation and rode some really beautiful stuff- over the Golden Gate Bridge, through a redwood forest, in Carmel Valley & pebble beach.

Had so much fun that I'm taking my bike to Napa next March.

And the TT bike (if I get one) might come to Hilton Head over Labor Day, because I'll be prepping to a TT series which starts in September.
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won my first race (Tuesday night PIR cat 5)
completed my first hundred mile ride
squeezed in 1,100 miles around college
Made it to the top of Marys Peak, a 50 mile 4,900 ft ride.
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won my first race (Tuesday night PIR cat 5).
Props. Actually winning a race is hard.
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I've had a really underwhelming past six months. My mileage is down. My riding partners have been annoying. And I got sick a couple times which interfered with scheduled cycling events.
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Props. Actually winning a race is hard.
Well, There were only 5 people
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Well, There were only 5 people

Still. Well done.
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6 metric centuries
1 imperial century
2,750 miles
98K' of climbing
Having a blast!
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Not really any highlights but so far I've done:

552 miles
14k feet of climbing

Which is obviously very pitiful compared to pretty much everyone else here, but for me it's a decent amount. I've also been fighting with my bike and numerous flats over the past few weeks which is extremely discouraging. I'm probably going to have to buy a new wheelset to fix whatever is the cause of them.
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Upgraded my bike!
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Well, There were only 5 people
Still. Well done.
Seriously. Statistically the chances of a victory may go up when the field is small, but it usually becomes harder work, too.
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