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your favorite ride of 2015

Old 01-03-16, 07:28 AM
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I turned 71 in June, ten days later I rode the Tour de Oahe, near Pierre S.D. It was a 71 mile ride, I wanted to average at least 14 mph, I ended up with 15.5 average.
It was a windy day but mostly at my side and back, was very happy with my results.
Gave up riding my age when I hit 69 but did it twice last year.
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On December 12, 2015 at 0730 a 5 mile ride to LBS to say high to the group before they headed out and then 6 miles back home.

Doesn't compare to all the great rides that have been posted, but for me it was the first ride just 2 days after my prostate cancer procedure that cured me of the cancer and it was done with a Foley in use. No rides so far any better than that one in my book so far.
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Nice rides!

In mid-October I rode in the inaugural "Bike the Big Easy" ride in New Orleans, Louisiana. This 40 mile ride started at the Superdome and passed through the French Quarter, Central Business District, Garden District, Mid-town, City Park, and Lakefront before returning back to the Superdome. Forty miles is a fun distance and it was interesting to ride through the New Orleans neighborhoods on closed streets with 1400 other riders.

The few bridges we crossed presented the only elevation changes on the ride, but the consistent 25 MPH headwinds for 7 miles of the route along Lake Pontchartrain made up for the lack of elevation change. Overall this was a fun ride and I'm looking forward to doing it again next year.

I didn't take photos, but I found a YouTube video that shows about half the route.
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=vguwkTOp7yc
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Originally Posted by Robius View Post
I love climbing on good pave to summits. I had 80,000m climbing in 4000kms this year.

wow! nice pic. where is this?
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Old 01-03-16, 01:47 PM
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wow! nice pic. where is this?
Thank you. This is in Bolu, Turkey.
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Old 01-03-16, 03:38 PM
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^stunning.
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Definitely crossing the alps with a great group of friends and then riding back solo across the Penser Joch.
Alp-X bike tour 2015

Day 1:
Bike Ride Profile | Alp-x Day 1 near Lenggries | Times and Records | Strava
Day 2:
Bike Ride Profile | Alp-x Day 2 near Seefeld in Tirol | Times and Records | Strava
Day 3:
Bike Ride Profile | Alp-x Day 3 near Resia | Times and Records | Strava
And back on Day 4:
Bike Ride Profile | Hardest ride i've ever done near Caldaro | Times and Records | Strava
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I need to get a pocket camera. I did Washington Pass last year, but only with my cell phone.

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Originally Posted by ooga-booga View Post
what was your favorite ride of 2015 and why? maybe it was your first ride back after a significant injury or time away from the bike.
maybe it was the one you finally conquered that local beastie climb or met that special someone. maybe it was the one in a beautiful
place that reaffirmed the reason you ride. maybe it was your hardest/longest/most challenging. maybe it was the one on which you
finally realized something important about yourself or solved a problem you'd been working on for some time. perhaps one combining
many reasons why.

here's mine. Bike Ride Profile | Close Your Eyes And You'll Be There It's Everything They Say Century near Santa Ynez | Times and Records | Strava

long, hard, challenging, beautiful, all new roads for me. i didn't want the ride to end although my feet sure did. looking back, i only
had a handful of rides in the running this year vs 2 dozen in the running in 2014. i know what my #1 goal for 2016 is now.

Climbing Mt. Baldy during Tour of California. I live in flatland so climbing 18 miles of 6k ft was amazing esp solo, with a rental bike, then watching Julian Alaphillipe drop Sagan and everyone else after taking a selfie with him the previous day during TT

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Originally Posted by Seattle Forrest View Post
I need to get a pocket camera. I did Washington Pass last year, but only with my cell phone.

Wow! beautiful
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Old 01-04-16, 01:17 PM
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Originally Posted by TexMac View Post
Wow! beautiful
It's a great ride. I have done it twice as part of unsupported tours. This was taken near the summit of the first one:
It was snowing but not sticking to the road.
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Old 01-04-16, 10:37 PM
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Originally Posted by DXchulo View Post
https://www.strava.com/activities/340339433

If you haven't Everested you really need to give it a shot. It will be your favorite for sure.




Still thinking about this one.

I haven't Everested.

Do I really need to give it a shot?
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Have to be the ride in August, as part of cycle greater yellowstone, from Red Lodge MT up over Beartooth pass down to Cooke City, about 80 miles and about 5k feet of climbing I think. snowing at the top of Bear Tooth and very cold, then raining into Cooke City. Passing signs saying "This Is Grizzly Country" when you are going uphill at 8 mph. Makes you think. And then the next morning being greeted with ice, not frost, on the bikes and a balmy 28 degrees. But man it was so epic.
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Originally Posted by woodcraft View Post
Still thinking about this one.

I haven't Everested.

Do I really need to give it a shot?
Absolutely. The feeling of accomplishment at the end is much higher than for a double century, for example, and doesn't take a whole lot longer.
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My favorite ride of 2015 was a weeklong bike tour that I rode with several friends from Pittsburgh to Washington DC on the GAP-C&O Canal trails. This was the second time we've done the trip, but the weather was more favorable (cooler) this year as we rode in mid-May. There also were a lot of wildflowers blooming, which added to the already nice scenery.
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Old 01-05-16, 10:50 AM
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Absolutely. The feeling of accomplishment at the end is much higher than for a double century, for example, and doesn't take a whole lot longer.

I might have to start by Denaliing....
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While stopping a night in San Louis Obispo on the way from LA to SF I rode up through Perfumo Canyon to Avila beach and back was amazing. I didn't know what I was in for and it just felt like discovery after discovery. Top it off with great morning fog and I think it will be my most memorable ride for a long time.


This photo was taken looking back down Perfumo Canyon near the top of the climb.

Also anytime I ride in the rain.
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Originally Posted by Scummer View Post
Definitely crossing the alps with a great group of friends and then riding back solo across the Penser Joch.
Alp-X bike tour 2015

And back on Day 4:
Bike Ride Profile | Hardest ride i've ever done near Caldaro | Times and Records | Strava
I don't think genetics failed you, holy crap that's a big ride.
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Originally Posted by thin_concrete View Post
I started cycling recently, so nothing inspirational for many of you, but my favorite ride was the one I first made it 15 miles. That was a great feeling to make it that far without stopping.
That reminds me of my earliest cycling days. I started with an out and back route in my mind, and I would just see how far I could ride that day. Each week, I would make it a little further down the road, and eventually I was able to turn it into a 32 mile loop that I did 2-3 times a week. It will come to you soon!
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For me, I had a pretty crappy year, but was able to bookend the year with two metric centuries. One in January, which was the last big ride I did for a while due to a family situation. Then the last week of the year, I strung together a bunch of loops for another metric century. Hoping to do better this year.

The first one in January was part road/part gravel and I was on my Domane with 25mm tires. The second one in December was all pavement on my Crockett with 32mm tires. I didn't have the Crockett in January, but I used it in December because it had fenders and the roads were still iffy from recent storms.
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It's a tie for me between two rides:

July I rode on a vacation in Florida. Bonita Springs to Sanibel and Captiva Islands. First time riding in an area like that. Not a long ride, but very fun & flatter than what I am used to. Lots of pictures taken. Hopped in the ocean at the end of the ride and chilled on the beach waiting for my family to pick me up and go out for lunch.

https://www.strava.com/activities/343376794





September I did my longest ride ever. From home to where my parents live. Headwind the entire day. I was hoping for a tailwind, but I couldn't be choosy on which weekend. That same weekend, a day after I went for a ride with my dad and took our son along for a short 10ish miler. Then the day after that, I took my kids in the trailer for a 40 mile bike ride with my wife and my dad. Nice slow pace to put an end to my riding season.

https://www.strava.com/activities/400179268




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My favorite ride was when I completed my first Metric Half Century while I was still 50. I just started in April, and in June/July I decided to make that a goal. I was able to do it in late August. Even though I got a cramp at about the 23 mile mark, I was still able to finish. About 20 of the miles was with a group, but the other 10+ miles were solo.

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This one was fun because of the 11 mph tailwind!

https://www.strava.com/activities/396589808

I saw that segment that only 9 people had done and (being the ultimate cherry picker of rarely-ridden, heavily wind-aided Strava segments ) I just couldn't resist. Of course, crawling the 31.3 miles from my digs out to the start of this at 13 mph wasn't as much fun (and I never record slow stuff like warmups on Strava, only stuff that makes me look good ). Plus, it takes me a loooong time to warm up before doing a decent speed. But good things come to those who wait, and this half of the ride was a blast!
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Two from 2015. RAMROD--beautiful ride, great support, and I beat my stretch goal by 1 hour 21 minutes.

Passo delle Erbe loop in the Dolomites--hardest thing I've done, and I loved it. https://www.strava.com/activities/384797283
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Originally Posted by Seattle Forrest View Post
I need to get a pocket camera. I did Washington Pass last year, but only with my cell phone.

I got a Ricoh GR--very portable, intuitive controls, and takes way better photos than I have the skill to take advantage of--yet. I'm very happy with it.
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