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Your Weekend Cycling Ride Reports - July 22/23

Old 07-22-17, 03:25 AM
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Your Weekend Cycling Ride Reports - July 22/23

Tell us all about your cycling this weekend and during the week as well. Did you do a group ride? Solo ride? Hills? Flat? Hot? Cold?
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Saturday -- Eastern Shore Exploration ... we thought we might do a bit of exploring, a road or two we haven't ridden or haven't ridden in some time ... and also to check out the trail system in Clarence. We discovered that they've been working away at this and that and have been putting together quite a decent trail system. Much better than some of the other local councils, including our own!

But all this exploration ended up being hilly ... much hillier than I thought it was going to be!

Distance: 33.0 km
Elevation: 644 m
Moving Time: 2:20:23
Elapsed Time: 2:37:38
Speed: Avg: 14.1km/h | Max: 46.4km/h










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It was hot out today, but had a really great group ride. 55 miles with 3,000 ft climbing. Somehow the president of the club ended up 'scouting' me to join the club's racing team and give CAT5 a try. I'm not sure how I'll stack up racing with guys half my age, but I'm willing to give it a shot!
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Saturday - I headed out around 8 A.M. on the Schwinn Circuit to climb a local HC route that's not all that steep but goes on forever. It was pretty cool temperature wise in the mountains but the last 30 miles back down in the valley were aweful. Mostly over 100 f and I even had to stop around mile 90 for a few minutes to cool down, put a wet cloth under my helmet, etc. First time I've ever had to take a 10 minute or so break during a century ride. Legs felt ok the whole time but I really had to dial it back when it got hot to keep from overheating.

100 miles today with over 5400 ft of climbing. Fun stuff!



Maybe I'd be cooler on a white bike, LOL!

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Maybe I'd be cooler on a white bike, LOL!
Might just reflect more sunlight onto you.
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Beautiful weather here. Fire danger is high. This weekend and Monday going out on the tandem for just 1 hour rides, doing a set of 4 X 30" X 4' hill sprints in the middle. Tapering for an event on Thursday. Discovered the tiny hill is a segment today, so tomorrow we'll try to improve on our time now that we know where it begins and ends.
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Old 07-23-17, 12:41 AM
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43 miles, it was hot again today, 91, but that's cooler than it was last week and I've become acclimated, and it's going to be on the 90s the next 10 days. There was a huge lacrosse tournament at the park right near my house so I stopped to watch, but unclipped the wrong foot. Fell and skinned my knee in the first 5 minutes of my ride. Then 5 minutes later ran over something and got a flat in my rear tire. After that everything went very well.
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Old 07-23-17, 04:14 AM
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Sunday -- Testing the Rain Gear!

Rain jacket ... good in a light mist, but that's about it. Sadly. It is an old favourite purchased about 14 years ago.
Rain pants ... excellent
Gortex boots ... not bad
Rain gloves ... excellent
Rain helmet cover ... good

We knew it was going to be chilly (about 10C) and wet, but we decided to go for a ride anyway. One of the things that kind of surprised us a bit were the number of other cyclists out there. But not much in the way of pedestrians! It was chilly and wet ... rained for probably 75% of the ride, but for the most part, we were reasonably comfortable.

We stopped at the Red Wall, for a few photos ...


Distance: 50.0 km
Elevation: 438 m
Moving Time: 2:48:14
Elapsed Time: 3:02:59
Speed: Avg: 17.8 km/h | Max: 45.0 km/h
Heart Rate: Avg: 128 bpm | Max: 154 bpm







Gotta love the way my helmet cover looks when I've got a helmet light!
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It was fine and sunny here though a 30km/h + wind that was keeping the app temp down but keeping me warm riding against it. Temp was about 12 degrees C when I left home and about 15 when I finished the ride - app temp about half that. Just did a 82km solo loop with a stop at the cafe for brunch (pizza!) in the mddle of the ride. Garmin said just over 82km when I finished but when I uploaded to Strava at the end I was peeved to lose ~.5km.

Mostly country type roads, traffic was well behaved except for one guy on a Harley Davidson motorbike that spoiled it by riding too close and too fast. Thre's always one.
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Hey Falchoon! Long time no see. What draws you back to BFs?
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Set out to ride the 1st half of the upcoming club DC- new course.

Broke a spoke on the way to the start, limped home. (Death knell for bargain ebay '90s carbon wheelset.)

Started again, later now, & suffered in the heat up the big climb.

Multiple rest/water stops, slight recovery later. Like jamesdak above- muscles OK, but felt bad.

108 (+6) miles, 8,600'

Canada geese, osprey, lizards, & giant road-kill tail of gopher snake.
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Sunday - Figured the legs needed a nice recovery ride after yesterday's tough, hot, climbing century. So I figured I'd take out the old Basso Gap and relish it's smooth ride as I tooled along at around 16/17 mph. Well, about 2 miles into the ride the mighty Italian had enough of that, did a wheelie, and pretty much took off out from under me. I just had to hold on for the ride for the rest of the 25 mile route. It was a cool morning with lots of folks out riding and the Basso tracked down and passed them all. I kept trying to rein it in but the scarlet beast wasn't having any of it. I came into the one small sprint I hit a lot and the bike took off again on my. Not a real try at the sprint but the Basso just kept accelerating and accelerating until I hit over 33 mph. Not bad for a 29 year old 7 speed bike running DT shifters and heavy old wheels. I guess I should have expected the Basso to have an attitude this morning since it's been being neglected lately and probably wanted to prove it's as fast as any of them.

Oh, and I guess chocolate milk, rice, and chicken make for good recovery food as I really expected dead legs this morning.

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The mighty Italian Steed!



And as expected, the bike rode as smooth as silk. This one does ride so very, very nice.
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Monday --

50 minutes in Spinning Class ... at the gym

20 minutes Rowing ... at the gym

45 minutes walking ... mostly outside
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Saturday took the wrong bike. There was a good chance of rain and for some dumb reason I choose my rim brake road bike instead of my disk adventure bike. Duh. Anyways I rode to Weedon Is. and Davis Is. for 48 miles. I made it about half way when it started raining. By the time I made it to Davis Is. I was getting soaked. Lightning was also in the area. On the way home hit a crack in the road which bumped my front tire and started hydroplaning. Fortunately, I stuck my feet out and regained my balance. Sunday was a total wash out.
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Did a 39.6 mile loop around Hollister on mostly backroads with a fair number of hills, although none of them very steep. It's a great loop except pavement is dreadful. Unfortunately that is pretty much the norm around here if you're not on a major roadway with lots of traffic.
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Friday was hotter than hell here and windy so I watched a CFL football game instead of riding after work.


Saturday I did a short 32 kilometer ride early in the AM before the summer heat set in. Exact same ride Sunday AM also. Once it hits over +28 C I won't ride for more than a couple hours max. I gets too damn hot so I stick to short and fast 30k rides so I can get home and beat the heat. I sat on my ass and watched the TDF stages after I came home from riding, then watched more CFL football.
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Between inclement weather and recovering from an injury, I decided to take it easy this weekend. We got pummeled by thunderstorms and heavy rain on Thursday - many streets in town were flooded, some of the country roads and bridges are gone, and it sounds like some of the mountain bike trails might be a loss.

Friday, I did a 10.5 mile recon ride around town to check out the damage.

Tree in a park, with evident lightning damage:



The stream of water past the posts is a bike trail:



Sunday was an easy, flat 25.9 mile out and back along the river. The highway along the river survived the storms, but there were some random piles of sand along intersections with roads going up the bluffs. I'm guessing that my Monday group might head across the river to Minnesota, as it's not clear how many roads and bridges we've lost on the Wisconsin side.
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I did a 50km Gran Fondo this weekend.

Distance 49.7km
Moving Time 2:06:05
Elevation : 425m

Avg Max
Speed 23.7km/h 81.0km/h
Heart Rate 164bpm 186bpm
Cadence 87 123
Power 97W 548W
Calories 819
Temperature 16℃
Elapsed Time 2:23:54

There was some killer hills along the way. I had to dig deep. The way down was a blast at 80km/h. A little bit scary but a blast.
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Sat: 48mi 3000' with a friend. got out as early as i could be awake and tried to beat some of the heat. Helped some but it still got pretty hot near the end.

Sun: 8-9mi mtn bike ride. It still takes me a while to get into the flow of things and i walk a bunch of stuff i could probably do later on. still PR'd one section and got another section clean that i'm happy about
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It is getting pretty hot around these parts, and I am skipping a later ride in the heat if I can fit in a short run earlier in the day.

Sat: 34 miles ~1500' elevation in the morning to visit my favorite longhorn. There were actually some other cyclists along the way for the first time in a while.

Sun: 2.1 mile run/walk/run around the neighborhood lake. These sorts of runs seem to be helping my riding rather than hindering.
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Originally Posted by jamesdak View Post
...Not bad for a 29 year old 7 speed bike running DT shifters and heavy old wheels.

The mighty Italian Steed!

Those don't look so heavy to me - are they steel or something? I'll give you heavy wheels - try riding some knobby 40mm tires.

Took the CX bike on a 60 mile/ 3700' group ride (with some nice 8-18% grades thrown in for good measure) on Sunday. Was all prepared for rain, but of course it stayed dry the whole time, so I felt a little foolish dragging that thing around with its fenders and all (and only one bottle on a hot day-repair kit occupies 2nd cage), and a rain jacket stuffed in my jersey, but I will say I appreciated the disc brakes on the one super-steep descent we got. Actually, that was the first time I felt an appreciable difference over rim brakes.

Saturday was a smaller group but a similar distance/effort and quite hot. Ended up spending a lot of time with the same folks last weekend - on Saturday evening, one couple hosted a party attended by many who were on both rides.
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Davis Is. evening ride for 33 miles this Tuesday. Dang it's hot. The heat index was something like 105.
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Ended up with 82.2 miles
Half century on Saturday (Time 2hh:35mm, Ele Gain 2,618ft, MAX Ele 768ft, AVG Speed 19.3 mph, MAX Speed 34.2 mph, AVG HR 148bpm, MAX HR 166bpm, Calories 2,179)
32 Miles on Sunday (Time 1hh:40mm, Ele Gain 1,378ft, MAX Ele 711ft, AVG Speed 19.3 mph, MAX Speed 35.1 mph, AVG HR 143bpm, MAX HR 166bpm, Calories 1,343)
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