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Your Weekend/Weekly Cycling Reports -- Feb 24/25

Old 02-24-18, 04:32 AM
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Your Weekend/Weekly Cycling Reports -- Feb 24/25

Tell us all about your cycling over the past week and on into this weekend!!
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Rowan and I had a good week of cycling!!

Last Sunday we cycled a 200 km randonnee (215.5 km!!)

Then between Tuesday and today we cycled the Great Victorian Rail Trail:
https://www.greatvictorianrailtrail.com.au/

We did a bit extra on the Wednesday so all up, we cycled 312.4 on that cycling tour.

In total: 527.9 km in a week!!


I'll probably do a bit of a write-up about the tour in coming days ... with photos!!
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I wont be playing for awhile. Had a dog come out of nowhere and ran right into my front wheel. Crashed onto hard pavement. Worse injury is an AC joint separation and displacement. I see an Ortho DR Wednesday to see if i need surgery or not. Hopefully I miss weeks off the bike and not months.
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Saturday: Short group ride with a group of friends. Took the mini-velo out instead of the road bike; had to give myself a handicap to fit in a real workout into this ride.

Moving Time: 36:53
Distance: 18.2km
Avg Speed: 29.6km/h
Max Speed: 43.9km/h
Elevation Gain: 92m


Sunday: The local Audax group held a short medal-collection meet-and-ride for the recent BRM200 in January, so I went to collect my brevet card and medal. I didn't join them on the follow-up ride though; instead, I went with a friend do a bit of climbing within the same area.

Weather was a bit weird, the sun was out and bright by 8am yet it was quite windy and cold. This made the ascent to the peak a bit harder, and also made the following descent a bit unstable (I was on 44mm profile rims). Also had a near miss during the descent. Was going at somewhere in the region of 40-50km/h when I came across another cyclist stopped right in the middle of the road, chatting with another cyclist by the side. My friend yelled at him from behind me as I was about to swerve to my right to dodge him, he noticed us and moved into my path, but fortunately I was quick to react and swerved to my left.

In retrospect, that was a pretty bad situation. If it had been a car coming down at my speed (or faster), the resulting incident could have turned out badly for the cyclist.

Moving Time: 1:42:28
Distance: 46km
Avg Speed: 27km/h
Max Speed: 56.2km/h
Elevation Gain: 530m


Originally Posted by jamesdak View Post
I wont be playing for awhile. Had a dog come out of nowhere and ran right into my front wheel. Crashed onto hard pavement. Worse injury is an AC joint separation and displacement. I see an Ortho DR Wednesday to see if i need surgery or not. Hopefully I miss weeks off the bike and not months.
Ouch, sorry to hear about that. Get well soon.
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Short ride but it was cold and windy as heck. 32 degrees and a steady 15-18 mph wind...
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Yesterday's ride was kinda meh... The ride felt great, and on the return leg I really blasted along, but ironically, I had set out for just a leisurely semi-exploratory ride, and when I stopped to figure out whether I should continue on or head home, I couldn't get the map on Strava to come up, so I stopped the ride. Forgot to re-start it when I got underway, so all those PRs I thought I got didn't happen. Also kinda bummed to see all the folks I usually ride with had great rides without me. Oh well, at least I didn't get rained on, and the Casati felt great.

Today was rainy, as forecast, and I'd planned on some roller madness anyhow. This time, it was Don Carlo. 80 miles in 3:20 "moving" time, 4:04 elapsed. Best "segment" was a reprise of Dio, che nell'alma infondere - six minutes at 28 mph average. However, for the last side I only averaged 20.4 mph. I was tired. I'm not doing anything like that next weekend, even if the weather is bad, but after that, for the next rainy day roller session, I may just try a "Gran Fondo." Gotta figure out what to play, though.
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45 miles on a cool, rainy Friday, mostly a small group ride with friends around the city. Fortunately not quite cold so it was comfortable for folks who dressed appropriately.

And another 28 miles Saturday with a visiting friend on a lovely sunny afternoon, exploring a rural route.

Hoped to ride again Sunday afternoon but the neck and shoulder cramps said nope. Good weekend overall though. Finally feels like I'm over a nearly 2-month long bout with flu symptoms.
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Finally got out, 9 days into a bad cold. Last weekend did zip.

Windy & cold (for here), 64, 4k, about 400 snot rockets.
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Yesterday's ride was kinda meh... The ride felt great, and on the return leg I really blasted along, but ironically, I had set out for just a leisurely semi-exploratory ride, and when I stopped to figure out whether I should continue on or head home, I couldn't get the map on Strava to come up, so I stopped the ride. Forgot to re-start it when I got underway, so all those PRs I thought I got didn't happen. Also kinda bummed to see all the folks I usually ride with had great rides without me. Oh well, at least I didn't get rained on, and the Casati felt great.

Today was rainy, as forecast, and I'd planned on some roller madness anyhow. This time, it was Don Carlo. 80 miles in 3:20 "moving" time, 4:04 elapsed. Best "segment" was a reprise of Dio, che nell'alma infondere - six minutes at 28 mph average. However, for the last side I only averaged 20.4 mph. I was tired. I'm not doing anything like that next weekend, even if the weather is bad, but after that, for the next rainy day roller session, I may just try a "Gran Fondo." Gotta figure out what to play, though.


4 hours on rollers. Kudos!!
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I wont be playing for awhile. Had a dog come out of nowhere and ran right into my front wheel. Crashed onto hard pavement. Worse injury is an AC joint separation and displacement. I see an Ortho DR Wednesday to see if i need surgery or not. Hopefully I miss weeks off the bike and not months.
Really sorry to hear this!! I hope you get good news and that you'll only be off the bicycle a short time.
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I've loaded photos from the first couple days of our Great Victorian Rail Trail cycling tour.

We flew over to Melbourne on Friday 16th, and then drove up to Bendigo on the Saturday for our 200 km audax cycling event which was held on the Sunday. Monday we wandered around Bendigo a little bit and then drove to Melbourne and dropped off our rental car. From then on, we were carfree! That evening, we wandered around Melbourne a little bit.

On Tuesday 20 February, we started our tour. First, we caught the train out to the start of the Great Victorian Rail Trail.





When we got there, we started riding. It was a hot sunny day, so about halfway along, we stopped for a bit of a break.





Feel free to click the photos for more ... there are quite a few more. I have labelled/commented on most/all of them.
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Our first day of touring was only about 40 km, but coming 2 days after the 215 km ride, plus being on gravel in the hot sun, it was a bit of a struggle. I actually wondered briefly about the wisdom of doing this particular tour. In just a couple days time, the length of the rides would increase!

However, we made it to the end of our first day, got some much needed cold drinks (coke) and citrus ice creams, and felt much better. We relaxed for a while in our cabin watching the Olympics, then went out for dinner and followed it by a walk through the local wetlands. When we lived in that area, we'd never visited the wetlands so we figured we finally would! It was lovely in there with lots of birds and one brown snake. Poisonous, of course.

The next day we were on our way to Alexandra. First it was up and through the Cheviot Tunnel ...




It is quite a long tunnel and gets very dark soon after entering, so we were glad of our lights.

From there we descended and then climbed again to the lookout over the Alexandra area, and then descended into Alexandra.

We wandered the main street of town, checking everything out. I liked this ... a kangaroo made from a bicycle wheel.




Then we visited friends we hadn't seen in some time, we cycled roads we haven't cycled in a few years, and later in the evening we rode out to spend the evening with more friends.


Day 3 was a longer day. First we cycled to another friend's place and she showed me how to spin! I wasn't very good at it, but I could see how someone might get into it.

Then the route took us mostly, gradually uphill to Mansfield. Fortunately, it was a little bit cooler and somewhat overcast. One highlight of this leg of the journey is the long bridge across Lake Eildon.

Since the trail is gravel/chert, and since it was still fairly warm and humid, what you can't see in the photo below is that my legs are covered in dust/dirt which puffs up when we cycle through it, and sticks to my sweaty legs. :grin:


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Originally Posted by jamesdak View Post
I wont be playing for awhile. Had a dog come out of nowhere and ran right into my front wheel. Crashed onto hard pavement. Worse injury is an AC joint separation and displacement. I see an Ortho DR Wednesday to see if i need surgery or not. Hopefully I miss weeks off the bike and not months.



Missed this.

Hope you heal up quickly.
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Mild weather again this week. Tuesday did the Davis Is. evening ride for 27 miles. Saturday and Sunday went around S. Tampa. Got in 41 miles each day. Both days the Gasparilla Distance Classic run was going on around Bayshore so I had to modify my route. On the good side I think I have bounced back from the flu last month and was riding pretty strong, for me.
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Instead of taking out my road bike like I usually do on the weekend, I decided to try a dirt road that goes about 8 miles in between two secondary roads. Quite steep in sections but very peaceful and quiet. At one point, I had ridden over an hour and not encountered a single car. 37 miles total.

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4 hours on rollers. Kudos!!
Thank you. I do hope it amounts to some kind of training though, because it is a bit stupefying after a while.
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I wont be playing for awhile. Had a dog come out of nowhere and ran right into my front wheel. Crashed onto hard pavement. Worse injury is an AC joint separation and displacement. I see an Ortho DR Wednesday to see if i need surgery or not. Hopefully I miss weeks off the bike and not months.
Wow, so sorry to hear that JD. Here's to a prompt and successful recovery!!!

I have a friend who was coming down Provo Canyon last summer near Bridal Veil fall and was taken out by an uncontrolled dog on a leash. So frustrating. He ended up with a torn rotator cuff that required surgery and a lengthy recovery.

Were you able to identify the dog owner? I know a good local personal injury attorney who specializes in bicycle accident cases if you want a reference. He's an avid cyclist as well, and a good guy.

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I had a fun tandem century on Saturday the 24th. My wife declined my invitation to stoke, but I had a strong male fellow rider volunteer, so we had a team age of only 118. The first few miles, we had some "mixed precipitation" as they say, then only occasional showers the rest of the way. Snow level was 1000' and max elevation was only 500', so perfect. Temps were 32°-41°, not too bad since it wasn't steady rain the whole way. We worked well together and averaged 17 in the saddle, though total elevation gain was only 3400'. The bike ran like a train.



We did a few miles on a bike path starting at about mile 75. The path is oddly deserted, is it not? The tandem is set up for moving right along. Those are my hi-viz gloves resting on my aerobars.
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