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STP 2018. Anyone?

Old 06-14-18, 12:06 AM
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STP 2018. Anyone?

Last year did my first Seattle to Portland bike ride. It was easier than I anticipated and weather was nice and cool.

Today, I just looked my Cascade account and got a nice BIB# 2777
This year I am riding to Kelso on first day and short 50 miles on Sunday.
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Enjoy!

I'll be out in the mountains.
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You should just finish the full ride in a single day and save the trouble of staying somewhere and having to get back on the bike! Good luck, I'll be doing RSVP this year instead.
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I've previously ridden STP twice, but I'm planning to ride it in one day this year. Any other one-day riders out there that would like to connect? My solo flatland pace is 19-ish, so I'd like to hook up with a few folks or a group who might run at 20 or slightly above. I don't normally ride with a group, but I try to connect with pacelines during events like STP or Flying Wheels, so I know enough etiquette to avoid being a danger to myself and others. I'd be happy to connect before hand for a try-before-you-buy or such.
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I signed up back when registration opened and have been looking forward to it. Original plan was to do it in two days but after feeling great right after a training ride of 110+ miles with 5,000í elevation gain last Friday Iím thinking I will just power through the one day. The only other group ride Iíve ever done was the Chilly Hilly back in February. I tend to average 16.5mph or so on solo rides so I doubt anyone here wants to team up with a slowpoke like me.
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The day is almost here! I'm for sure doing the one day. Leaving at 4:30am to try and get in before sunset. Having trouble sleeping the past couple nights out of excitement/nervousness. Gonna be an epic day!
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Will be a hot day - stay hydrated and lets have a fun and safe weekend ride!
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Originally Posted by arizonamed View Post
The day is almost here! I'm for sure doing the one day. Leaving at 4:30am to try and get in before sunset. Having trouble sleeping the past couple nights out of excitement/nervousness. Gonna be an epic day!

Enjoy your epic day. Beware the chair.
This was a long time ago.


We started with 6 but 2 of them started dragging and finally quit at mile 150 so we were way behind and barely made it to Portland before they closed the bike suitcase drop room for the night.
Slept well that night.
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Protip: Follow the tandems until you hit the hills in renton. Good luck!
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I'm doing it for my first time! 2 days though, one day is beyond my skills. Last year I did a few centuries, this year I haven't though I did do the 67 route for flying wheels.
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A Dream in the Past... and Another to Anticipate

STP is my favorite sponsored ride. I've ridden the one-day ride 9 years now but will miss it this year. I remember one year being particularly hot... over 100 degrees. That year I setup a tri-bike bottle cage on the back of my seat and carried 4 bottles downing NUUN one bottle an hour. I've never ridden the 2-day event... I prefer riding 100 to centralia for lunch... 50 to a rest stop in Vader... and then the fantastic stop in St Helens for the cream cheese rolls, soaking in the mister... and then bringing it home down Highway 30.... Ugh... now I want to ride this year.

Have fun... enjoy the views... talk to people and make new friends... and change hand positions often... It's a fantastic event!

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Protip: Follow the tandems until you hit the hills in renton. Good luck!
There are no hills in Renton. First real climb is in Puyallup.
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There are no hills in Renton. First real climb is in Puyallup.
the climb up from Seward into Renton is generally where the double and triple tandems fall off and the fast groups ride off.
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Originally Posted by redlude97 View Post
the climb up from Seward into Renton is generally where the double and triple tandems fall off and the fast groups ride off.
Seward Park is in Seattle. That is a tough little bump. After that though is a long downhill followed by a long flat section before you actually hit Renton. If the tandem riders are strong, they will scoop you up before you hit Rainier Beach H.S.
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Seward Park is in Seattle. That is a tough little bump. After that though is a long downhill followed by a long flat section before you actually hit Renton. If the tandem riders are strong, they will scoop you up before you hit Rainier Beach H.S.
I misremembered but south seattle/renton same thing. Our group never got caught by any of the tandems and were weren't particularly fast compared to other 1 day groups
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I misremembered but south seattle/renton same thing. Our group never got caught by any of the tandems and were weren't particularly fast compared to other 1 day groups
They must have got caught at the double light on Rainier Ave. and Seward Park Blvd. Those two lights can be a 5 minute wait if oneís luck is bad. STP is made for tandems. Very few steep hills and a lot of flat riding. I think the record is held by somebody who rode a recumbent.
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It seems the Puyallup climb is not the same climb as previous years due to construction.
The detour route for this year seems less steep, with max grade of 6%.
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It seems the Puyallup climb is not the same climb as previous years due to construction.
The detour route for this year seems less steep, with max grade of 6%.
I for one am not disappointed with a lower grade.
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i mean the normal hill isn't even that bad at 6% for 1 mile with only grades up to 10%.
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That was awesome. Got pretty hot late in the day but overall what a great day. We rolled into Portland right around 7pm, ended up averaging 17.5mph which was significantly faster than we planned. Spent the day constantly eating, drinking nuun, and peeing and I think those three things were the key to keeping me fresh. Canít wait for next year!
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One of the guys in my club did the one day ride, stayed in a pretty fast group. He averaged 20.1mph for the whole trip.

Not something Iím even remotely interested in.
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One of the guys in my club did the one day ride, stayed in a pretty fast group. He averaged 20.1mph for the whole trip.

Not something Iím even remotely interested in.
Some of the groups we got passed by were absolutely booking it.
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That heat on Sunday was brutal. Highway 30 is NOT my favorite.
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It was a great ride - my second year. Last year was nice, cool and with clouds.
This year was hot and crossing the finish line at 11:30 AM Sunday was great - can't imagine myself on highway 30 at 2 PM....
First day I made to Centralia around 1:30 PM - then nice shower and food - and was back on road by 3:00PM and made to Kelso at 6:30PM.
Second day, I left Kelso around 7 AM and enjoyed my ride to Portland

I remember drinking and peeing a lot the whole ride and wetting the sun sleeves to get cool.
The garbanzo salad at Spanaway stop was yummy!
The Amtrak was late by 1 hour, so left Portland only around 5 PM and got home 10 PM ish. Nice cool ride though



Lewis Clark Bridge - looking west


Willamette - you can see the bridge you crossed back the river


Union Station - great I took light rail from Holladay Park
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This was my first 1-day, and it was great! I ended up solo, so just drafted as opportunities presented themselves, ended up on my own quite a bit (or as on your own as you can be on STP), especially later in the day. I averaged 18.3 moving, thanks in part to the tailwind. Should have finished around 6:00 pm, but had to kill some time as my wife and friends were late getting to the finish to cheer me in, so finished closer to 6:30. I worked pretty hard to keep my water/nuun intake at what I thought was a high level, but I still ended up being a bit dehydrated by St. Helens at mile 176. Seeing how hot it got on Sunday, I'm incredibly happy I chose to do it all on Saturday. During the worst of the heat on Sunday, I drove out to Tillamook, where it was about 75 and breezy. Felt bad for all the riders coming in later on Sunday, dealing with the 100-degree temps.
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