Road Cycling “It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle.” -- Ernest Hemingway

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What else is there?

I'm on the hunt for challenging, exciting, interesting, and enjoyable organized cycling rides or events to add to my new and improved Links page ... http://www.machka.net/links.htm

The rides I'm most interested in would be:

-- rides of a century or longer ...... and if they are around the distance of a century, there should be some added challenges (for example, I've got the Susitna on my list. It's a century ride in Alaska in February).

-- short organized tours which are fairly inexpensive yet very well run. I'm thinking of something that would take up a long weekend (for example, the Golden Triangle tour which the Elbow Valley Cycletouring Club puts on is a 3-day tour on a long weekend. It is inexpensive and extremely well run.)

-- novelty rides. Rides which take place in interesting areas, or with thousands of cyclists, or with different sorts of challenges (for example, the Cape Argus Pick 'n Pay Cycle Tour in South Africa which is only 109 kms, but attracts 35,000 riders; or maybe the Tour d'Afrique)


I would like my Links page to be a really useful reference and resource for other cyclists ..... as well as being a sort of "wish list" for me.
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100+ miles and 11K vertical

http://www.highlandercycletour.com/highlander.htm
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Both of those look good! I'm even getting to like climbing more, so they appeal to me more now than they would have a few years ago.

Any more??
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Death Valley century and double? Not a particularly challenging ride but unique location and the lowest altitude in the western hemisphere.
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It sounds macabre, but there should be a repository of descriptions of cycling accidents. Other sports routinely publish accident accounts so folks can try to learn from them.
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It sounds macabre, but there should be a repository of descriptions of cycling accidents. Other sports routinely publish accident accounts so folks can try to learn from them.
I'm after rides or events, not accidents!!
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How about the Climb to Kaiser? 13,000 feet of climbing over 155 miles. Outside Fresno, CA on the last weekend in June - see http://www.fresnocycling.com/kaiser/2007/ for this year's results.
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You can always do Ragbrai just to put it on your list. Not terribly difficult, but it can be a lot of fun. Another that is on my radar is the Balltown classic race- double century hosted by ultramidwest.com I know you did their 24 hour event a couple years ago.

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The local rides that come to mind are the Desperado Dual Century and Lotoja.
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Three rides come to mind:

1 - Ride the Rockies - 422 miles, 24,200 elevation gain
2 - America's most beautiful ride (Lake Tahoe) - One day century
3 - Hotter 'n Hell - Unique due to number of riders (13,000+) and head (although I heard a couple of Canadians melted last year).
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Everest Challenge. http://www.everestchallenge.com/

L' Etape de Tour. http://www.letapedutour.com/2008/ETD...n/us/index.htm
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HHH

Hotter N Hell.....VERY well organized and gets a HUGE turnout...not the most challenging, but it's tons of fun.
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i wanna go on these rides, too bad im not conditioned yet
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Possibly a bit far to Get to but The South Downs Way. 100 miles, 10,000ft of climbing and only 15 hours of daylight to do it in. A summary of the ride is attached- just to give an idea of the seriousness of it. Oh And it's offroad
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^ Really didn't sound very tough, until you added that offroad part.
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It sounds macabre, but there should be a repository of descriptions of cycling accidents. Other sports routinely publish accident accounts so folks can try to learn from them.
That's this forum.

Apparently, the answer is don't wear a helmet, listen to an iPod while in traffic and carry a gun, with a helmet mirror.
 
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Here are a couple.

The Grand Tour. Select the Grand Tour tab on the link. 6 rides. double, tripple and quad centruies, highland and lowland options for all. There at least used to be a volunteers ride the week after so people can both help and ride ("just" a double).

http://www.caltriplecrown.com

The California triple crown site. Several doubles in California. When this started back when dinosaurs rulled the earth there may have been only 3 organized doubles in California so it meant doing everything available. Now there are at least 11.

http://www.caltriplecrown.com

Looking at the triple crown site which consistently refers to it in the past tense and because I could not find anything current on it I'm guessing the Land Rush is no more.
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That's this forum.

Apparently, the answer is don't wear a helmet, listen to an iPod while in traffic and carry a gun, with a helmet mirror.

Can you really aim the gun with one of those mirrors though?
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Possibly a bit far to Get to
For me ... no ride is "a bit far to get to". I've travelled to the opposite side of the world (Australia) for one of my events, and to Europe three times for other events.

In fact, the more rides from countries outside North America the better!! Anyone know of any great rides in Japan? Or South America? Or Russia?

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The Seattle to Portland (STP). 9000 riders, do it in one or two days.
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For me ... no ride is "a bit far to get to". I've travelled to the opposite side of the world (Australia) for one of my events, and to Europe three times for other events.

In fact, the more rides from countries outside North America the better!! Anyone know of any great rides in Japan? Or South America? Or Russia?
you might consider lowering your carbon-footprint by doing more local rides... you know, ride your bike to the ride! =]

either way, stay safe and have fun!
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you might consider lowering your carbon-footprint by doing more local rides... you know, ride your bike to the ride! =]

either way, stay safe and have fun!
I've ridden all the paved roads within about a 100 km radius of where I live, and many of the paved roads in the rest of my province and the province to the west of me, and the two provinces to the east of me.

I ride to all the rides in my town, but cycling to local rides in the cities 150 kms from me (and yes, I consider them local) presents a bit more of a logistic and time difficulty. I do have to work, and I like to get some sleep, so cycling 150 kms to get to a 4 am start ride on a Saturday morning is a little bit unrealistic.

Besides the fact that I've ridden pretty much everything local ... I have a passion for travel. I thoroughly enjoy seeing new places and experiencing new cultures, and I personally think that is something everyone should do. After all, we're a global community.

Therefore ... I would very much like to know about rides in other countries, as well as my own (Canada).
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