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Weekend Ride Reports August 13/14

Old 08-14-11, 07:27 PM
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Weekend Ride Reports August 13/14

Tell us about your rides this weekend! Races? Tours? Casual rides around the neighbourhood? Got pics?(Thread borrowed from Machka, I don't see that she started one this week, so I shall jump in!)

It's been hot for ages here in North Texas, but it actually rained Saturday morning. There were a couple of local bike rallies happening, some local club rides, etc. However, I had scheduled a 100k randonneuring ride with another of the local riders, and we did that ride. Had a great time, as it was the coolest it's been in a month. It rained on us the first half of the ride, pretty well quit on the return leg. We got up the country a ways and saw one of the other rando riders on one of the charity rides, where our routes overlapped for a couple of miles, so that was pretty cool!

I got out today planning to make a run down to White Rock Lake, but wasn't feeling so well, and turned around about 6 miles out.

So how did your weekend riding go?
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65 mi/6500' in North San Diego County. Our group went from 18 at the start to 12 at the end. Perfect weather; mid to high 70s and light winds. We did a new route that was mostly road, a little dirt, a few private roads through avocado groves and spectacular views. Saw one other cyclist and on one 20 mile stretch, only one car.
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Did my first century on Friday (solo)

Took six hours and twenty minutes.
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Cycled out of Denali Park from Wonder Lake to Park entrance, about 85 miles.


Start of Ride with a clear day.


Caribou along the way


Denali aka Mt. McKinley in full splendor


We climbed 3 passes the first day with wonderful views & still climbs especially with our camping load.


Brown Bear grazing along the road. My wife was yelling "Go Go Go"


More Views


Don't Look Down


Ride the Edge


Second Day with Rain and Muddy Roads

I'd recommend this trip highly. Be prepared for difficult climbs, good camping sites but 50 miles in, & wonderful wildlife including Moose, Brown Bear, Caribou, Lynx (we just missed seeing one dart across the road), and limited traffic. Only buses are allowed to travel the full length of the road. You need to make reservations for the camp sites and the shuttle bus for your bikes (only 2 are allowed).

Another good weekend in the Arctic.
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50 miles Sat, 40 miles today
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Back in late June I participated in the Alberta Ride to Conquer Cancer. It's a two-day, 200+ kms (140+ mi) road ride through the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. On day one, the weather was warm and beautiful and it was the first time I'd ever ridden that long (about 108 kms, which I completed in 5 hours). Day two wasn't so nice...cold, very windy and rainy and although I was equipped with a rain jacket, my hands and feet were soaked and freezing so I pulled the plug at the first pit stop at km 26. The day improved and I ended up picking up my bike and finishing the last leg of the ride. I wasn't very proud of quitting though and I vowed I'd go back and finish what I started.

So, on Saturday, equipped with my new-to-me Ridley Crossbow (which I got for a steal), I headed down south of Calgary to do just that. It was hot here this weekend (for Calgary, that means 28C/82F) but the winds were calm which is a rarity for that part of the country-side. Completed just under 40kms in less than 1hr:30min with an average speed of 27.7kms/hr. You can see the details on my Garmin Connect page here.

Didn't take any pics...which I had though...the country-side there is simple yet pretty.
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Thanks Stephen ... Rowan and I are on holiday in Canada just now with occasional internet access. We've been visiting family and friends, taking in the gorgeous Canadian scenery in BC and Alberta, and have been out cycling three times since we got here, with plans for lots more before we go back to Australia.

So last weekend, we cycled on both Saturday and Sunday in the Lower Mainland area of BC. Beautiful area! I'll post pics when we get home again. Sunday's ride was with my father which made it even better. Good to be riding with him again.
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48 miles with "my girls" this morning, on a modified version of a popular ride called The Dam Loop. "My girls" are the two 22 y.o. UT students (one is the daughter of some friends) I mentored last year when they first started riding to do triathlons. They got too fast and we stopped riding together, but they both have become roadies and love it. The daughter of our friends has joined a local club and is riding 150 - 200 miles per week! So today was a recovery ride pace for her and I still couldn't hold her wheel!

We were wheels rolling at 7:30 and finished just after 10:30. About 3,000' of climbing and a lot of other riders out on the road.
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