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Weekend Cycling Ride Reports - August 11/12

Old 08-10-12, 01:09 PM
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Weekend Cycling Ride Reports - August 11/12

Tell us about your cycling (or other sports activities) this weekend. Where are you riding? Who are you riding with? What's it like where you ride? Got pics?




Friday - approx. 44 km along the Rhine Cycle Route in Germany. Today we were in a more populated and industrial part of the route, and it looks like we will be for another day or two. Hopefully after that, we'll be back out into mainly countryside again. The industrial aspect does provide something different to look at, but I generally prefer nature.

As for weather ... we've had 3 decent days in a row! That's got to be a record ... at least since we left Taiwan. We've had generally cool temps, cloudy days, and rain for quite some time now, through Japan and Scotland.
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I will be traveling south east out of Winnipeg here in Canada. It is nearing the harvest season, so all of the crops are as big as they'll be getting. I plan on doing a long easy ride through the infinite prairies until I get tired!
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I will be traveling south east out of Winnipeg here in Canada. It is nearing the harvest season, so all of the crops are as big as they'll be getting. I plan on doing a long easy ride through the infinite prairies until I get tired!
I used to do that when I lived in Winnipeg. How far SE are you thinking of going?
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@Machka - first of all, I would like to thank you for maintaining this thread, week after week. I always look forward to reading your posts and to sharing my rides. It is as though we are riding buddies, albeit on different hemispheres.

It is another long weekend (Queen's birthday and subsequently, Mother's Day) here in sunny and rainy Thailand. My wife and I and our two sons, 4 and 8, are in Hotel De La Paix in Cha-Am, Thailand. I will try to post pics later.

My goal is to match my riding total last weekend = 200 km.

Today, I rode from Cha-Am to Prachuabkiran and back - 85 km - in 3 hours to be back in time for the brunch at the hotel. The ride was quite nice since it was along the coastal road that was lined with trees and had the Hua Hin hills on one side and the beach in the distance on the other side. Every now and then I could catch a glimpse of the white sandy beaches with the foamy waves.

Weather was cool and sunny at 79 F 50 %R/H when I left for my ride at 7 am and was respectably warm at 85 F 60%R/H when I got back. And yes, I have been acclimated so the 60% Relative Humidity is now quite okay. To stay hydrated, I drank 2.5 L of my 50:50 mix of sports drink and Nuun/water. Since I left without eating breakfast, I had a Honey Stinger wafer and some dates and dried figs at the end of hour 2 - I don't like gels.

Cheers.

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Old 08-10-12, 11:10 PM
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Today I rode with my dad. I love riding with him. We push each other just the right amount and have time to catch up on life things when we slow down for some sections of our trail. We rode what's called the Legacy Trail. It is about ten miles if you add a short detour and it goes from the KY Horse Park to downtown Lexington, KY. Then you have to ride back for another 10. It is a pretty popular bike trail but this morning it was calling for rain. I did a check of the radar and saw that we had about 2 hours before it hit the trail so we decided to go ahead and ride. When we got to the parking lot we were the only takers on that side of the trail so it was a pretty quiet ride. We only saw one other biker while we were out. It was a great time. I look forward to the weekend every week to get this ride in with my dad. I wont ride tomorrow but ill get in another 30 miles or so Sunday. That will be solo though...
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Got a trip to planned with 2 friends should be about 70 miles. We are riding from Stockton to Elk Grove, CA.
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Sunday morning ride from Cha-Am to Petchburi city and back - 70 km in 2 hr 30 min.

It felt cool at 78F when I left for my ride at 630 am but was quite warm at 88F with the humidity creeping up to 60% R/H.

The ride was quite nice along a bike path for the entire route though there were some cow pies, snake road kills, and gravel in some area. It seems that Petchburi is trying to promote itself as a bike-friendly province and the route does have a nice view of sea marshes, rice fields, shrimp farms, and general agricultural works. The Petchburi hills are in the background opposite the beach, which is not visible though.

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I did 66.4 miles with my touring bike from palo alto to union city and back.
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Friday - I rode a new route from 1st and Sheridan to Bowles and Sims. On the return route I rode up to Bear Creek Lake by means of the Fox hollow golf course route. All in all it was hot (95ish) but a good ride on some new streets. The ride totaled just over 28 miles and had about 850ft of climbing (a new high for me at the time).

Saturday - Today I did a 33 mile ride from home to Lookout Mtn. One the way I passed the Coors Brewing complex, I never realized just how big it was till today. I also stopped by the Colorado School of Mines, in hopes of meeting up with my younger brother and going for lunch (sadly he wasn't around). I then got up to the base of Lookout Mtn and was gonna turn around but then I though I came all the way here I ought to give it a try. As it turns out I managed to climb about a 40% of the mountain but then had to turn around due to time contraints. This ride had a few personal bests; my first cat 3 climb, and most ft climbed totaling at 1335ft.
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41 miles yesterday. Hopefully another 40-50 today.
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55 miles with the Austin Cycling Association yesterday. I rarely do group rides but this was the distance I was looking for and it started not far from my house. By all accounts, it was a large group for an ACA ride...about 30 of us, including a group of 5 ladies on tri bikes from Dallas down for the weekend. I made the mistake of going with the faster group but couldn't keep up by the time we reached the half-way point. After the rest stop, I left with them again as I didn't want to wait for the slower group and quickly dropped off the back and rode home solo, really suffering in the last 2-3 miles. It pretty much took me the whole day to recover, including a 2 hour nap.
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40 miles rolling hills today so 95 for wekend
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42 miles in the rain today!
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Well, Saturday was a longer ride day. Climbed out of the valley via a local mountain pass, pulled about another 40 miles in the neighboring valley and then back over the mountain for a total of a bit over 75 miles. Had about 4000 miles of climbing. Then my "recovery" ride this morning wound up being 46 miles with about another 1000 ft of climbing. Capped over the biking day by picking up a sweet 2009 Scott CRI Pro for use on flatter courses. Will give it a shakeout ride tomorrow to see what it can do with my humble legs powering it.
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67.4 miles today with a friend. Palo alto to San Mateo then down to mountainview and back.
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Saturday-35 miles along Shades Mountain just south of Birmingham. Most of the ride is right on the cliff providing a great view.
Sunday-did an all out 22 miler with around 1500 feet of climbing. It was low humidity and low to mid 80's both day. It is amazing how much fresher I feel with this compared to 100 heat index.
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Saturday, I did a 200k brevet. This is the riding group:

There were actually two other guys ahead of us that are not in the picture.

We started at 5:30 to beat the heat, and that worked pretty well. The two guys to the left here are the ones that were riding ahead.


Charlie was riding with us for the first time in a good while. He had a crash back in the spring, broke a couple of ribs and did some other damage. On the ride today, we were on the same route he crashed on, and Vickie said, "Charlie, show us where it happened." So Charlie was pointing out the spot. As we rode by there, somebody asked "Where did the helicopter land?" and a voice from a front yard said "Right here!" So we had to stop and talk to the people there. The lady was an EMT, and it was her sister-in-law that lived down the road that actually saw Charlie crash.


While we were stopped there, a little friend came to visit:

When we started moving, he moved to the trunk bag and rode another 6 or 8 miles with us.

This afternoon, I rode down to Balch Springs just for something different. It's just another Dallas-area suburb, a lot like Garland, where I live.


I saw this fellow ahead of me, and looked like he was getting red in the face, so I dropped that sucker, and he just melted.
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I fell... lol. First day with the clipless pedals I fell at a red light... it was sad because ut wasn't starting or stopping that got me, it was turning and stretching my back. I started to lose my balance a little and went to put my right foot down. That didn't turn out as planned being that my foot was connected to my bike... lol. At least I got it out of the way now.
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Back-to-back hilly 200 km randonees this weekend with two other riders in Alberta's beautiful Banff and Jasper National Parks.

On Saturday, the ride started in Banff, Alberta and went into Yoho National Park up to Takakka Falls and back via Lake Louise, finishing up with a climb up Mt. Norquay. Total climbing was 2307 meters (7569 ft), total time in the saddle was 7:32, total time for the ride was 9:18.


Sunday we started in Jasper and immediately climbed up to the Marmot Basin Ski Chalet (700 meters vertical over 14 km). We intended to next climb Mt. Edith Cavell, but the road was closed due to landslides. Instead, we did a much more modest climb up to Pyramid Lake, then the long, gradual climb to Maligne Lake (700 meters over 44 km) and back to town. Total climbing was 2306 meters (7565 ft), total time in the saddle was 8:01, total time for the ride was 9:30.


Perfect weather for both rides.
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Originally Posted by Machka View Post
I used to do that when I lived in Winnipeg. How far SE are you thinking of going?
Oh cool! Small world. I went as far south east as Landmark, then went north to Lorette and then back in the city. Total of 70 km. This weekend I would like to extend my circuit to include Bluemnot and Ste. Anne, and possibly Steinbach if I feel extra adventurous.

I am just discovering the decent road rides around here, do you have any suggestions from your time living in the 'Peg?
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Oh cool! Small world. I went as far south east as Landmark, then went north to Lorette and then back in the city. Total of 70 km. This weekend I would like to extend my circuit to include Bluemnot and Ste. Anne, and possibly Steinbach if I feel extra adventurous.

I am just discovering the decent road rides around here, do you have any suggestions from your time living in the 'Peg?
I often cycled westward out toward Portage La Prairie on the backroad ... from where I lived to Portage and back was 100 miles. And I liked heading north as well, up around the Birds Hill area ... just outside Birds Hill (south and east of Birds Hill, if I recall correctly) there are a few little hills to practice some hill climbing on. And there is some nice riding around the Lockport area.
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Originally Posted by groovestew View Post
Back-to-back hilly 200 km randonees this weekend with two other riders in Alberta's beautiful Banff and Jasper National Parks.

On Saturday, the ride started in Banff, Alberta and went into Yoho National Park up to Takakka Falls and back via Lake Louise, finishing up with a climb up Mt. Norquay. Total climbing was 2307 meters (7569 ft), total time in the saddle was 7:32, total time for the ride was 9:18.


Sunday we started in Jasper and immediately climbed up to the Marmot Basin Ski Chalet (700 meters vertical over 14 km). We intended to next climb Mt. Edith Cavell, but the road was closed due to landslides. Instead, we did a much more modest climb up to Pyramid Lake, then the long, gradual climb to Maligne Lake (700 meters over 44 km) and back to town. Total climbing was 2306 meters (7565 ft), total time in the saddle was 8:01, total time for the ride was 9:30.


Perfect weather for both rides.
Beautiful!
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And we were cycling over last weekend along the Rhine Route in Germany ...

Saturday - 53.95 km
Sunday - 17.91 km

https://www.machka.net/RTW_2012/RTW_Europe_Main_2012.htm
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