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Weekend Cycling Ride Reports - June 29/30 and July 1

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Weekend Cycling Ride Reports - June 29/30 and July 1

Old 06-29-13, 02:22 AM
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Weekend Cycling Ride Reports - June 29/30 and July 1

Tell us about your cycling adventures this weekend. Where did you ride? Who did you ride with? Got photos?

Since this is the Canada Day long weekend, are any of the Canadian riders here getting out for a long weekend of cycling?

Saturday - Rowan and I got out for a 28.1 km local ride on what turned out to be a lovely afternoon. The day started quite chilly, damp, and foggy, but the afternoon warmed up to about 13C and was sunny.

Both photos taken just a little while ago of the same route we rode today.

Click photos for more of this part of the world.

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Great pics, so far rode 23 ill miles so slow a baby in a stroller passed me. Tomorrow another 20+, weather permitting, been having horrendous thunderstorms here in eastern Pa. USA Levittown/Langhorne area.
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2 miles today. 1 mile on a Spesh Sectur and 1 mile on a Rubaix. The Rubaix is now in the living room!!!!!!!!!!!

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17 mile loop with a few laps around the nearby forest preserve. Could've done more but I have yet to find the motivation to do longer rides without someone else to ride with. On the way back home I had near miss with a Buick when their right mirror came within two inches of my handlebar.

The Strava bug is definitely starting to infect me though because I want to go back now to beat my best lap around the preserve...
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Did a 42 mile ride today with my wife. First ride on my new Orbea Onix after building it up on Friday. Worked flawlessly. Longest ride of the year for us and it wasn't easy. I was so amped up to see how the Orbea climbed, I burned up all my energy so the flats were brutal. Thankfully my wife has some gas left in her tank and I grabbed a free ride back.
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Rode 14 miles today out to Eastern Mountain Sports and back.
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35 miles today, pushed myself hard and felt strong! A great Ride!!

Tomorrow, I am going to do an easy 25.....with the wife.
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Sunday - Rowan and I loaded the bicycles into the van and drove to a neighbouring town to ride the local rail trail from there. The trail is gravel, so we had to use our touring bicycles.

After the morning fog, the afternoon brightened up and reached a high of 16C. The trail is a little vague in that town so it took us some back and forth to find our way out, but once we got going, the trail was quite nice. It's very scenic out that way.

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Saturday - 106 km in 3 hr 55 min at my usual training loop at Souvarnabhumi airport. Got a parking ticket when I got back - went to the local police station to pay the fine and go the mobile phone number of the police commissioner of the station and was told I will have to contact the Airports Authority of Thailand - Suvarnabhumi Airport to ask about the change in policy to not allow side street parking - will ask him/her to reconsider the policy to bicyclist can park and ride - then, will get the name and number of the governor of Samutprakarm province where the airport is located to invite him to ride with us - then, will contact the local parliament member as well. Sorry to make this posting about a civics lesson.

Sunday - could not ride because I had to take my son to his friend's birthday party. So, I mowed the lawn instead.

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weather has been screwy but I did a hard 25mi thursday then a bit easier 36mi saturday in the wind with a friend who is working himself back up.
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There's a storm front hanging over FL for the next several days (and this past weekend), which makes cycling tricky. Saturday I got in about 25 miles when the rain found me. I was going to continue to ride since I was already soaked, but the streets where turning into rivers and my brakes stopped working. Went home early for 30 miles total. Sunday went out on a longer 50+ ride. The clouds were smaller and moving fast. I didn't get rained on but the ride was a patch work of wet and dry areas. My bike and I still managed to get very wet and dirty. I'd like to go tonight after work. However, based on the weather report it is doubtful.

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after 2 days of watching the Tour on TV I was finally motivated to fill the tires and ride again. It had been way too long so I paid the price. I think I need to put the short stem back on.
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62 miles on Sunday, 2600'. Got in a couple intervals, 48 minutes of lactate threshold, 16 minutes anaerobic. Hot, too, over 90°, so got in some heat training. An out and back, a shallow climb to a pass, so a fun day on the tandem. Climbed in tree shade, descended in full sun, so one arm and leg is darker than the other. A good day to have bright blinkies on.

On the way up to Barlow Pass

And on the way back down.
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Did my first "road race" ever : https://app.strava.com/activities/63822471 , I did ok, finishing 18 minutes behind the first. It was more like a bike event than a real race, but it was great!
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Friday, initially went out for what was to be a 40 miler amidst the flats of the NJ pine barrens. My Iphone/computer popped out of the bar mount at 8.8miles but I didn't realize in until mile 12. I spent the next 20 or so miles searching for it. I found it just as a municipal worker was about to run over it with his mower. It was frustrating but I still ended up getting my miles in, albeit a bit slower that I would have liked.

Sunday- 20 miles on the same road as Friday's ride. I went with the wife and she crushed it. She just started riding and was on her 10 year old very heavy mountain bike. And she was just in her gym shoes with no clips of any kind. I just switched her over to road slicks which she loved and she averaged 17mph over the 20. Tons of natural ability. She's gonna dust me once I get her a road bike.....In my defense, I am 13 years older than her
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Celebrated Canada by hitting the road at 5:00 am and did 80 km. Cooler than I was expecting, but no big deal. Spend the day at the in-laws, and off to see fireworks tonight with the kids.
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