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Old 07-15-11, 04:00 PM
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Shenandoah Bike Festival

Anyone else doing this? I found out about it from a friend, and we have signed up for the 50-miler. Looks like an interesting route, with some significant hills around the 35 mile mark.

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I've done it the last two years (century route). Might do it again if the schedule works out. Very nice ride. There's a beautiful long 10 mile 2% downgrade where you can fly like the wind

The last bit back to down can be unpleasant if there's a head wind (like the last two years!) and the rollers are a bit steep, but nothing unusual -- if you're used to steep rollers.

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Thanks for the response. I grew up in that area, a LONG time ago, and remember some of those hills. I ran CC in HS, and we used to have to run up the hills around Eastern Mennonite College (now University) as part of the regular course there. Those hills keep flashing through my mind, making me wonder why I signed up for this.

We just don't have hills that will hurt you -- we have rollers, but they are pretty tame.

Good luck to you, if you decide to attend!
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Old 07-29-11, 02:20 PM
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Heading up to Harrisonburg in just a few minutes. First real "group" ride tomorrow -- hoping I don't cause a scene.
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good ride today. Beat the rain, thank goodness, and the sun stayed behind the clouds for much of the morning. There were about 300 riders for all distances, and about 120 or so in our 50-mile ride.

No crashes (that I know of), which was one of my concerns.

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Glad you had a good ride. The weather cooperated this year. It was hot, but not incredibly humid. I got sprinkled on a few times, but never got seriously soaked.

I've done years where the last stretch on Mountain Valley Rd. was all headwind. Had a decent tailwind this year.

As usual, the course wasn't quite 100 miles, so I ended up circling the streets at the end to make sure I got 100.01 miles

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Old 07-31-11, 07:24 AM
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Congrats to you on your century! I did not see that route before the ride, and was wondering how they would map it out. It looks like you picked up the same route we rode near Singers Glen. We got rained on as we headed home, and I thought about you guys out there riding still. It was storming pretty hard around Lexington.

That hill you had around 50 miles looks pretty gnarly. That would have been the end of me, I think. The one running up to the rest area at Oakwood was pretty rough, and it looks like an anthill by comparison.

My family (parents, sister, wife) came out to see the finish. I had never done an organized ride, so they were as curious as I was. The big question they left with was "how long does it take to ride 100 miles?" They saw a couple of people come in and just collapse/topple over after 50 miles +/- 4 hours. The idea of doubling that was beyond their comprehension.
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Congrats to both of you! I would have liked to participate in this event but, I rode the Roan Moan event this weekend (great event when it doesn't rain). But I'm planning to being in VA this coming weekend for the Mountain Mama out of Monterey (metric). Hope to see you'll there.
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Oooh, sorry I'll miss you at Mountain Mama this year, Neal. I'll be out of town doing a week-long ride in Idaho. I've done MM the last two years. It's a good hard ride. In some ways I found it harder than Mountains of Misery.

Have you done MM before? It's a complete contrast to the SBF ride on Saturday which was just constant up and down moderate rollers. MM has 6 or 7 long grinding true climbs.

Maybe you'll be able to make it a bit farther north to the Civil War Century?
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Sorry I will miss you at the MM event Jim. I'm looking forward to it and have not ridden it before. I am tentatively planning on the metric. The decision doesn't have to be made until mile 54 but its highly unlikely I will opt for the full century. Those full mountain centuries just drain me and, I tend to cramp late in the routes - especially in hot weather.

I will also be in Thurmont bright and early on 10th of next month. BikeWNC is also riding and we will keep an eye out for you. As usual, this event has a full house.
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Oh just go for it. What could it hurt?

Here's the data from last year's MM ride:

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Old 08-02-11, 06:09 PM
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Whew!! Tough profile Jim. I will see how I feel at the 54 mile decision point, but it will most likely be the metric. The latter part of that century route just looks brutal.
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If anyone is interested, here is some video from the opening miles of this year's ride. It really is a pretty area in which to have a ride.

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It's time for this one again. Thinking I might do the Century this year, instead of the half.

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Anyone else signing up?
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BTTT for roll call. Nobody else attending?

I did sign up for the Century (7 AM start). Hoping that was a good decision ...
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I may do it. Probably won't decide until the night before. I have Mountain Mamas coming up and I need to do some more hill riding. The SBF is a very nice ride, but it's not mega hilly. Lots of rollers but no big long climbs.

I've done it three times though, and always enjoyed it, so I'll more than likely be coming.
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I'll look for you there. I studied your map from last year's ride (posted above) a LONG time before deciding if I could handle the 100 miles. I need rollers rather than mountains ... at least for now.
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I'm leaning towards going now. If I show, I'll be wearing the bike forums "50+" jersey. Look me up!
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I wish I had seen your post prior to the ride. I did see you and the 50+ jersey.

Those hills ... just about killed me. I finished, but did not finish strong at all. Had a good group of personalities I was riding with which made the hours in the saddle fun. The last hour was less fun. Ha!
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Wow, this one kicked my butt. I have only been riding for 3 weeks or so after being off the bike for 2 months because of abdominal surgery and complications.

I enjoyed the ride, but I was seriously fried at the end. There was just one "roller" too many on the home stretch. Except for a couple of short flat sections I wasn't drafting at all. The fast group left me in the dust right from the start. I yo-yoed back and forth with another group of friendly folks, but didn't really ride with them much. We all managed to hit the rest stop at the same time though for some reason

I was planning to do some riding on Skyline Drive on Sunday, but I could barely walk when I got up the next morning, so I just drove on home.

Looks like I'll be doing the "short" route on Mountain Mamas next weekend...
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Enjoy the MM Jim. I hate missing it this year, but must attend a family reunion this weekend. I rode the metric route last year and it was superb. Its not difficult like the century and in some ways its more scenic. The 15 or 20 mile trek through Blue Grass valley in particular is beautiful. And the metric route is about 70 miles if I remember correctly.
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Good info, Neal. That will make it a little less embarrassing to skip the century. I can say I did it for the better scenery
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