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Tex_Arcana 03-30-09 05:46 PM

Katy Ram Challenge
 
I'm thinking really hard about this one. Katy Ram Challenge

It would be my first such event. It's close enough to ride my bike to. ( from Sharpstown which is a real stretch as well ). This will be following my last day of employment with my current employer in which I'll be getting off at 10 p.m. getting home 20 minutes later walk the dog Get prepped for the next day, wake up early say 4:00 am, quick breakfast .....Uh, this doesn't sound too fun any more :twitchy:

StephenH 03-30-09 07:04 PM

So just drive over and ride it. Which is what 99.9% of the other people do.

I like these kinds of rides- don't know about this specific one. I'm doing the "Tour Dallas" this Saturday. They're great if you have the proper expectations. If you expect racing or 100% serious knowledgeable riders, you may be disappointed. If you go to ride and have fun, they're good.

I have ridden to a ride like that, but just rode less on the ride than I would have otherwise. It worked okay. I got there an hour early (ride started at 9:00, which helped), and when I got done with the ride, I sat around a half-hour or so before I started back. That was a 10 mile ride to the ride. I'm figuring to try that with one about 13 miles off this year. If you have to get up at 4:00 to do it, that kind of loses attractiveness. You'd need lights, possibly warmer clothing. Also, if it's coolish, you could get there and be all sweaty and then sit around for an hour, and that's not as much fun.

czexanbmxn 03-30-09 08:11 PM

Either way, I'd say do it. Sharpstown to Katy is a pretty good haul, looking like about 20 miles each way, which isn't bad if you do one of the shorter routes. Or if you're into the distance thing, do the 76 and end up with close to a 200k...

It's a nice ride, I think I've ridden it 3 times now. Good roads, flat route, can't go wrong. I'll be coming from out of town to ride it this year, so I don't have the ride to-and-from option. I was thinking about adding 24 miles at the end to make it a century.

-Chase

Tex_Arcana 03-31-09 06:01 AM

I be sans car so driving out there isn't an option. I have been thinking hard about doing the rondo thing for a while and this would give me a sense of whether or not I really want to do that. Most I've ridden was 50 miles and that was on an IronHorse Urban comfort bike. Now I got a single speed road bike. Was thinking about taking it out for a spin down Terry Hersheys MUP this morning since I have the day off but coming back from walking the dog I felt droplets falling from the sky.

That's the way it's been lately. Work and it's a beautiful day. Have day off and it threatens to thunder storm. The really odd thing is I'll take off in the rain to go to work, but don't really relish the idea of doing my recreational rides in the rain. Especially if I think the rain will be cold.

tx_what_it_do 04-01-09 12:33 AM

jesus christ you're going to ride from sharpstown to katy mills mall?!?! THEN you're going to do the katy ram challenge?

iunno. i work there and i live in alief off hwy6 and bellaire and driving there takes 20 minutes. so from 59 to katy is insane. i can't even think of a decent route... richmond bike lane to hwy6, richmond to westheimer, westheimer to westheimer parkway? anyway you're a trooper.

say hi to me if you go. chances are i'm working that day.

Tex_Arcana 04-01-09 08:40 AM

Ummm I was thinking more like from Gessener down Town Park Drive to Ranchester/Briar Park to Briarforest to Highway 6 then follow the bike path around Barker Dam then Kingsland Blvd would take me most of the way in until Grand Parkway.

tx_what_it_do 04-01-09 04:40 PM

have fun with that

Tex_Arcana 04-02-09 10:27 AM

So when are you starting your bicycle commute? Anyway if I make it in time I guess you'll be one of the folks signing me in (I'm not going to preregister).

H-Bear 04-02-09 02:13 PM


Originally Posted by Tex_Arcana (Post 8642590)
Ummm I was thinking more like from Gessener down Town Park Drive to Ranchester/Briar Park to Briarforest to Highway 6 then follow the bike path around Barker Dam then Kingsland Blvd would take me most of the way in until Grand Parkway.

That's about a 25-mile ride, so... Be safe and have fun.

txags92 04-02-09 03:00 PM


That's about a 25-mile ride
One way...

I would have to REALLY want to ride in Katy to ride a 50 mile round trip to get there and back.

H-Bear 04-02-09 05:49 PM


Originally Posted by txags92 (Post 8653427)
One way...

I would have to REALLY want to ride in Katy to ride a 50 mile round trip to get there and back.

Yes, 25 each way and 50 round trip. FYI - I'm a native Houstonian, so just assumed that was a given.

Personally, I would rather wake up a little later, drive to KMM, and ride 80-miles in a somewhat controlled environment. Just getting out of Sharpstown can be a nightmare, especially in the wee hours of the morning, and then dealing with bad roads, lights, and such.

But again, that's just me...

edit: I missed the part where you don't have a car. Rather than ride out to KMM, you could ride to Hershey (sp?) and do a few loops.

Tex_Arcana 04-02-09 09:43 PM


Originally Posted by H-Bear (Post 8654416)
Yes, 25 each way and 50 round trip. FYI - I'm a native Houstonian, so just assumed that was a given.

Personally, I would rather wake up a little later, drive to KMM, and ride 80-miles in a somewhat controlled environment. Just getting out of Sharpstown can be a nightmare, especially in the wee hours of the morning, and then dealing with bad roads, lights, and such.

But again, that's just me...

edit: I missed the part where you don't have a car. Rather than ride out to KMM, you could ride to Hershey (sp?) and do a few loops.

Pretty much done that a few times. My 50 mile ride on my 50th birthday was from my house to where Terry Hershey starts at Beltway 8 then on to where George Bush Park MUP ends at Fry Road and back plus a victory lap near my house to get thet little bit over 50 miles. The bad part of that day was when my left crank fell off kept having to stop and tighten it down. The good part was I got to meet CPBlue. The roads aren't that bad really, just about have bike lanes all the way to Katy.

Tex_Arcana 04-08-09 07:58 PM

Anyone know the area around Katy Mills Mall? Have any recommendations about where to pick up a little light breakfast after I ride there and register that will be open around 6-7:00 am?

By the way, mapped out my route on Bikely. Looks like it'll be 23 miles to get there and come back. I plan to do the 62 mile ride.

jefferdy1 04-08-09 08:49 PM


Originally Posted by Tex_Arcana (Post 8694857)
Anyone know the area around Katy Mills Mall? Have any recommendations about where to pick up a little light breakfast after I ride there and register that will be open around 6-7:00 am?

By the way, mapped out my route on Bikely. Looks like it'll be 23 miles to get there and come back. I plan to do the 62 mile ride.

Right at the feeder of I-10 in front of Katy Mills is a Starbucks and Denny's I think. In the Wal-Mart is a McDonalds, by Toys-R-Us is Long John Silver and KFC or the likes. Not sure which way your route takes you but if you are going down Westheimer Parkway then you will pass a Sonic and Chick-Fil-A just after Grand Parkway.

I haven't registered for the ride but I am thinking about doing the 35 mile ride. My longest ride this year is 27 miles since getting back into riding about 4 - 6 weeks ago. I probably do around 50 - 75 miles a week so I know I can do more.

Jeff

Tex_Arcana 04-08-09 09:31 PM

Uhhh, No Starbucks! I like GOOD coffee, black, no sugar. :lol: A chance to sit at Denny's drink some coffee and O.J. and a little something to eat before the ride sounds good though.

I did call up Sun and Ski at Katy Mills and the guy in the bike department said it's okay to sign up that morning. I didn't sign up in advance either. The forecast looks okay. Temps in the upper 70's and only 20% chance of rain (according to my little desktop weather widget).

Maybe some of us can meet at Denny's before the ride, or we can look out for other BFers. I'm planning on wearing red and white Piney Flats jersey. I'll be riding a dark grey single speed road bike with a Brooks B-17 Imperial saddle (I took all the stickers off but it's an SE Draft. I had Performance Bikes mechanic look it over today ).

czexanbmxn 04-09-09 11:26 PM

Plans changed, so I won't be riding this one this year. Y'all have fun!

H-Bear 04-10-09 08:13 AM


Originally Posted by czexanbmxn (Post 8702939)
Plans changed, so I won't be riding this one this year. Y'all have fun!

Same here. Didn't realize our team was riding on Saturday and we need some bonding time.

:D

Tex_Arcana 04-11-09 03:33 AM

Up at 4 am. Feeling good. I'm going for it. Got my camera. See y'all there.

Tex_Arcana 04-12-09 08:02 AM

Ride report: I did it. :)

http://i44.tinypic.com/2ym7u2w.jpg
8 am start.
http://i43.tinypic.com/2luax6d.jpg
Checking the map. Doh! Not to scale!
http://i42.tinypic.com/2qd8i74.jpg
That's me rockin' my single speed at the rest stop just beyond half way point.
http://i40.tinypic.com/23s7z8.jpg
Must be spring time in Texas.
http://i40.tinypic.com/eb8004.jpg
Climb? We don't fear no stinking climbs?


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