Tour de Dr. Pepper

Old 06-04-10, 05:34 PM
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Tour de Dr. Pepper

The Dr. Pepper tour is next weekend in Dublin. My wife is running in the 10k, I'm going to ride one of the routes. I want to ride the metric century, my wife says to ride the 34miler. I bought my bike about a month and a half ago. I typically ride 12-15 miles per day during the week and 20-25 miles per day on the weekend. Rides average about 14.5-15mph (I know, pretty slow).

What do y'all think, can I do the metric?
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Old 06-04-10, 07:12 PM
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Of course you can. Go at your own pace, enjoy the rest stops, and come back and tell us about your ride.
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Old 06-05-10, 05:45 PM
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While you should be able to complete the mileage (especially if you take RayM's advice, refueling at all the rest stops and riding at your pace), you need to take some other things into consideration. Based on the info you provided, you are essentially tripling your longest ride and its probably going to take you 5 hours minimum. Right now, your body's used to 90 minutes. Your legs will likely cramp up, your butt is going to be in serious pain and your back will probably be pretty sore. In short, it's going to suck. But hey, think of it as an adventure, you'll get through it.

BTW, your wife knows all this and that you will be miserable for days afterward and is trying to avoid that. After all, she'll be the one having to put up with your belly-aching.
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If you compare the route maps, they're the same route for about the first half of the 34-miler. So you can ride out to that point and then decide which way to go. On these charity rides, they normally ask which route you're doing, but nobody cares if you switch, either. You might want to check just to make sure you don't mess up their "race" results. I suppose registering for the shorter route and riding the longer would avoid that issue.

The speed and distance that you're riding now are about what I was riding when I did my first 100k ride, and I would guess that you can do the 100k okay. If the route turns out to be hillier than what you're used to or expecting, or if it's super hot that day, you might want to reconsider.

One thing to watch is how long the course is open. I note under the FAQ, they say that courses are open until 3:00 PM, which is pretty generous. So if you care to take the time to do a 100k, you're allowed it. And I would figure around 5 hours, depending on how long you spend at rest stops. Leg cramping depends on how well you hydrate and stuff, and may or may not be an issue. (Possibly take your own electrolytes or drink mix or whatever.) Butt comfort varies, but if you're still comfortable after 20-25 miles, I wouldn't expect problems.

I also see they have this set up as a semi-race. On the one or two rides I have done that were set up this way, maybe 10% of the people there were actually racing, the rest were just out for a ride, so don't feel obligated to go faster than your preferred pace.
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Old 06-08-10, 09:47 AM
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Old 06-13-10, 09:13 PM
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Well I rode the 34miler yesterday, didn't finish in the top three (or the bottom three ). I took the advice of StephenH to make a decision at the splitting up point of the two courses. I started strong and finished strong, in a sprint with 3 other riders.

The course was rather hilly throughout (1235' of climbing) with strong head winds (25mph according to the race director) for the first half of the race. I live in West Texas, Lubbock, so I'm use to the wind and wasn't worried about that. However, the hills kicked my butt. Riding in West Texas doesn't allow for much hill training, go figure.

I'm glad I didn't commet to the metric century and regreted the ride. Now, I have to find somewhere to train on hills and figure out how to ride them, right gears to use when to use them etc...

My wife finished 4th for her age group in the 10K, our 4 kids had all the free Dr. Pepper they could swallow and I got my race cherry popped; what a great weekend.
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Old 06-18-10, 09:21 PM
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The Tour de Pepper site was updated today, I finished 44th out of 193 riders. Not sure if thats significant, but reasuring knowing I didn't finish 193rd.
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