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Discussion in 'Sports' started by Zodiac, Jul 10, 2006.
This happened on a road I normally commute on. Watch for doors.
Bicyclists on phones are bad enough, but it's the scooter riders on phones here that really get me.
Since I ride at night and it has been epically cold the last month or so here in Los Angeles I haven't ridden in almost 2 months. Not even the rollers (which I rather despise.)
Decided to gofor a spin last night and it was windy in every directino I headed. Even downhill. My throat was burning the entire time. Only managed 22 odd miles... But it's a start.
It's warming up a little so I might start riding more.
Dood. You have NO bidness saying 'epically cold' and 'LA' in the same post.
*I* have no bidness saying 'epically cold' either for that matter. Not when there's AK inmates, IA inmates, and other people that actually DO live where its 'epically cold.'
I'm fixin to go do the Mt Weather loop. 3.5hrs of rolling hills with a fairly decent sized hill (I refuse to call it a mtn after living in CO and Sandy Eggo) in the middle. You may have heard of Mt Weather as the site for Congress' bunker. I'm not taking pics or stopping 'cause the security guards get awful jumpy when you do.
It may get to the mid-40s today. Mostly cloudy. ...so screw it! I'm dressing in a layer or two of wool and calling it good.
*this is intended to be good-natured ribbing. Don't read anything else into it
Tomorrow: Strada Bianche
Looks like fun!
Paris-Nice, this weekend, too.
No "good" TV at the hotel.
Guess I'll have to just wait out my cold.
The Marriott, Residence Inn wifi is so lame I can't stream MotoGP except while sitting at the desk. And even then it stops and starts. This has been the case for all of this brand of hotel I've stayed in here, Everett and in Wichita. I plan to avoid these in the future. A week from now, I'll be moving back to the Hilton. Much better wifi.
Geez! Sounds rough, compared to the Corporate Lodging options I used to stay in.
I doubt its on teevee anyhow. www.cyclingfans.com is where you wanna go.
I was off 25min. We got back in 3:55 not 3.30. Oh well. I need to beat some sense in the guy I keep riding with. Things like 'you wait at the top of the hill for your riding buddy.' We got to the top of the first uphill on Mt Weather, I waited for him, then towards the top he put in a dig and kept going! Gee thanks! You've just demonstrated how to eff over your riding buddy in one easy step.
On the other hand, that's the fastest I've ever gone across that ridge. Having someone to chase keeps the motivation up. I kept getting within 50m of him, but then he'd crest the hill I was still climbing and it'd be till the next hill that I caught up with him. Repeat the length of the ridge.
Being strong isn't everything. By the bottom of that hill, he'd blown his wad. Next hill, I had to wait for him for a good few minutes and then towed him down the hill. ...and kept towing most of the way back down Rt 55.
Getting back to the 'strong isn't everything' thing. If you're out riding with buddies, its about getting EVERYone there. If you're the strongest dood out there, its your job to keep the weaker guys out of the wind and not set a pace that blows em out the back.
If you're pulling its your job to make sure that when you're riding into a crosswind that you allow enough space on the downwind side for people to find a draft. If that means riding on the yellow line, that means riding on the yellow line and singling up when a car comes behind you. If there's just two of you, it means riding towards the left side of the right tire track so you're not putting your buddy into the gutter.
Basically, its 'don't screw your buddy' when you're out riding in a group. Whether that group is 1 other person or 100, the ideas are the same.
Like I said: I gotta pound some sense into B
Marriott residence Inn has the crappiest wifi I've experienced. Heck, I streamed motoGP practice one morning sitting on a Starbucks patio in Wichita.
The Hilton Homewood nee Homeboy Suites has pretty good wifi. Not as fast as at home, but it works at least. best I've found was Staybridge Suites in Mukilteo. Nice folks there too, and good riding. Very nice wine bar down the street.
I've been on constant travel since the first of last August. The shine went off the bloom a good long time ago on my first extended business trip in 2009. About a half hour into the mess at the airport I'd had all I wanted. Spending two thirds of following year and a half in Everett was only made tolerable by exploring and the people. OK, the beer and the seafood did have something to do with it.
This afternoon I got tapped to work a little special deal. meaning my weekend plans may be screwed. Any ideas I had of heading home early after only eight hours today are vapor.
So, whenever I do get off I'll go grocery shopping since I'm down to crackers and a piece of cheese at the hotel. At least it's warm here. And my buddies in SoCal tell me the heat there today is headed here so we got some warm coming. It has been cold enough at night here I've had to sleep with a beanie on to stay warm.
Thought y'all would like to know I've got a case of the screw-its.
...and the couch monster is calling my name...
Interesting race this AM. Didn't work out how I woulda figgered. ...and that Sagan is a monster! He's going great guns. Let's see how he does in the classics coming up here soon.
What an interesting concept: Ciclotte
Certainly innovative. I didn't bother to look at the price tag, but my little brother sez $10k :eek1
$10,800 at current exchange rates (not including tax) for a stationary exercise bike? It must suck to have that kind of money.
This is what I managed today, and it only cost me gas money out to Palo Cedro and back. I know, I should've ridden from home. I'm weak.
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Nice ride, Ned!
Andrew, I'm using a Garmin 705 GPS and uploading the data to Strava and Ride with GPS. My team is on Strava, so I can compare performance with my team mates. I have long added rides to RWGPS, so I'm continuing it. The GPS captures all the elevations. It also has HR, cadence and speed connections. If I was filthy rich, I'd add a hub that records power.
Here's today's big party:
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I'm sure it's worth every penny.
~254 miles in 18:26... I think. We fought the wind a bit, a few asshole drivers, etc but overall, it was a good ride. I had a shot at under 18 hrs but the guys I was with couldn't go more than 14-15 and I was good for 17-18. I decided that there was more perceived safety, at night, with others than alone.
We started at 0603 (officially, 0600) and ended at 0026. There was a group of four who finished in 15:40 - they know how to work well together, something I can't get my buddy to understand. They were the first group to finish, we were the next. There were seven still out when we wrapped up.
I had Garmin issues - my data is FUBAR'd but I haven't touched it yet. Too tired and sore but I'll look at it later.
My time was well over an hour better than last year. We saved time by not eating a good meal all day.
More to follow.
Oooh man...the tradeoffs!
One good thing about repeating a brevet you're ridden in the past is that you're given an opportunity to better your previous results. One downside is that you know the areas that combines high traffic and rude drivers....not be confused with high traffic and rude cyclists.
This is a route that circles from Casa Grande to Gila Bend and then traverses Phoenix from west-to-east where we eventually turn south and west back to Casa Grande.
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When we rode last year's version, David Brake and I were relatively new to brevets and weren't 100% that we could even ride 400-km (250 miles) in one day. Our confidence level was higher this year and without stating the obvious, I think each of us felt we could finish better than last year's 19:50.
We kept to our normal routine breakfast at the Chandler Rd Waffle House followed by the short drive to Casa Grande. As fate has it, that breakfast was the only full meal of the day so I'm thankful we took time to eat properly.
The usual suspects signed up for the 400 and we had a few visitors. Catherine Shenk from Boulder registered as did Ronaele Foss from Colorado Springs. I think Ronaele likes the AZ group - she's become practically a regular attendee. We met Catherine on the Utah Triple Loop 600 last year. One word of advice regarding Catherine: Don't pull on Superwoman's Cape. She's a heck of a rider and always smiling.
The briefing went a tad long on Saturday morning and that's fine. Getting everyone to listen is akin to herding cats so our start was delayed a few minutes. What's a few minutes when you're faced with 15-18-20+ hours in front of you?
The A-team was off the front as if shot from a cannon. This time, we didn't make an attempt to hang with them those guys, and gal, are amazing riders who know how to work together. I think it was Catherine, Carlton, Steve and Roger who formed the core. My apologies if I left someone out.
The first few miles to Maricopa were uneventful almost to the point of boring. We passed a few here and there and performed a leap-frog routine with Matthew Jungers who is an affable, strong first year rider. I believe Matthew is a PhD student at ASU. Just for the record, I have socks that are older than Matthew. We met on the SNP 300 towards the end and finished together.
When we made the turn to Gila Bend, I was anticipating this portion with near glee. *The climb out of Maricopa is described as railroad grade which is code for recumbents can maintain 16-17 mph without killing themselves. In reality, it's only a climb from around 1150-ft at the 37 mile point until you top out at around 1520-ft at the 61 mile point. *There was a bit of tailwind which helped.
The route from that point into Gila Bend simply screams fun. Bob Lynn and Margaret O'Kelley, both from El Paso, can attest that someone did the <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uP-mDvLqMJM">GEICO pig</a> when passing them on last year's ride.
I guess it was about this point that the wind started to build but it wasn't a factor on this section. My speeds topped out at 37 mph as we descended 800 ft over about 17 miles into Gila Bend. Screaming fun.
We waved at the A-team as they were heading out of Gila Bend happy to note that they weren't too far in front of us but not willing to admit that they likely sat down to a*leisurely*breakfast at one of Gila Bend's more famous restaurants. (I'm kidding of course everyone knows that there's nothing in Gila Bend that rises above a 2-star restaurant.)
David and I talked about not spending too much time in Gila Bend but with the wind building and a long leg to Buckeye, we decided to eat a little something before striking out again. We hit the Burger King for a quick bite and we were amused at the attention that our recumbents attracted from a bus-load of elderly travelers who had stopped at the same location.
Once we hit the road again, we passed Matthew again and settled in for the long slog to Buckeye. The wind was mildly brutal and it turned into 'mind over matter'. Just sit back, try to maintain some semblance of pace and patience while knowing that it won't last forever.
We seemed to catch a break as the road took a slight turn towards the west and crossed the <a href="http://www.brylitegraphics.com/gillespie-bridge.html">Gillespie Dam Bridge</a>. This year, we noticed some new additions to the site which included a historic marker that told the story of the bridge and the dam.
These pictures are from the site noted above. *I've copied and linked them from my account in case the site above is ever taken down:
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We stopped for a few pictures and as was to be the pattern, Matthew caught and passed us again. This was my favorite stop of the day I enjoyed learning about the history of the dam and in true Arizona fashion, this one shows the pioneer spirit of self-sufficiency that ranchers have displayed over the years.
Buckeye was... well, Buckeye so we passed through on our way towards the east. *I was concerned about the traffic around Phoenix International Raceway which was holding a minor NASCAR race.
I'm from the deep south. I know rednecks and racefans and am leery of them. I've been to exactly two races in my life. The first was at the old Birmingham Raceway which was event that preceded NASCAR. I wasn't more than 5 or 6 years old. The only memories are of the noise and not being able to see a lot. The last race was at PIR several years ago. I took the scenic route across the desert from the Mobile area on a KTM 950 and parked literally outside the main gate. I left after a few hours racing in that format isn't for me.
The roads leading to the venue were configured to move people away from the track, not cyclists going past it. I knew that the road going into it is wide but they had moved the east-bound traffic to the far right, one lane, in mostly gravel-covered asphalt. We didn't have any issues but those few motorists behind us were frustrated at not being able to easily pass us. Some took to the lane going west to get around us. There was no traffic there so it wasn't an issue.
We stopped at the Circle K at Southern and Avondale which was covered by vendors selling NASCAR-related gear. As usual, the recumbents attracted the attention of a few but mostly, we watched as sun-burned fans purchased beer and water to sustain themselves after a hard afternoon of watching their favorite drivers master the oval track of PIR.
Prior to hitting that area, we had caught Matthew again and were riding mostly as a group of three. I can't speak for the others, but I was happy when we turned off of Southern onto Broadway! That's one mile further away from the Circle K and one more mile moving tangentially away from the race crowd.
We set our next goal for the store at Pecos and 51<sup>st</sup> Ave. This is the last stop between there and Chandler that has supplies. I know this location well from my house to the store and back is roughly 45 miles so it's a regular route for me. Wide shoulders, low volume but you do see the occasional DUI-related traffic stop or accident. There was a cyclist who was hit there a few months ago by a drunk driver but for the most part, the reservation police keep a high visibility on 51/Riggs Rd and have even stopped to see if I needed assistance when wrestling with a flat tire. Good guys.
As we turned to the east towards I-10, we came across Tom Baker maintaining a secret control. I was surprised to see them and actually rode past them and did a u-turn to come back. Actually, it wasn't a secret control but David had fun asking Matthew to name the 11<sup>th</sup> Vice-president of the US.
From the record I google'd it it was <a href="http://www.senate.gov/artandhistory/history/common/generic/VP_George_Dallas.htm">George Mifflin Davis</a>:
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We talked about our food options with Tom knowing that there were plenty of places to stop as we traversed through the east valley. At one traffic light, David mentioned the promise of food at the last control so we agreed that we'd skip any other food stops and take advantage of the food there.
Now, I'm not sure what David heard but trust me, I was a little disappointed when we arrived at the intersection of Combs and Schnepf only to find an ice machine and a Coke machine. OK we can deal with this where's the next market or Cicle K?
As we resumed our travels, I spotted a small market on the left and led the group there. Big mistake all they carried was Mexican snacks and food meaning the pickings were slim for typical cyclists food. No matter we made do with dulce de leche, potato chips, drinks and other snacks as the local kids entertained us with their music and driving antics.
It was a relatively quiet ride back to Casa Grande no issue with drivers until we hit Cottonwood and one particular, impatient driver decided his horn was the mechanism of choice for informing us of his displeasure.
We arrived back at the start of 00:26 or 26 minutes more than my personal goal which was to start and finish a 400 on the same day. Still, it was a much better time than last year's 19:50 but far behind the A-team which I believe finished at 21:40 an amazing ride.
<li>Riding with David and Matthew <em>good</em> friends, good riders</li>
<li>Our speeds were respectable without killing ourselves</li>
<li>No flats and no significant equipment issues</li>
<li>The A-team - a <em>very</em> good group of riders!</li>
What didn't work?
<li>We goofed up a little with food we really need to be more cognizant of our needs and not purposely ride past so many food stops.</li>
<li>My Garmin 810 locked up and <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_military_slang_terms">FUBAR'd </a>my ride data. I hate when that happens since it's nice to have the route plugged in but we did well without any GPS routing just the same.</li>
<li>I was cold - one more layer would have been nice but luckily, it didn't reach the 'miserable' setting.</li>