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Longest Ride??(23 posts)

Longest Ride??JBergland
Apr 5, 2001 11:03 AM
My cycling club (Silver Cycling, Lakeville, MN) does a 'Dawn-to-Dusk' ride each year. The name says it all. Last year seven of us rode a double century in 10.5 hours ave. 19.1 mph. has some pics of it.

What is the longest ride you have ever ridden?
re: Longest Ride??Kimberly A. Hartwell
Apr 5, 2001 11:07 AM
278 miles. From Huntington Beach to SLO. I left at midnight to have the most daylight to ride in. I'd like to repeat it, but have found no takers to share the misery.....
Feeble in comparison.E3
Apr 5, 2001 11:34 AM
My longest rides:

1) 104 miles - solo. Avg speed 20.1 mph.
2) 91 miles - solo. Avg 20.3 mph.
3) 89 miles - group. Avg 23.7 mph.

Shortest rides:

1) edge of my garage - cold, dense fog rolled in and stayed. .1 mph.
2) 1 block - changed my mind. Andy Griffith and beer. 8.8 mph.
3) 2 blocks - flat tire, nothing to repair it with. 11.1 mph.
Last year, tax day ...Humma Hah
Apr 5, 2001 11:43 AM
140 miles, solo, 5-mile laps at a local lake bikepath (little climbing, no traffic lights, plenty of hairpin turns and people), singlespeed cruiser. Took something like 12.3 hours total.
Did it work?Gadfly
Apr 5, 2001 12:00 PM
You must have been pretty PO'd at the Tax Man to do something like that.
Boy, was it taxing ...Humma Hah
Apr 5, 2001 12:38 PM
My wife had cashed in some stock in 1999, but had failed to adjust witholding or make an estimated tax payment for the cap gains. We owed something in excess of 7 grand! So I needed something to put the IRS in perspective.
Was that you?!Breck
Apr 5, 2001 12:01 PM
Have this VHS tape my buddy loaned me a guy made of himself in San Diego riding around a parking lot or(?-can't remember) all day with some rock music sound track.

Some OTHER idiot ...Humma Hah
Apr 5, 2001 12:35 PM
... This was at Lake Miramar. No music but the wind in my ears and the whine of the tires. To keep from getting dizzy, I reversed direction every 30 miles.

This June I hope to try for a new PR there (or someplace better, if I can find it). At least 150, hopefully 160 miles. I'm in better shape, will use fewer and shorter stops, and will have more daylight.

I've considered approaching the velodrome about letting me try a double century as a fundraiser, but the thought of doing about a thousand laps counterclockwise is so mind-numbing ...
Solo ...Breck
Apr 5, 2001 11:55 AM
Road bike ..... 6+ hrs, no stopping mountain roads winter.
Mountain bike.. 8+ hrs, some stops mountain trail early fall.
Running ....... 3+ hrs, steady desert in July(!).

Solo ... age factor.Breck
Apr 5, 2001 12:18 PM
All of the above at 49-53 years old.
750 road/mtb hours one of the years.
Plus the trail running.
Still at it at close to 60 yrs. old.
So no excuses guyz and galz.
cheers, bgcc
I hate this saying, butRoger
Apr 5, 2001 12:41 PM
YOU DA MAN! Keep it up!
re: Longest Ride??Roger
Apr 5, 2001 12:19 PM
Davis Double (200 miles only I think about 7000 feet of climbing pretty tame). In the dirt I did the Vail 100, 100 mile mtb ride over 13000 feet of climbing.
re: Longest Ride??ROOKIE
Apr 5, 2001 12:50 PM
75 miles, but that was 16 years ago when I was 15. I bought a new bike last week and took my second ride last night. I did maybe 4-5 miles and nearly yacked in my driveway after I got home. Hopefully I can work my way up to a respectable distance by the end of this year.
You'll do fine ...Humma Hah
Apr 5, 2001 1:30 PM
Just ride paces and distances you enjoy, so you do it frequently. By fall you'll enter a fun-run of maybe 25-50 miles. You'll finish that easily, and start checking the calendar for centuries.

This disease affects us all.
112 milesATHiker07
Apr 5, 2001 1:11 PM
I did 112 in 10 hours touring in northern Michigan 20 years ago. But, I've done two centuries in the past 6 days in prep for the "Cross Florida" next month. That will be 170 miles and lately I'm averaging around 19 1/2 solo so I'm shooting for under 10 hours.
Apr 5, 2001 2:02 PM
209 miles at the Central Coast Double last May.

Presently training for the Furnace Creek 508 in October. Attempting 2 1/2 times further than you've gone before is a little scary.

I dunno ...Humma Hah
Apr 5, 2001 2:40 PM
Doing it my way, attempting 2.5 x your previous distance just means if it gets too much, you stop at the truck on your next lap.

No, the scary part is doing it at a place called "Furnace Creek", on a long single loop, on a ride so few people are foolish enough to do that you'll likely be alone most of the time.

I sure hope the support crew is good!
Apr 5, 2001 2:52 PM
Yup, that's a good point. But, with Furnace Creek, you must have a personal support vehicle, which must follow you most of the time; any time you want to bail, the car is in sight.

From what I'm told, having a good crew is critical. It takes 2 or 3 dedicated and knowledgeable people to help get you through it. They must do everything but ride the bike for you.

Now, if I can convince 2 or 3 people to spend several days of their lives dedicated to me finishing this thing, then I'll be damned if I quit. I'll go until I pass out or my leg falls off.

Forget feargimmeaminute
Apr 5, 2001 2:50 PM
Think about surviving the ride. Insure you never abandon because of lack of water,fuel or mental toughness. Catastrophic injury or mechanical failure (remember: catastrophic, not routine.) is the bummer you can't eliminate. Focus on the ride and not how far it is over your PB.

Had I only ridden 40 as a PB, would you have me worry about 100?

I didn't think so. Good luck.
re: Longest Ride??gimmeaminute
Apr 5, 2001 2:14 PM
202 in one sitting, mostly solo. Pure solo, a little over 500 in 4 days. SF to OC, roughly 125 a day. It was then I became a Dennys' road warrior...sponsored by my own Visa and supported by Motel 6, well, sort of.......
re: Longest Ride??eoind
Apr 6, 2001 4:07 AM
All these PBs are very impressive, but when my younger sister was 10 years old, she did 33 miles on a single speed kids bike with 14 inch diameter wheels over quite hilly Irish countryside.
I don't think she's been on a bike since!
re: Longest Ride??SimpleGreen
Apr 6, 2001 7:41 AM
100 miles, 7-8 hours, 32 miles of hills and 11,000 ft of total elevation gain. I was tired. The worst hill was 2.2 miles of 12-15% grade. I was tired...

130 milesStarliner
Apr 6, 2001 8:58 PM
Last year I did the Death Ride in California.... previous to that my longest was around 90 miles