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what's your longest solo ride?(51 posts)

what's your longest solo ride?tarwheel
Nov 4, 2002 7:40 AM
I'm thinking about riding a solo century before the weather gets too much colder. None of my biking buds are into rides longer than 50-60 miles, so I'm thinking about just taking off some nice day by myself.

My longest solo ride this year is about 55 miles, although I once rode about 90 miles solo while in college. My brother and I rode a "dual" century in June, but solo is a lot more difficult.
Mine is...PsyDoc
Nov 4, 2002 7:43 AM
...75 miles. About 85-95% of my rides are solo rides as I ride when I can and often times I cannot ride with the group. I tend to average between 150 - 180 solo miles a me time to think and clear my head.
Mine is...look271
Nov 5, 2002 6:29 AM
Mine was about 80 miles (79.6). I really want to do a solo century next year. Like you, most of mine are solo anyway. It's easier that way; fewer logistics to work out.
re: Do it!dzrider
Nov 4, 2002 7:55 AM
If only to place the amenities of some of the more lavish charity rides in their proper perspective. You really don't need a t-shirt, a cue sheet, or peppy volunteers to fill your water bottle. It's satisfying to feel competant to handle the distance without support. I find it no more difficult, a little less fun, slower and more rewarding.
You mean I won't get a T-shirt? no way!!!tarwheel
Nov 4, 2002 8:25 AM
Actually, my biggest concern is having a mechanical problem 40-50 miles from home. Mentally, it's also harder riding that far/long without someone to talk to or draft behind.
The last t-shirt I received(Seacoast Century was ugly), IMHO. nmjtferraro
Nov 4, 2002 8:29 AM
Well than just ride around the block 100 times or so.MB1
Nov 4, 2002 10:28 AM
Or bring a cell phone.

BTW start out into the wind if you can then you will have a tail wind all the way back.
Right principle, wrong scale.dzrider
Nov 4, 2002 11:11 AM
Use your home (or lbs) as the centar of a big circle. You can likely go 100 miles without ever going more than 20 miles from home.
92 milesms
Nov 4, 2002 8:12 AM
That was in 2001. This year I have done several 65-75 mile rides solo. I had planned to do a solo century last week, but the weather looked threatening about 35 miles into the ride, so I made it a 72 mile ride instead.
on the 92 miler...jtferraro
Nov 4, 2002 8:26 AM
Did something come up where you didn't want to or couldn't do the 8 more for some reason(i.e. mechanical)? I know I surely would have tried.

on the 92
Nov 4, 2002 11:18 AM
I had wanted to try a route from my house to Annapolis, Maryland. I had thought that the mileage would be less than it was. When I neared home and saw that I was going to break 90 miles I was tempted to do a ten mile loop just to break the 100 mile mark. But, it was about 3:00 p.m. and the temperature was in the 90s. I just decided to call it a day. I later regretted that I did not go for the 100. Live and learn.
Oh time(spring), right? (nm)jtferraro
Nov 4, 2002 12:06 PM
Hope springs eternal (pardon the pun)ms
Nov 4, 2002 1:19 PM
Give me a warm weekend day and no family commitments and maybe I'll break the 92 mile record and go for the solo century.
Go for itPaulCL
Nov 4, 2002 8:13 AM
My longest unsupported ride is just over 75 miles. I've done it on a regular basis. When the family goes to a friends farm for the day, the wife drives the kids, I ride the bike.

I rode in a big club ride this last June, but essentially rode it alone. There were water/food stops along the way. The only difference between this ride and a solo is that there might have been a broom wagon available if I needed it. I never hooked up with anyone to ride with - am I anti-social or is it that I didn't want to average 14mph?? I ended up riding 90 miles alone in 95 degree heat and humidity. The only time I ever got off the bike just to lie down...a near-bonk. A horrible day.

In the fall, I wouldn't hesitate doing a solo century. Just bring enough food/water, tools, and cash for more food/water along the way. Take it easy and ride. Have fun. Paul
Go for itJon Billheimer
Nov 4, 2002 8:18 AM
As another poster said, you don't need a t-shirt, volunteers, etc. to ride a century. Just go ride. My longest solo was 150 mi., but I've done lots of 80 to 120 mi training rides on weekends. Not a big deal. Instead of thinking about miles, perhaps decide to go ride for 5 hrs., 8 hrs., whatever.
150 mles! that's impressivetarwheel
Nov 4, 2002 8:28 AM
Do you remember theodorek, who used to post here, and his epic 200-mile solo from NYC across Long Island? I strongly suspect that his tale was fiction, however.
Wasn't he the guy who also posted...Psalm 147-10_11
Nov 4, 2002 8:38 AM
his congratulations to himself under a different name, but then got confused and logged on under the wrong screen name?

Regarding the solo century. Do it.

I road a solo century last week and loved doing it. It was a slower pace than usual, but in many ways it was much more fun and rewarding.

I carried a cell phone, plus stuffed my pockets with gel, an extra tube and the basic repair tools. Good luck and let us know how it went.

103terry b
Nov 4, 2002 8:41 AM
I actually doit a little bit differently, I take my breaks at home. go out in one direction for 50, come back, fuel up go out in another direction for 30, ditto and then finish it up in a third direction. Makes the breaks nice,and you don't have to carry a load of water/food nor go hunting and gathering at convenience stores.

did 81 miles this past weekend this same way. cold starting early (enough) this time of year to try and get that kind of mileage it before it gets dark.

oh yes, you become quite familiar with yourself carrying on one person conversations for 4-6 hours.
no way!tarwheel
Nov 4, 2002 9:26 AM
I would never be able to pull myself off the couch if I stopped at home after 50 miles. The beer in the fridge would be just too tempting. I will probably do and out and back ride, so I'll have other choice but to ride 100 -- assuming I make it to the 50 mark.
re: what's your longest solo ride?Matno
Nov 4, 2002 8:42 AM
I've got a friend who did about 800 miles in 5 days solo. Only thing he took with him was a water bottle and $20. (His brother gave him the money just as he was leaving "in case of an emergency"). He was on his way back to college after a break and wanted to prove that he was tough. (In my mind, it worked). He would actually just ask around for a place to sleep each night when he stopped, and the people he stayed with would feed him and usually give him a sandwich or something to take with for lunch the next day. Longest single day ride was about 220 miles (he would have stopped sooner, but there were no towns along the way!) Perhaps even more amazingly, this was over 30 years ago. I can't imagine what his equipment was like. (Actually I can, because I borrowed one of his old bikes, a Bottechia that was older than I was, for a 1000 mile tour I did when I was 17, but that was at a much more relaxed pace...) On the other hand, the whole idea of staying with strangers would probably never work now. Maybe if you coordinated with people on this board in advance...
40 miles, but shooting for Spring centuryvindicator
Nov 4, 2002 8:51 AM
Having only picked this sport up in July, I've topped out at 40 for the winter (done it twice now, both solo). I'm going to try and hold it there, once a week, when the winter weather allows (with multiple shorter rides during the week).

When we start pulling out of winter and I've got a few months of "base" in, I hope to gradually increase, maybe every other weekend at 40-50 and every other weekend doing 50-60-etc., working my way up.

I'm aiming to do a solo ride from my one granmother's house to my other grandmother's house in connection with a Springtime family visit. The route would be about 115 miles.

245 miles in 17 hrs. Left at 6am finished at 9pm. (nm)onespeed
Nov 4, 2002 8:57 AM
Nov 4, 2002 10:19 AM
Are you theodorek reincarnated?
solo centuriesDaveG
Nov 4, 2002 9:10 AM
I am the veteran of numerous organized centuries. This past summer I decided to do a solo century and found it to be harder mentally due to the boredom/monotony of it. I made the mistake of picking the second half of my route to be through the flat and mind-numbingly unvaried New Jersey pinelands. Unchanging scenery with no one to talk to made those last miles a real grind. I do a lot of solo riding, but 5 or 6 hours of riding alone was a bit much for me.
re: what's your longest solo ride?Ken
Nov 4, 2002 9:15 AM
I've done two. Both of them 100 milers. And both unintentional. Both times I went too far out and underestimated the distance by more than I care to remember.
100% solo and 100% self-supported: 100.62 milesJS Haiku Shop
Nov 4, 2002 9:19 AM
it's just a long ride. set your mind and get to it.

If you feel up to it, do it!velocity
Nov 4, 2002 9:24 AM
It's definitely easier, quicker -- feels quicker too -- to ride long distances in a paceline but, hey, there's nothing better than the freedom of riding solo. Just be sure to bring spare tubes, pump, enough food, water, etc., and to dress appropriately.
140 miles ...Humma Hah
Nov 4, 2002 9:34 AM
A couple of years back I did a self-supported solo 140-miler, a bunch of 5-mile laps around a lake bike path. I get dizzy just thinking about it.

That topped a previous PR of 130 miles, done decades earlier on the same bike.

This year my longest solo has been 70 miles.
140 miles around a 5-mile lake path loop!?! (nm)jtferraro
Nov 4, 2002 11:39 AM
Well, the logistics were easy ...Humma Hah
Nov 4, 2002 11:57 AM
... and the drive home was mercifully short.

Let's just say it was an improvement over trying 200 mi at the local velodrome.
Yup, true! (nm)jtferraro
Nov 4, 2002 12:09 PM
re: what's your longest solo ride?kwikfix
Nov 4, 2002 9:38 AM
140 miles to a waiting gin and tonic. Yum!
About 80 miles for meAllez Rouge
Nov 4, 2002 9:51 AM
(This is my first post here, so y'all be gentle, okay?)

The longest solo rides I've done were around 80 miles; I used to have a loop of that length and rode it maybe once a month. This year I did an unplanned 80-miler when I went out farther than intended and had 80 miles on the clock by the time I got back to the house. It rained on me (unexpectedly) the last 30 miles so that one wasn't especially fun, but all the others weren't bad at all. My USUAL long rides have typically been 50-60 miles but next year I plan to bump this up to about 75.

Oh, something else ... I'm a lousy climber and have done organized centuries in which I got dropped at the first hill, early in the ride, and ended up pedaling the last 85 or so miles alone. Does that count as "solo"? ;)
A hundred and a few more but it's been over a year since. nmSintesi
Nov 4, 2002 9:57 AM
65miles....but all my miles this year have been soloK-Man
Nov 4, 2002 10:05 AM
Not anti-social its just most of my training miles need to be done spare of the moment and due to family constraints its easiest to leave right from my house. I have close to 3,000 miles in this year on my road bike...ALL solo. Longest this year was 65 miles....average is 40 miles

78 miles...PEDDLEFOOT
Nov 4, 2002 10:10 AM
Almost every ride I do is solo since I haven't found too many people interested in riding as early in the morning as I like or going as far as I usually do.As a previous reply said my only concern is mechanical problems when you're 40 or 50 miles away with no one around.I always take my cell phone with but you still never know what the reception is in certain areas.It kind of adds a little uncertainty to the ride though.
125 miles.........Len J
Nov 4, 2002 10:14 AM
back in June.

Just do it. Pace yourself, eat & drink enough and ride on roads you are familiar with. This time of year, make sure you don't start too late or risk running out of light.

Go for it & Good luck.

103 milesbigrider
Nov 4, 2002 10:17 AM
The last 40 were the most boring miles I have ever ridden in my life. But they were still good.
re: what's your longest solo ride?peter1
Nov 4, 2002 10:36 AM
I do a metric century loop solo all the time. Takes about 3.5-4 hours.

It's pretty scenery, but I admit I get bored without someone to talk to, or push me. Never done farther than 70 miles solo, for that reason.
207 miles (but it was over 20 years ago...)PT
Nov 4, 2002 10:52 AM
I went from Salida, CO to Durango, CO over Poncha, Wolf Creek (!), and Yellow Jacket passes. I was 21 and in peak racing form. In those days I had the time for long rides and usually did at least one 100+ mile day a week, usually alone or with one friend. Now I'm lucky if I get one or two rides over 70 miles in a season. For me, distance isn't an issue, but speed certainly is...
re: what's your longest solo ride?JL
Nov 4, 2002 11:19 AM
I did an 85 mile loop trying to "finish" the organized century I started the week before.

It had rained too hard the first 50 miles during the organized century and there was too much lightning, so my friend and I bagged the second loop. The next week I decided to try the rest of the loop myself, but started from my house instead of driving to the start. My only regret of the ride was that I didn't do the next 15 miles to give me a solo century. I planned a fall solo this year, but things have come up and I haven't had the time. Hopefully, I can do it soon.

Happy riding.

167 milesSherpa23
Nov 4, 2002 11:31 AM
That was the day before the Triple Bypass, actually. My wife wanted to do it so I said that I would do it with her, as long as I could ride from home in downtown Denver and catch up to her. So Friday, I drove to Avon, dropped off the car, and rode home 167 miles exactly, over 4 mountain passes. Then the next day, my wife got a 47 mile head start and I left from home and did the same 167 the opposite direction.
One week later, I rode from Chatfield res to Mt. Evans and back, over deer creek and high grade road and that was a lot of miles but it wasn't solo.
Impressive (NM)mikebikr
Nov 4, 2002 1:31 PM
Doug Sloan, we hardly knew ye...didn't he do 508 miles solo? nmRhodyRider
Nov 4, 2002 11:37 AM
Poor Dog thinks he's a wimp because ...Humma Hah
Nov 4, 2002 12:23 PM
... he's never done a solo Race Across America.

Doug could ride me into the ground and just be getting warmed up.
101.2 milesKen of Fresno
Nov 4, 2002 12:28 PM
46 laps around Woodward Park.
I like solo centuriesRay Sachs
Nov 4, 2002 7:27 PM
I've never done anything much longer than 100 miles (about 110 is my longest), but I've done a bunch of them solo. I really like long solo rides. I find my own pace, settle into a rhythm, and the miles just melt away. I can go hard when I'm feeling it (without worrying about dropping someone - not a frequent problem, I'll admit), go really easy when I need to without worrying about holding someone up (a more frequent occurance), or just hold a moderate pace. Riding with other folks can actually be more difficult unless you're really well matched.

Although they take a bit longer, I usually finish solo centuries feeling much fresher and less wasted than long group rides.

re: what's your longest solo ride?aliensporebomb
Nov 4, 2002 8:16 PM
This year it was a little over 40 miles, I wanted to do 62 but I had a mechanical issue and the weather subsequently sucked badly this year so I've not gone past that but lots of upper twenties and mid to high 30s. Next season.
Lightweight with a solo metric century - real deal in '03 (nm)VertAddict
Nov 4, 2002 8:53 PM
Nov 5, 2002 12:22 PM
50 yds. - hit by a deer.

On more than one occasion wifey rode solo from San Diego to Marin in 5 days camping along the way, looked around then rode back in 4 days (tailwind). Did I mention she can ride me into the ground via starving me? Kind of a twist on a Donner Party strategy.

My most "epic" solo ride is Mr. Toad's Wild Ride the hard way. Go up Kingsbury grade, enter the NV side of Heavenly Ski Area, pick up the Tahoe Rim Trail, go like hell for the next five hours or six hours (up to 10,000), then drop Toad's. Don't wreck b/c no one can hear you scream and there isn't much in the way of bailouts.

I figure as long as you're fully prepared it can be hellaciously fun - enjoy!
92 mi this fallMariowannabe
Nov 5, 2002 1:00 PM
I did a 92 miler in the hills of upstate NY this fall. Would have done 100 but ran out of daylight. Washington County has great bike routes. Several good climbs. Averaged 16.9 mph. Certainly a bit tougher than a century in a group, but rewarding.