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300 km KC brevet report, by numbers (long, like the ride!)(13 posts)

300 km KC brevet report, by numbers (long, like the ride!)Dale Brigham
Apr 15, 2003 10:23 AM
04/12: Date of brevet.
300: Km to ride.
186: Miles to ride (for the metrically-challenged).
20: Hours maximum time to complete ride.
4:30: A.M. Wake-up time at my brother and sister in law's house in Liberty, MO.
5:30: A.M. Registration time in Perkin's parking lot in Liberty, MO.
5:45: A.M. Discovered front tire completely flat (was fine when packed in car night before).
5:55: A.M. New tube in tire; aired-up and ready to go.
27 or so: Number of fellow randos at start.
6:10: A.M. Depart en group.
45: Degrees F air temperature at start.
6:15: A.M. Front tire flats, about 1 mile into brevet.
6:30: A.M. Back on bike, having replaced tube in dark.
2: Spare tubes left in seat pack (started with 3 spares).
28th: Position in peloton (= DFL).
0: Riders in sight on the road ahead.
6:45: A.M. Sunrise.
20: Km into brevet; catch up with a few randos.
40: Km into brevet; catch another half-dozen or so.
70: Km into brevet; catch up with all the rest at first controle.
2: Bottles of Gatorade consumed en route, 2 more bought at controle convenience store, along with (2) Little Debbie pecan swirl sweet rolls (with 2 swirls each). Can only open and consume one package. Little Debbie "won't give it up" in other one (plastic opening tab tears off). Stuff in pockets with reflective wind vest (1), arm warmers (2), cell phone (1), Quaker Oats bars (4), clear-lensed eyeglasses, 1 pr., in protective case (Rx sunglasses now in use, since sun is up), reflective ankle straps (2), folded MO state road map in zip-lock bag (1), Zip-lock bag (1) containing money ($40), I.D. and insurance cards (1 each), brevet card (1), brevet cue sheet/map (1), bandana (1), handkerchief (1), Nikon lens cloth (1), pill bottle filled with Ibuprofen and Aleve (1), Imodium (4 capsules), Topeak Alien multi-tool (1; won't go back in seat pack with hastily-folded punctured tube), and arc welder (1; just kidding!).
80: Km to go to next controle (turn-around).
0: Places to stop for water/food en route to next controle.
2: Tandems I rode with for most of this stretch.
2: Good cyclists on each tandem.
12:30 P.M. Arrive at halfway point (150 Km) in Albany, MO.
150: Km completed/to finish (halfway point).
1: Casey's convenience store's finest breaded chicken sandwich, bag of Baked Lay's, Gatorade (32 oz.), bottled water (1 L.), and Little Debbie pecan swirls 2-pack (forced open with Alien tool's knife blade); all consumed (or used to fill bottles) while sitting on milk crate behind store in the shade.
1:00: P.M. Back on bike, chasing randos who left controle earlier up the road.
1: Remaining tandem up the road; caught and passed all other riders. (Note: Excepting one former RAAM participant, who left Liberty like a rocket and was only seen heading back when I was on way out. In my mind, he does not count. Hey, I make the rules here!)
1: Big bang as front tire blows out, about 40 km after last controle.
3: Park Tools adhesive tube patches applied to inner side of tire casing to repair ("boot") tear in sidewall.
1: Stupid rando (me) to not have looked closely at the front tire after the sun rose to see what was causing the repeated punctures.
1: Good tube left in seat pack. "Dead" tubes (2) in bag, 'cuz I hate to litter.
6: Randos that passed me while I was repairing tire.
80: Degrees F air temperature.
0: Water and gatorade left in bottle by time of arrival at next controle.
1: Gatorade (32 oz.) and water (1 L.) purchased to fill bottles; consumed remainder of
300 km KC brevet report, by numbers (continued)Dale Brigham
Apr 15, 2003 10:26 AM
1: Gatorade (32 oz.) and water (1 L.) purchased to fill bottles; consumed remainder of each, along with (2) granola bars.
1st: Rider out of controle (excepting the RAAM guy, whom I'm conveniently ignoring).
70: Km to finish.
2: Items glimpsed flying out of right jersey pocket into ditch.
5: Minutes looking for, and recovering, dropped items, which were eyeglasses (in protective case) and granola bar.
1: Sheepish look on my face for almost losing $250 pr. of eyeglasses.
6: Randos that passed me as I searched in ditch for dropped items.
1: Tandem remaining in front of me after passing other randos.
1,000: Hills apparently between last controle and finish, which seem to have grown (rapid tectonic shift?) since this morning.
38/28: Chainring/cog combo used frequently on said hills.
2: Of the nicest people, on the second tandem, with whom I finished.
5:45: P.M. Arrival time at brevet finish.
11:35: Elapsed hours/minutes since start.
10 or so: Hours guess-timated time on bike.
3: Trashed tubes.
1: Trashed tire (Conti Sport 1000, 700 X 28).
1: Trashed, but happy, rando (me!).
2: Brevets completed (200 and 300 Km).
2: Brevets to go (400 and 600 Km) to qualify for Paris-Brest-Paris.
1,200: Km, P-B-P distance.
1: 2003 P-B-P hopeful (me).
1: Bored reader (you!).

Thanks for reading!

1: Excellent Report (not bored me) nmKristin
Apr 15, 2003 11:20 AM
300 km KC brevet report, by numbers (continued)grettm
Apr 15, 2003 11:26 AM
Not bored at all. Now I wish I had the male genitalia to do what you did.

Very tough. At the end of a century I cry for my mother. But I still do them. I wonder what a double would be like...I shudder at the thought but then I want to try it!

What is wrong with us? (or is just me)
Manliness has nothing to do with it. Low I.Q. is the key!Dale Brigham
Apr 15, 2003 1:10 PM
Of course you can do it. Just get into one of these too-long rides, and you will make it. If you can finish a century, you can do the brevets. The genius behind the brevet series is that the progressive nature of the rides 200-300-400-600 km distances) brings confidence and ability to the cyclist, so that he/she can tackle and successfully complete the next (longer) one.

I'm sure there are randos out there that think nothing of doing a brevet, but I'm definitiely not one of them. Every time I finish a brevet, I think I could not ride any farther. And every time I have to ride farther in a longer brevet, I do it. As Zen-Master Yogi Berra would say, (randonneuring) "is 90 percent mental. The other half is physical."

Finally, one more pearl from Master Yogi that perfectly captures nighttime randonneuring:

"Yeah, but we're making great time!" -- In reply to "Hey Yogi, I think we're lost."

Highly entertaining -- thanks!! (nm)PseuZQ
Apr 15, 2003 1:19 PM
nice report! LOL: rapid tectonic shift (nm)JS Haiku Shop
Apr 15, 2003 10:54 AM
See you in Edwardsville for the 400k on the 26th?Dale Brigham
Apr 15, 2003 12:39 PM

Will you be doing the 400K from Edwardsville, Il, on the 26th? I plan on being there with my "posse" from Columbia. I'll be the scared-looking guy (every 400K I have done has hurt real bad!) on the orange Steelman EC525. Hope to see you there.

surprisingly, i'm on the fenceJS Haiku Shop
Apr 16, 2003 6:03 AM
...and considering the merits of doing 250 miles from my front door. i'm bogged down in thoughs of "a 9 hour round-trip drive, two nights away from home, and 250 miles in a windtunnel, all really suck." though i'm doing the series for the sake of, well, completing the series, it's also really all just to earn "SR".

sure wish they were closer to home.

i'll probably do the 4/26. i've already made hotel reservations for both nights, and have the trip on my calendar. didn't i say something about whining earlier? i think i'm slipping...
C'mon, J, you gots to do it!Dale Brigham
Apr 16, 2003 7:10 AM
I understand your concerns about the travel, which is much worse for you than for me (I'm only 3 hours away). But, it's like the tree falling down in the forest -- it only counts if somebody hears it. Doing an official brevet means more (to me, at least) than doing the same distance ride on one's own.

Will it be hard? Yes! Will it really suck at times? Of course! Will you lose the will to live and/or question the existence of God? Certainly! Hey, it's a 400K brevet -- it's supposed to be a Death March. We ain't runnin' a daisy farm here, pardner!

After you complete it, as I know you will, will you beam with pride and lord it over every mere "cyclist" (you're a rando now, baby!) you ever have an opportunity to compare longest-ride-in-a-day stats with? Hell yeah!

I swear, one of the most fun things about doing brevets is meeting the local folks in their hometown Casey's convenience store on the route. When you answer their questions about how far you are riding that day (or where you started), the expression on their faces is priceless. And, of course, when they question your and your companions' sanity (which they always do), the stock answer is, "Yes, in fact, we are nuts."

See you there, J!

good job; how do you keep such detailed notes? nmDougSloan
Apr 16, 2003 8:53 AM
The constant pain seared every moment into my brain.Dale Brigham
Apr 16, 2003 5:22 PM
Just kidding! Other than the pesky punctures, all went well, and I felt great. I really had nothing else to do on the ride besides obsessing on the little details. I'll probably forget my own name during the upcoming 400K, so I'll spare everyone the ordeal of reading another one of my vanity-press accounts.

Heck, MB1 and Miss M ride farther than I do on brevets almost every weekend, and they don't seem to need to crow about it. I should follow their example (and your's, Mr. Furnace 508!) and be more humble. Come to think of it, the 400K and 600K brevets should take care of that.

tell us all about itDougSloan
Apr 16, 2003 7:37 PM
Heck, I'm riding so little lately, I need to live vicariously. Keep the stories coming. We can only discuss bike fit so often...