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Colorado 600km brevet (ride report with pictures)(16 posts)

Colorado 600km brevet (ride report with pictures)PeterRider
Jun 19, 2003 10:25 AM
6 days, 2500 miles drive, 380 miles bike ride covered in 38 hours. This was a long trip, mostly hot, but also very cold in the middle of the night on the roads near Boulder.

The full ride report is on

Below: first time I see the sunrise while biking, after 25 hours on the bike.

congrats! nmJS Haiku Shop
Jun 19, 2003 10:44 AM
Refused to give you water? I would have thrown the foodchopper
Jun 19, 2003 11:18 AM
back at them and walked out. Bastards! Eat Merde!
I was hungry and the sandwich smelled good....PeterRider
Jun 19, 2003 11:53 AM
... and I asked for water AFTER purchasing a sandwich and a bottle of coffee. But supposedly the owner didn't allow to fill bottles. Isn't this illegal to refuse water ? (in France it is).

re: congratulations, see you in Pariscyclopathic
Jun 19, 2003 11:28 AM
good job. I remember riding at 10,000' it was very painful. Cannot imagine doing it on 600km brevet.

Luckly for me our brevet barely touched 4,000'. 34.5hr, ~20,000', non-stop rain, 6.5hr overnight stop and about 23hr on the bike it was all good.


PS I am planning a visit to Ventoux in pre-PBP week, are you interested?
No PBP this year. But probably BPB next year :-)PeterRider
Jun 19, 2003 12:04 PM
Although I completed the qualifs I don't think I have the level yet for PBP. I still find that riding at night is awful, I am depressed, tired, sleepy, demotivated and slow. When I'll be a bit faster I'll use the night for sleep.

20,000ft and non-stop rain sounds more difficult than what I had last week-end. Except for that bad climb, it was pretty flat around 5000ft altitude, and the altimeter registered 16,500ft climbing.

Ventoux is really nice, I've never biked there but been in that area many times on the way to visit family living in the south.

I mean BMBPeterRider
Jun 19, 2003 12:07 PM
re: BMBcyclopathic
Jun 19, 2003 12:35 PM
BMB is much tougher then PBP. It is shorter (real distance 739mi) but it takes ~5-10hr more to complete and the record times reflect it. Male record is 44hr PBP/50hr BMB (older/easier route), female 49hr pbp/57hr BMB. Time difference would have been even bigger if BMB didn't allow aerobars.

I had spoken with gal who set up both PBP and BMB routes, and he refered to PBP as much easer.

With 38hr finishing time this is your call. I did BMB in my first year, ~5mo after riding first century, and if I didn't get sick and fall apart I would have finished in 70-75hr range. My 600k time was 35hr (5hr night break). On 400k I met a guy who told me basically if you can make through 600k you'd be o'k.

with the time you have if you ride 2-3 double centuries you'd be in top shape. On other hand there's nothing wrong in going and DNFing (but I guess you've already been to France ;).
Great job!mugg
Jun 19, 2003 11:49 AM
Looks like a beautiful ride. Though I'm sure it was difficult to take in the scenery when you have many more miles to go. Congrats!
Good Goin'. You make the ride look really beautiful. nmdzrider
Jun 19, 2003 11:57 AM
Beautiful pictures nmRich_Racer
Jun 19, 2003 12:09 PM
You were in Moab and didn't bring your MTB???biknben
Jun 19, 2003 12:32 PM
Shame on you. Ahhhh...Slickrock, Porc Rim, Amasa Back, Moab rim, Poison Spider Mesa, Gold Bar Rim, etc.

Biknben (dreaming of Moab)
Jun 19, 2003 12:49 PM
Everyone at your office ask you if your butt hurts? That's all I got after the 508.

Congrats! Very impressive. I can't imagine ..Brooks
Jun 19, 2003 2:39 PM
riding through the night. Although I have done several double centuries they are all during the daylight hours.

By the way, both of your flower pictures are of different varieties of penstemon (not lupine). Nice photos of your travels!
Thanks for the name...PeterRider
Jun 19, 2003 3:20 PM
now that I see a pic of lupine, it looks quite different. The color is very similar though.

sounds like a great road triptarwheel
Jun 20, 2003 5:26 AM
I enjoyed your photos of the 4 corners region. We drove a 10-day loop from Denver to Arches, Mesa Verde, Monument Valley, Grand Canyon (North Rim), Zion, Bryce Canyon and Capital Reef a few years ago -- camping along the way. It was spectacular and one of my best vacations. Arches is my favorite national park so far. If you go to the Grand Canyon again, visit the North Rim. It has much fewer visitors and is just as pretty. We were there over the 4th of July and there was still space available in the campgrounds. It's close to Zion, so it's easy to combine visits to both places (as well as Bryce).