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Weekend Cycling/Exercise/Sports Reports - Nov 15/16

Old 11-14-14, 08:03 PM
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Weekend Cycling/Exercise/Sports Reports - Nov 15/16

This thread is mostly to chat about road cycling and/or the activities we do to keep in shape for road cycling.
So if you did any sort of long or short road ride, on any sort of bicycle, this weekend, tell us about it.

If you are normally a "roadie" but this weekend you went off road, feel free to talk about that too. Developing your off-road skills can improve your on-road handling.

If you did an indoor trainer or rollers or spinning workout, you can talk about that here too because, of course, those workouts maintain or increase our fitness levels for the next time we get out on the road.

If you did some other sport like ... weightlifting, canoeing, skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, walking or whatever it might be ... you are welcome to talk about those here too. We all know that crosstraining is beneficial to road cycling ... and the northern hemisphere folks may be moving into their crosstraining programs with winter coming on.
Let's talk about our cycling adventures ... and post pics if you've got them.


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Saturday -- we're talking about doing a ride in a rural area on the other side of town. Not sure which bicycles we'll use yet. I'm debating between ... my touring bicycle, my titanium bicycle, Machak, and our folding bicycles.
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Saturday -- We cycled 37.24 km


We drove out to an old historic town on the other side of the city, Richmond, and started from there. It's a pleasant little town ... nice to cycle through while looking at the old buildings.

Just as we got to the edge of town we met the Mobart Mo Bros cycling into town on their Movember fund raising ride. Lots of waving all around!
Mobart Mo Bros » Moustache Riders

The next bit of road is narrow and a little bit busy, but the traffic was courteous. We turned right onto Tea Tree Road and began the long, but thankfully gradual climb to the top. After that we had a beautiful decent to our turn-off. Then another climb, followed by a wonderful descent pretty much all the way back.

The weather was lovely, although we had a headwind on the way out. Happily, that meant that we had a tailwind on the way back. It doesn't often happen that way ... but it's great when it does!

And we rode our touring road bicycles.
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Originally Posted by Machka View Post
Saturday -- We cycled 37.24 km


We drove out to an old historic town on the other side of the city, Richmond, and started from there. It's a pleasant little town ... nice to cycle through while looking at the old buildings.

Just as we got to the edge of town we met the Mobart Mo Bros cycling into town on their Movember fund raising ride. Lots of waving all around!
Mobart Mo Bros » Moustache Riders

The next bit of road is narrow and a little bit busy, but the traffic was courteous. We turned right onto Tea Tree Road and began the long, but thankfully gradual climb to the top. After that we had a beautiful decent to our turn-off. Then another climb, followed by a wonderful descent pretty much all the way back.

The weather was lovely, although we had a headwind on the way out. Happily, that meant that we had a tailwind on the way back. It doesn't often happen that way ... but it's great when it does!

And we rode our touring road bicycles.
Don't forget to mention again that it was all on the road. Complete with traffic! Even asphalt, and chipseal, and potholes and broken surfaces, and railways crossings, and a bit of gravel from the shoulder. And we rode some two-up paceline, then I dropped you up the hills, and we regrouped.

You know, all that stuff we do just about every weekend when we ride any of our bikes...
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No good scenery for me this morning. 10*F in KY this morning meant it was time to break out the trainer. Did the 20 minute FTP test on trainer road. Way too much sweat for winter, but I did increase my virtual FTP 12% over the start of last winter!

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No good scenery for me this morning.
I've seen that "scenery" many times when I lived in Canada.


But even here in Australia, we're working on setting up a workout area to include bicycles on trainers for days when it is wet and windy.
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Originally Posted by Machka View Post
Saturday -- We cycled 37.24 km


We drove out to an old historic town on the other side of the city, Richmond, and started from there. It's a pleasant little town ... nice to cycle through while looking at the old buildings.

Just as we got to the edge of town we met the Mobart Mo Bros cycling into town on their Movember fund raising ride. Lots of waving all around!
Mobart Mo Bros » Moustache Riders

The next bit of road is narrow and a little bit busy, but the traffic was courteous. We turned right onto Tea Tree Road and began the long, but thankfully gradual climb to the top. After that we had a beautiful decent to our turn-off. Then another climb, followed by a wonderful descent pretty much all the way back.

The weather was lovely, although we had a headwind on the way out. Happily, that meant that we had a tailwind on the way back. It doesn't often happen that way ... but it's great when it does!

And we rode our touring road bicycles.

Us ... with an opium poppy field behind ...


Some of the scenery we cycled through ...


Some of the local wildlife ...


The road ahead ...


The road behind ...



And of course, as usual, if you click the photos you'll be taken to a page full of yesterday's photos.

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It's also worthwhile to point out that Richmond is the heart of road racing in Southern Tasmania. There are many out-and-back road races that start in Richmond and extend all the way out to the Midland Highway, or there are circuits along roads similar to those that we rode yesterday. And it's likely (although I am more conjecturing here) that Sky rider Matt Goss (a Tasmanian) has raced in club events on these roads in the past.

A few randonnees and quite a few tours I have done have passed through Richmond, too.

All up, an interesting historic town that also has a rich road cycling history.

As to the opium poppies, Tasmania has been the only state in Australia until recently that has allowed the crop to be grown -- Victoria and other states are now horning in on the idea after 30-plus years.

The poppies are harvested and sent to a processing plant in Port Fairy, Victoria, where it is made into various opiate products. There is occasional pilfering of the poppies for obvious reason, but despite the recent death of a German tourist in a campervan after ingesting a brew made from the flower, there is remarkably little abuse.
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Rode from the city up Gorge Rd onto Corkscrew Rd to the church at top then back the same way.

Will Cadel Evans decimate the field next year as he did this year on Corkscrew ?


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I took Friday as a vacation day and a friend and I rode the 112k Goatneck Permanent route. It was supposed to be mostly cloudy in the morning and partly cloudy in the afternoon, but turned out as "completely cloudy" all day. But minimal wind. Temperature was 40 degrees F all ride, but we were dressed for it.

Saturday, there was a 300k brevet scheduled, but we had ridden the 400k version of that last week, the forecast was "cold and windy", so we opted for a 145k/90 mile route instead. We started at 10:00 AM for maximum warmth. Had a long cold plod into a strong headwind going south, then got a lot better when we started back north. One of our riders made her 10,000k in RUSA events for the year on this ride, so she's once again a "K-Hound". We finished right before dark. Once again, the forecast was cloudy in the morning, sunny in the afternoon, and the sun and warmth never showed up. It was starting to mist a little bit when we finished. I couldn't feel it, but could see it on my glasses.

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Saturday i relaxed and went to watch "interstellar" , it was a great movie.
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Was supposed to lead a 75 mile ride, but caught some kind of bug

& spent almost all of Friday night to Sunday morning in bed.

The ride turned out well without me, & I probably lost a pound or two.
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Sunday: 33 miles from san jose to sunnyvale with san tomas creek trail, with light winds. One powerbar and a five hour energy shot was all i needed. It was a good ride.
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Ugh - long day! And kind of cold. Actually, the cold was quite tolerable (no wind, proper kit), but I was bummed that it kept so many others indoors or in their cars - it was rather lonely.

This is a popular spot to grab a bite/refreshment on probably the most popular bike route around. I've never been there when these racks weren't full or nearly so before. That was just before 8:00. When I got back for a late-ish lunch, a little after 1:00, there were three or four bikes.



The goal (achieved) was to ride to the top of Bear Mountain, more or less on the course of the Gran Fondo NY, which I signed up for next year. (GFNY returns a different way for something like 112 miles, I returned the way I came, for right about 90). Quite the challenge! Fortunately, Perkins Drive (the road up to the top) was closed to traffic. I've had a lot of trepidation over training on that part of the course, since the road is narrow, rough, with no shoulder to speak of. I saw one other cyclist, and three hikers, and a little bit of snow. Funny thing, though - no snow on the road at the top, just a few hundred yards near this sheltered/shady bit.


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Originally Posted by jbchybridrider View Post
Rode from the city up Gorge Rd onto Corkscrew Rd to the church at top then back the same way.

Will Cadel Evans decimate the field next year as he did this year on Corkscrew ?
Reminds me of the climb up to Mt Buller in Victoria.
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Sat: 30min on trainer to loosen the legs up since i hadn't been on the bike since Monday

Sun: 30mi fast-ish group ride in S. RI 40F that never really got warmer. still had a bunch of people come out and a strong front group that worked pretty well together and kept the speed going. Decided to attack one of the hills near the end and was feeling good about it until one of our 45+ racers took the inside line and showed me how it was done haha have to spice it up once in a while.
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Sunday, I went to after riding season potluck with my local roadie club as winter is upon us. We shared war stories and talked about trainer season. Which I got get my trainer setup to keep in shape.
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Originally Posted by Machka View Post
Reminds me of the climb up to Mt Buller in Victoria.
It's steeper than the camera shows and I only stopped for the photo not coz I'm out of breath. The last time I rode up there I stopped regularly gasping.
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Saturday was a rare weekend work day so no bike riding. Sadly, I will have to work next Saturday as well. However, got out Sunday for a jaunt around Tampa and Davis Is. Great weather. I crossed path with another rider and we paced each other for a while. We had our speed up around the 19 - 21 mph.
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Originally Posted by alexaschwanden View Post
Sunday: 33 miles from san jose to sunnyvale with san tomas creek trail, with light winds. One powerbar and a five hour energy shot was all i needed. It was a good ride.
Hmmm what time? It was somewhat breeze on my ride up to Portola valley in the late morning.

43 miles powered by a bowl of Cheerios
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Rode the Help Our Military Heroes Metric Century in South Florida Sunday. HOMH raises money to buy wounded vets like MSgt Brian Mast wheelchair accessible vans etc. 100% of proceeds go to vets, the overhead and management costs are paid by the people running the charity. The first picture is MSgt Mast, the second is a group picture of all veterans (myself included) on the ride.



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Sunday: 33 miles from san jose to sunnyvale with san tomas creek trail, with light winds. One powerbar and a five hour energy shot was all i needed. It was a good ride.
Dang I miss the bay area. Was stationed at Moffett back in the 80's - 90's and got back into mountain biking in Las Gatos, riding up the dam and then around the reservoir and up into the hills on the fire roads.
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Just a short ~30-mile loop around the East Bay hills in between family obligations. If you squint enough, you may barely be able to make out the Golden Gate Bridge in the distance. Beautiful day for a ride - partly sunny in the upper-60s.

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Wow, what a wonderful day and marvelous ride this Sunday. The recent typhoon in the Pacific pushed the jet stream all the way up to Barrow, AK. The jet stream then dropped right over the PNW before heading down to Texas and bringing snow to Midland. It brought us unseasonably cold and dry air. We started this Sunday's ride with ice on the puddles in the parking lot.

We had three tandems and a bunch of singles. Our ride leader laid out a nice route, quite tandem friendly, 2000' of climbing in 43 miles, but none of it steep or arduous, followed by fun descents. It was some cold, especially in the valleys, but warmer and sunnier up top, which is the reverse of the usual. A temperature inversion gave us a freezing level at about 5500'. There was frost and ice on the sides of the road in the shade, but because the air has been so dry, there was no trace of frost or ice on the road. Perfect dry pavement all the way.

We stopped for a very long coffee, ice cream, and food break at an ice cream cafe. Some went to a cafe next door and got their helmet sized cinnamon roll, too large to even pick up and carry off. We stayed there a long time, which was great. No need to rush off in such beautiful weather, so we just hung out and enjoyed ourselves. Eventually we got going again and we led a few singles on a long downward trending roller romp. We regrouped and then one of our singles got on the front and just like the guy on a Keirin motorbike, pulled us all back to the brewery on the flat, turning the pedals slowly at 16-17 while our legs relaxed and recovered. Beer and conversation at the finish, as always.

So, another Perfect Ride™. It was tremendous fun, nothing but big grins at the finish. There's only the one rule: Show Up!
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Sunday -- we didn't get out for a ride.

We're in the process of moving into our new place ...

Took possession at the end of August
Moved what little stuff we had here in Tasmania at the beginning of September
Arranged to have the rest of our stuff shipped from Victoria in late October
And it all arrived in early November

So the place is full of 1001 boxes ... and we figured we should really spend some time doing something about them.

Rowan spent the day downstairs working on a plan that will include general storage, bicycle storage, a workshop, and a training area. I spent the day upstairs doing mountains of laundry (love our wash machine, but I hang dry everything), unpacking and washing heaps of dishes (the dishwasher is a very nice feature), and moving boxes from here to there and I debate where to put stuff.

No cycling, but a whole day of standing, walking, lifting, carrying ...

And since I've found some of our weights ... I did a light upper body weights workout.
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I don't get bike lust too often, but that one buckled my knees. Nice ride!
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