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KLizotte
09-16-2013, 10:16 AM
The 50 States ride is this Saturday.

I will be attending for the first time. I'm looking for a tcx download of the route. I presume the route doesn't change from year to year? I think I have found a good one or two on RideWithGPS.com but if someone on the forum has one they can point me to that would be great.

Also, I'm looking for a group to join on the ride or if someone wants to join me please send me a PM.

Cheers,

Kathy

jopamora
09-16-2013, 10:36 AM
They do change the route a little bit from year to year. Last year they released the route the a day or two before the ride.

consularrider
09-16-2013, 11:07 AM
Here are my Strava (http://www.strava.com/activities/22831477) and my garminconnect (http://connect.garmin.com/activity/225711409) entries from 2012. I'll be a bike marshal agin this year and still haven't seen the final route.

Rootchopper
09-16-2013, 12:19 PM
You won't have trouble finding people to ride with. Groups form/fall apart spontaneously throughout the ride.

Brendan von Buckingham
09-17-2013, 12:48 PM
I have a printer friendly cue sheet from last year's ride. It's not fancy, just in MS Excel. Message me your email and I'll send it. Washington Ave and Minnesota Ave were the biggest fails I saw last year where groups went the wrong way and were never seen or heard from again. University Terrace at Mile 60 is just mean.

consularrider
09-18-2013, 12:45 PM
I just got the pdf of this years 50 States route and will try to map it this evening. Just looking at the beginning versus last year, there are significant changes.

dcv
09-18-2013, 01:05 PM
I emailed WABA yesterday and they responded that they will email the gpx route to all who registered:

"We have the ride mapped on Map My Ride and will be emailing out the GPX files exported from that program tomorrow to all who registered for the ride- so stay tuned! :)"

Justin Antos
09-18-2013, 03:19 PM
As usual, Gypsybug comes through with a set of excellent tips for preparing for the 50 States ride (http://chasingmailboxes.com/2013/09/17/waba-50-states-ride-last-minute-taper-and-training-tips/)!

KLizotte
09-18-2013, 11:15 PM
Has anyone had any success downloading the gpx file that WABA provided on MapMyRide (the world's worst website)? It does not appear to be downloading correctly and I have been unable to transfer the gpx file to my Garmin or RideWithGPS. Something downloads (about 1 KB) but neither my Garmin nor the RWG recognizes the file. Very annoying. I sent an email to WABA asking them to also post the ride to RideWithGPS but am not holding my breath.

Update: I was able to download the file using a different web browser (Safari).

dcv
09-19-2013, 05:55 AM
Has anyone had any success downloading the gpx file that WABA provided on MapMyRide (the world's worst website)? It does not appear to be downloading correctly and I have been unable to transfer the gpx file to my Garmin or RideWithGPS. Something downloads (about 1 KB) but neither my Garmin nor the RWG recognizes the file. Very annoying. I sent an email to WABA asking them to also post the ride to RideWithGPS but am not holding my breath.

Update: I was able to download the file using a different web browser (Safari).

WABA sent a link to the 2013 50 states ride by email yesterday (9/18), did you download that one (not the 2011 version posted on the event website).

K - I'll be riding with my wife & son if you want to join us. I'll be on my pink fuji with 80's paint job:
http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc399/vng2327/Fuji%20Tiara/IMG_20120102_204812.jpg

KLizotte
09-19-2013, 12:24 PM
Hi, I was referring to the 2013 link sent yesterday. For some reason my web browser was causing the hiccup.

I'll look out for you at the start line; the pink bike is very distinctive! I'll be riding a red and white Cannondale synapse with red sidewalls and a rack.

FeltZ85
09-19-2013, 02:38 PM
:confused: I can't get the GPX to load into my Garmin Edge 200 either. I just got the GPS yesterday, so the probability of user error is high. I'm not sure what the problem is though.

Justin Antos
09-19-2013, 02:41 PM
Looks like we get a lap around Hains Point this year!

TwoWheelsDC
09-19-2013, 02:44 PM
:confused: I can't get the GPX to load into my Garmin Edge 200 either. I just got the GPS yesterday, so the probability of user error is high. I'm not sure what the problem is though.

Word of warning...a ride like 50 States will be incredibly difficult to follow on an Edge 200, since you just get the breadcrumb trail, and the route crosses over itself quite a bit, which Garmins struggle with. Even my Edge 800, which was built to give turn by turn navigation, had a really hard time with it.

KLizotte
09-19-2013, 02:48 PM
:confused: I can't get the GPX to load into my Garmin Edge 200 either. I just got the GPS yesterday, so the probability of user error is high. I'm not sure what the problem is though.

I haven't loaded the file into my Garmin 800 yet but managed to download it RideWithGPS which is the website I usually use. The only way I could download it was to use the Safari web browser. Internet Explorer seemed to be the problem.

You can try downloading the route from my RWG account: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/3381785

I started adding control points so I can get turn by turn directions.

consularrider
09-19-2013, 03:29 PM
Being a belt and suspenders kind of rider, I'll have the cue sheet and my paper copy of the Washington, DC bicycle map with me too.

jopamora
09-19-2013, 05:42 PM
Being a belt and suspenders kind of rider, I'll have the cue sheet and my paper copy of the Washington, DC bicycle map with me too.

Make sure your Marshall is consularrider. My Marshall last year took a few wrong turns.

Rod Smith
09-19-2013, 05:55 PM
:confused: I can't get the GPX to load into my Garmin Edge 200 either. I just got the GPS yesterday, so the probability of user error is high. I'm not sure what the problem is though.


Have you loaded other rides? I didn't think the Edge 200 offered the ability to do that.

FeltZ85
09-19-2013, 06:36 PM
Yes, I got it to work. But as TwoWheels said, it might be more trouble than it's worth. I'll just stick with recording my rides with the 200 I think.

Rod Smith
09-20-2013, 07:23 PM
Hi, I was referring to the 2013 link sent yesterday. For some reason my web browser was causing the hiccup.

I'll look out for you at the start line; the pink bike is very distinctive! I'll be riding a red and white Cannondale synapse with red sidewalls and a rack.

I'll look for you and the Ngs. I'll going to try to get there early and start near the front. I'll be wearing green Proteus jersey, blue and white Giro helmet. Probably green hybrid, maybe silver hybrid. If I don't get busy soon with some wrenching and laundering, I'll be on a Cabi, wearing a t-shirt and cotton dockers, commando style. :p

Rod Smith
09-21-2013, 05:11 AM
Red Bike Maryland jersey, green bike, skipping chain.

Rod Smith
09-21-2013, 06:16 PM
Give me a T for Texas, give me a T for Tennessee. Mississippi Ave SE.
http://i478.photobucket.com/albums/rr147/Rod_Smith/bike/50%20States%20Ride%202013/DSC06961.jpg (http://s478.photobucket.com/user/Rod_Smith/media/bike/50%20States%20Ride%202013/DSC06961.jpg.html)

Michigan Ave NE
http://i478.photobucket.com/albums/rr147/Rod_Smith/bike/50%20States%20Ride%202013/DSC06979.jpg (http://s478.photobucket.com/user/Rod_Smith/media/bike/50%20States%20Ride%202013/DSC06979.jpg.html)

Traction in the rain. University Terrace NW
http://i478.photobucket.com/albums/rr147/Rod_Smith/bike/50%20States%20Ride%202013/DSC06990.jpg (http://s478.photobucket.com/user/Rod_Smith/media/bike/50%20States%20Ride%202013/DSC06990.jpg.html)

eminva
09-21-2013, 06:32 PM
University Terrace in the rain! Sufferfest!

Congrats to all. 50 States Ride is a nice trophy to have.

Liz

bobco85
09-21-2013, 09:34 PM
First time participating in the 50 States Ride, and it was epic! I was lucky enough to finish before the rain came, but it did make the ride home more enjoyable.

I have to admit, I wasn't expecting so many hills and I was a bit intimidated by this ride, but I kept Velominati rule #5 in my head at all times to get through it. The best part is that this ride was the biggest challenge for me this year and I was able to successfully complete it.

Special thanks to everyone who helped me on Independence Ave today when a piece (metal arm connecting to my frame) of my bike rack decided to break and the whole thing fell backwards. A quick MacGyvering with a BikeArlington leg strap and bungie cord (I will pass it on to someone I help on the trail), and I was able to continue.

I also survived a vicious attack from a dog while stuck in the traffic jam at the beginning of the ride. Okay, not a vicious attack, but the dog did lick my leg and then proceeded to try to chew on my foot (his owner was alert enough to pull him away before any slobber was transferred).

3711

Interesting statistics: according to Strava, I climbed almost the same feet as I burned calories (2896 feet climbed, 2881 calories burned) on the ride (this does not include biking to/from the event from my apartment in Ballston)

Other pics:

At the start
3712

PA Ave cycletrack
3713

"Velominati Rule 5, Velominati Rule 5, ..." at the 3rd checkpoint (I was getting tired)
3714

After-party at the Mellow Mushroom
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Justin Antos
09-22-2013, 09:19 AM
Special thanks to everyone who helped me on Independence Ave today when a piece (metal arm connecting to my frame) of my bike rack decided to break and the whole thing fell backwards. A quick MacGyvering with a BikeArlington leg strap and bungie cord (I will pass it on to someone I help on the trail), and I was able to continue.


Ha! That was me and DSalovesh on Independence! The bungie cord has also helped me carry corn on the cob (http://bikearlingtonforum.com/showthread.php?5773-bringing-home-groceries-on-your-bike&p=63486#post63486) many times. Give to the next person who needs it, for good bike karma :). Glad to hear the rest of the ride went well!

FeltZ85
09-22-2013, 09:25 AM
Thanks to the WABA folks who helped me with my flat, in the rain, with just a few miles to go. It would have taken me forever to fix that without them! I owe you!

Justin Antos
09-22-2013, 09:26 AM
Do I spy Consularrider (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28978054@N00/9865547264/)? Good riding with you, even as we looped back around to hit Delaware :).

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7367/9865547264_fcaa32e7f8_z.jpg

And Rootchopper, followed by RamblingRider (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28978054@N00/9864254936/):

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7379/9864254936_f10972e0cd_z.jpg

Justin Antos
09-22-2013, 09:31 AM
In that last one from Rod - just when I thought the steep hill and downpour had crushed my soul, that guy (brown bike on my left) passed me. On a single-speed.

Justin Antos
09-22-2013, 09:35 AM
Rod, KLizotte, and the Ngs approach the top of Alaska Ave (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28978054@N00/9864741054/):

http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3710/9864741054_3f2ce9e88b_z.jpg

dcv
09-22-2013, 02:34 PM
Rod, KLizotte, and the Ngs

good meeting you Justin, thanks

bobco85
09-22-2013, 05:27 PM
Ha! That was me and DSalovesh on Independence! The bungie cord has also helped me carry corn on the cob (http://bikearlingtonforum.com/showthread.php?5773-bringing-home-groceries-on-your-bike&p=63486#post63486) many times. Give to the next person who needs it, for good bike karma :). Glad to hear the rest of the ride went well!

Thanks, you guys! You were really clutch in that situation! I'll pass it on in full.

KLizotte
09-22-2013, 05:29 PM
Photo of Justin Antos I think:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/28978054@N00/9864684426/in/photostream/

The Ngs:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/28978054@N00/9864752236/in/photostream/

KLizotte
09-22-2013, 11:30 PM
Many thanks to dcv's family and Rod Smith for allowing me to tag along with them on the 50 States ride. dcv was an awesome navigator; all we had to do was follow him. dcv won't brag but his 12 year old (!) son completed the ride with nary a complaint or bead of sweat in evidence. Whippersnappers, get off my lawn!

Rod's bike rattles safely scared all the squirrels away but was defenseless against evil plastic bags.

dcv
09-23-2013, 04:33 AM
Thanks Kathy for riding with us, had a great time with you and Rod. After the ride my son reminded me he's actually 13, I'm the best dad ever. Not!
I'm a dummy, you're better at guessing his age than I am.


Many thanks to dcv's family and Rod Smith for allowing me to tag along with them on the 50 States ride. dcv was an awesome navigator; all we had to do was follow him. dcv won't brag but his 12(!) son completed the ride with nary a complaint or bead of sweat in evidence. Whippersnappers, get off my lawn!

Rod's bike rattles safely scared all the squirrels away but was defenseless against evil plastic bags.

consularrider
09-23-2013, 08:58 AM
It was great to see so many Forum members out there on Saturday. I ended up skipping the descent to Arizona and the climb back up Garfield and University Terrace. For some unkown reason my rear shifting just stopped at the AU rest stop. I also skipped the Mellow Mushroom after ride party since I was trying to get home before the rain. No such luck, it hit as I was passing the Kennedy Center. I took the long way around the Arlington loop to avoid the Rosslyn climb and ended the day with 90 miles. Add yesterday's Back Roads Century and I did get my 300 km weekend in. I'm pooped.

Rod Smith
09-23-2013, 07:02 PM
Lots of fun. I rode with many forum friends. Except for one sub 3 minute mile in SE that must have been all downhill, my fastest splits were chasing the Ngs from Capitol Hill to Hains Point. (I made a Strava segment of that part :p). I tried hard to stay with DCV and family because I've been on a few rides with Vince and I know his wheel is a good one to follow. I think he made two wrong turns, which I'm sure is fewer than the vast majority of riders made. Unfortunately, both times were among the rare moments I was ahead of him. When I realized I'd dropped the guy I was following, I back-tracked and dithered, but both times managed to get back on, the second time with KLizotte's help.

Before Vince caught a flat in SE, we were in a group that included PeteD (who we rode with from the start) and consularrider, but they didn't realize there was a mechanical and kept going. Luckily the marshall that had a floor pump did notice and turned around to help. Of course we had the ability to inflate bicycle tires, but not as good as he did. :)

So we lost Pete and Chris, but as the repair was completed, Klizotte found us, and we managed to stay together most of the rest of the way. I got dropped when a baggie got caught up in my derailleur, and we lost Kathy when she got wedged between two Metro buses (ouch), but we both managed to get back on.

Justin Antos who we saw pulling into rest stops as we were leaving and where the course comes back to itself at Pennsylvania and 38th SE caught us at the AU rest stop and dropped us on University Terrace. He would have passed us sooner but after looking at his GPS track I see he either got horribly lost or decided to add some extra miles to the ride. I'm pretty sure it was the latter. :)

bobco85
09-25-2013, 06:49 PM
I just finished my video for this ride! I figure it should be on this thread, so here it is:


http://youtu.be/4bMVEjCooW0

The video parts are all in chronological order, even if some of the streets aren't exactly in order (note where Florida is). I used the best footage I had of each street. Also, I was tired when riding on Utah Ave and almost completely missed getting any footage on it.

Hopefully Youtube will let me keep this video up. I got a copyright notice (which I have disputed) for having "The Stars and Stripes Forever" performed by the U.S. Marine Corps Band, even though it is in the public domain and freely available for download and use from the USMB website.

Rootchopper
09-26-2013, 09:18 AM
No RAIN!!!???

KLizotte
09-26-2013, 09:37 AM
No RAIN!!!???

Some of us got a good drenching the last seven miles of the ride as well as heading home. :mad:

bobco85
09-27-2013, 10:04 AM
No RAIN!!!???

It started to rain after I had already made it safely inside the Mellow Mushroom. I did enjoy the rainy ride home, though :)