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brendan
06-27-2011, 07:53 PM
Anyone else ride the Total 200 last Saturday?

Brendan

Dirt
06-28-2011, 07:34 AM
I'm so jealous! I registered, even paid for the damn jersey, then my best friend decided to get married that day. No problems.... I'll do the metric and be in the barn in plenty of time for the wedding. NOPE. She needed me to set up and also photograph the wedding.

Next year. How was it? I didn't look at the route. I'm guessing it is something that couldn't be easily ridden outside of the event. A

Tim Kelley
06-28-2011, 07:51 AM
I wanted to do this too, but a family vacation came up.

We're going to do a self supported version later this summer, right Pete?

Dirt
06-28-2011, 08:36 AM
Sir, yes sir!

brendan
06-28-2011, 09:38 AM
Self supported? Oof. How many people?

I suppose y'all are more experienced with these kind of distances? But I think I only survived it because I could waterfall from faster pacelines/groups to more laid-back ones as the day went on. :)

A friend who fell off the back of the pacelines early and spent most of the day solo had a really hard day and finally volunteered to be swept about 2/3 of the way through the ride.

B

Dirt
06-28-2011, 09:51 AM
I do 3-5 organized centuries per year. I do 10-20 rides of 100 miles or longer per year on my own. 200 miles in a small group that worked well together would be fun and possible. Unfortunately work has me behind schedule for long rides this year. I've only done 4 or 5 long rides so far. We'll have to do this in the fall.

Tim... I was also looking at possibly doing something in the Shenandoah valley... Between Winchester and Staunton. I need to research that and do some exploring. I just haven't had time.

StopMeansStop
06-28-2011, 11:06 AM
Damn. 20 miles is a long ride for me.

eminva
06-29-2011, 12:35 PM
Damn. 20 miles is a long ride for me.

It's just a slippery slope from riding out to Ashburn for barbeque to riding in a 200 mile event. And from there to trying to figure out how to tell your spouse you want to train for RAAM.

Liz

CCrew
06-29-2011, 02:07 PM
Tim... I was also looking at possibly doing something in the Shenandoah valley... Between Winchester and Staunton. I need to research that and do some exploring. I just haven't had time.

There's a century in Berryville I think it's Septemberish.

Tim Kelley
06-29-2011, 02:30 PM
It's just a slippery slope from riding out to Ashburn for barbeque to riding in a 200 mile event. And from there to trying to figure out how to tell your spouse you want to train for RAAM.

Liz

Convincing her I want to do another Ironman was hard enough!

DaveK
06-29-2011, 02:34 PM
There's a century in Berryville I think it's Septemberish.

That's the Back Roads Century put on by Potomac Pedalers. It's all rolling, not much (if any) flat terrain. Very well run event though, the support is fantastic. I'll probably do it again this year depending on the date.

CCrew
06-29-2011, 05:53 PM
That's the Back Roads Century put on by Potomac Pedalers. It's all rolling, not much (if any) flat terrain. Very well run event though, the support is fantastic. I'll probably do it again this year depending on the date.

Yeah...I live just a couple miles from berryville off rt7. Not much flat here I'll vouch for that.

Http://www.backroadscentury.org

creadinger
07-20-2011, 03:01 PM
If you want some long distance ride options this fall, there's also the DC Randonneurs (www.dcrand.org). All the hard core randonneurs are gearing up for Paris-Brest-Paris right now, but starting in August they'll run one 200K ride/month through December.

I am too slow to ride 200 miles in a day so congrats to you insane folks that did the Total 200! For next year I'm going to try to work up to a 300K. Last fall I did my first 200K brevet so I'm slowly working up to riding 100+ miles on a regular basis.

tuba_transport
09-19-2011, 02:40 PM
The boys did the ride yesterday. 200+ miles knocked out of the park.

Dirt
09-20-2011, 08:30 AM
It was a fun ride.
http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6073/6161318046_1e42255912_b.jpg
Crossing the Patuxent

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6151/6161318814_327920f459_b.jpg
Riding south through Maryland.

I like that the hills were mostly packed into the last 60 miles. :D

Definitely a great day in the saddle. Ended up with 221 miles in 12h40m.

ronwalf
09-20-2011, 11:08 AM
http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6151/6161318814_327920f459_b.jpg

I'm starting to feel inadequate without a powertap.

Tim Kelley
09-20-2011, 11:21 AM
I'm starting to feel inadequate without a powertap.

I'm starting to feel inadequate looking at the size of that guys legs!!

Dirt
09-20-2011, 12:24 PM
I'm starting to feel inadequate without a powertap.
You were smart to wait on the Powertap. The 2012 powertaps are awesome. Smaller, lighter and they put all the expensive electronics in an end cap that can easily be removed and switched out. If something goes wrong, you can swap out the electronics with a dummy cap and continue to use the wheel while you send back the electronics for repair. I seem to remember reading that it uses a better battery set-up too.

It even tempts me.... and I'm a fairly determined powertap skeptic.

JustinW
09-21-2011, 06:25 AM
Powertap = what?

Dirt
09-21-2011, 07:46 AM
Powertap = what?
It is a power meter that is built into the hub of the rear wheel. It measures how many watts the rider is putting out. If you look at the photo of Tim and Mark drafting, each of their rear hubs looks unusually large. If you tell them that it makes their butts look big, they'll be less smug about always riding with a power meter. ;)

DaveK
09-21-2011, 08:49 AM
If you look at the photo of Tim and Mark drafting, each of their rear hubs looks unusually large.

That's what she said.