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2018 Fifty Mile Challenge
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posted 1/1/2018
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Welcome to the 2018 Fifty Mile Challenge.
Join at any time. Let me know if you name isn't in the spreadsheet and I'll add you in.



A fifty plus ride is a ride that meets the following:
1. A ride of 50.0 miles or more in any one day or a combination of several rides in one day.
2. Only one fifty per day may be counted.
3. Rides of longer distances that qualify for other challenges may also be posted here.
4. Rides posted in this challenge may be posted in other challenges as well, but must conform to their rules.

Although not required, please include:
5. Type of ride; Road (included paved bike trails,) Mountain, Rollers, Trainer, etc.
See post #2 for a sample post
Pictures would be nice as well!


Thanks to Markiansj, SloJoe, and tojesky who hosted this challenge before.

As you can see, I've changed this to a self posting thread, but if you have a tablet or phone, and can't post, just post your ride and ask someone to enter it for you, its not hard.

Previous Years:

2017 Fifty Mile Challenge

2016 Fifty Mile Challenge

2015 Fifty Mile Challenge

2014 Fifty Mile Challenge



If the table below is too hard to work with, try the link below:


2018 Fifty Mile Challenge




thread edited on 1/4/2018 at 6:49:58 PM

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posted 9/18/2018
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Fifty Miler #50
Date: 9/14
Time: 5:46:08
Distance: 96.05
Avg.: 16.65
Elev.: 4,776'

On home turf. Knew the route I wanted to take, and headed out from my hotel in Groton, up to Rte. 184, then 117. Went by the old house, still unoccupied. Then down Town Farm Road to Shewville Road, and up to North Stonington. Went into Voluntown, then cut across into Rhode Island...doing some off roading! STEEP descent on a dirt/rock/gravel road, then a more gradual ascent on a similar road, then relatively flat, passing Camp Yawgoog, a Boy Scout camp. Finally back into civilization and onto paved roads, I turned onto RI 138. By now, the thick fog had lifted into a gray overcast. Passed Laurel Lane Golf course, a pace my day played many a time back in the day!

Finally made it to Narragansett Bay, and worked my way south on and off 1-A, finally getting onto U.S. 1 for a while. Then back off onto 1-A, and by Misquamicut Beach. Back onto 1-A, then onto U.S. 1, and back to my hotel. The last 40 miles was partly sunny. Very humid, but very beautiful!

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posted 9/18/2018
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Fifty Miler #51
Date: 9/15
Time: 7:17:20
Distance: 130.09
Avg.: 17.85
Elev.: 3,222'

My Long Island Double Metric Century. Took the New London-Orient Point Ferry, embarking in dense fog, then out into sunshine not far across the Sound. Got off the boat and started riding at 8:00 a.m., heading west-southwest through Orient, Oysterponds, East Marion. Stayed on North Road, then Soundview Road, before heading south back onto NY 25. Eventually got into Riverhead, where I stopped to refuel in the sunny, warm, muggy conditions.

Then headed east-southeast on NY 24, then went through Hampton Bays before getting onto the Montauk Highway. There I started to encounter some of the rider riding from Brooklyn to Montauk Point. I joined one group for a few miles, but opted off to stop for a bite to eat and refuel at Hampton Bays Coffee Company. Cranberry Walnut muffin was delicious!

Got back onto the Montauk Highway, 56 miles in thus far, 74 to go. Through Southampton; Bridgehampton; East Hampton. By now I finally caught a group of four riders. One was from Columbia. He races. He had just flown back into the country teh evening before. Another rider was young, getting ready to travel to Europe with the first guy to compete in a junior world event of some kind. I stayed with them all the way to Montauk Point. That was mile 86. Still had 44 to go!

Refueled in Montauk, then headed back west to East Hampton, then off onto NY 114 to Sag Harbor, then to the Shelter Island Ferry. That little break was nice, but I was getting close to a cut off time to make the 4:30 ferry back to the mainland. Rode pretty hard across Shelter Island, then onto the North Ferry to Greenport. Off that ferry, 9 miles to go. Pushed it hard, and was one of the last ones on the boat! Had a very nice conversation with a woman on the way back, chatting about goals and outdoor activities and such, and sharing a little of my journey. All in all a very successful day!

Finished it off with Fries (salt, baby! Salt!), a beer, and the best pizza on the planet - a bacon and pepperoni pizza from MYSTIC PIZZA!!!! Yummm!!

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posted 9/18/2018
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#41 road 09/18/2018

50.3 miles
3:10 time
4:20 tot. time
780' elev.

Warm, sunny, humid ride today.

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Fifty Miler #52
Date: 9/19
Time: 2:52:10
Distance: 50.40
Avg.: 17.56
Elev.: 2,143'

Back in Central Pennsylvania. And warm and still pretty humid! After running with my running partner on her break from work, I changed gear, and headed out for an afternoon ride. Started on the west side of State College, snaked my way to Pine Grove Mills, then headed west-southwest on PA 45 through Piney Ridge, Rock Springs; Pennsylvania Furnace, Seven Stars, Franklinville, and into Spruce Creek. Then up Eden Hill, and back toward State College. A nice day for a nice ride.

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#42 road 09/20/2018

50.3 miles
3:07:30 time
4:20 tot. time
780' elev.

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posted 9/22/2018
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#24
63.1 miles
3:56:20 time
16.0 average
4311 elevation

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posted 9/22/2018
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#58

ROAD
Sep 22
127.2 miles
8:58 ride time
14.1 mph avg speed
2373 feet of climbing


New bar tape on the Motobecane. I don't think I've ever changed it since I installed it on the Maruishi in late 2013. But I recently got a loose wrap on each drop which was a bit embarrassing.

Start 34 min after sunrise. I don't know when I'll learn that a "quick chain clean and lube" in the morning before a ride is never actually "quick". +70F.

With such a late start, there was quite a bit of congestion at the Atlanta end of the Trail. Leapfrogged a group of 2 or 3 cyclists a couple times (there were 2 of them when I first passed, but three when they passed me).

Slowly brought my average speed up, reaching 16.1mph rolling through Rockmart. A group of what looked like teenagers in "Adopt a Road" high-vis vests here, cleaning up litter on the trail.

Spectators at a kids sporting event in Nathan Dean Park had chairs set up on the trail. I called out "on your left" in my snottiest tone as I went by. Stopped to fill my bottles here.

15.1mph to Cedartown, where I talked to Joyce, who remembered that she hadn't seen me since the GRITS Labor Day ride.

Lost a couple tenths of a mph on the way out of town. Made one up by the State Line, still had it at the turn in Alabama, lost it on the way back to the State Line. Regained it by the the time I got back to Cedartown, where I was 4 sec ahead of a 15mph pace. Knew I'd never regain it after going through the hills. Told Joyce I'd be riding in the Birmingham Bicycle Club Century next weekend, filled my bottles.

I was starting to drag pretty severely. It was getting hot, and I haven't gotten an uninterrupted night's sleep for two weeks (and probably won't for the rest of my 12-year-old Lab-mix's life). 14.6mph coming out of the hills at Grady Rd.

14.4mph at Rockmart, topped off my bottles. The 14 miles from Cedartown had taken me 1:10.

14.0mph coming out of Brushy Mtn Tunnel. The 6 miles from Rockmart had taken me 37 min. But I shouldn't lose anything off my avg from here on, and might actually improve it a bit.

14.1mph back to Tara Drummond. Got off the bike and stood in the shade for a bit. Poured water on my arm sun-sleeves, and down the front and back of my jersey.

14.0mph cresting the Trail's highest point, but I had 14.1mph again by the time I got to Florence Rd. Poured water on myself again, and filled my water bottle. A pair of more casual cyclists on a tandem left before me. When I caught and passed them, the stoker was holding a book and reading aloud to the captain.

Still had 14.1mph at Floyd Rd, where I poured water over myself again, and filled my water bottle so I'd have it to rinse out my sports drink bottle after the ride.

+87F at the end. Riding time on the return was 29 min slower than outbound.
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