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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 6/16/2018
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#14
62.1 miles
3:47:50 time
16.3 average
4193 elevation

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posted 6/16/2018
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#35

ROAD
Jun 16
126.3 miles
8:12 ride time
15.4 mph avg speed
2373 feet of climbing

Silver Comet & Chief Ladiga Trails - Mavell Rd to Co Rd 92 (3rd intersection in Alabama) and Return
Elapsed time 9:20

Front tire of the Motobecane was really soft this morning. Figured it would be quicker to move my pump, bags, and lights to the Schwinn, than to change the tube. In retrospect, it would have been even quicker just to swap front wheels.

This was my first ride on the Schwinn since I had Boneshaker's replace the headset and a couple spokes. +73F when I got started, but there was a terrible sound from the rear derailleur, like it was fatally out of trim. Coasted to a picnic table in the Mavell Rd lot, leaned my bike against it, and took a look. The end of my shift cable had gotten threaded through the derailleur cage, and was clicking on the jockey wheel. Pulled it out, and really got going at sunrise, about 25 min later than I'd intended. Discovered I'd inadvertently mixed my sports drink at half-strength. But just the first bottle--my zip-locs for refills were all OK.

Chased a couple guys who'd prepared next to me at the trailhead, which got me into a high-speed mindset. Don't remember my speeds any more, but it was in the high 16's (mph) at Florence Rd (where I stopped to turn off my lights) and Tara Drummond.

The weird damage to the trail was stil there, just before Tara Drummond. I figured that as long as I stood, it wouldn't matter how fast I hit it. 19mph--I think I went airborne. I know my front wheel lifted, because I felt it land. That distracted me from paying attention to what the rear wheel did.

Shortly after leaving Tara Drummond, someone pulled up next to me and asked about my bike. I'd just gotten to the part about none of the components being original, when he fell in behind me to make way for an oncoming cyclist. I'd picked up the pace so he wouldn't have to slow down, and inadvertently dropped him.

Had 17.0mph avg making my way through Rockmart, but had to slow down in the trailhead lot, and had 16.9mph when I stopped. This gave me an excellent chance at 15mph for the ride. Filled my bottles.

0:59 from Rockmart to Cedartown, 16.0mph avg. Topped off my water bottle and talked to the staffer, who told me the local temp was 80.

Lost a couple tenths of a mph on my way out of town, but made it up in about 6 miles. Still had 16.0mph at the State Line, at the turn, and back to the State Line. There were four cyclists here, and I stopped here to catch my breath and talk for a bit. One of them was riding a '72 Schwinn World Sport, of which he was the original owner. (He seemed impressed by my 34t large sprocket.)

16.1mph avg at Martin Trailhead, where the trail leaves the old railbed. Surprised that I was able to keep that into Cedartown. The staffer told me it was now 88. Filled my bottles.

15.8mph avg coming out of the hills at Grady Rd. If I could have this at the end, I might get a sub-8-hr ride time, which would be very nice.

Cedartown to Rockmart in 0:59, arriving with a 15.6mph avg. I had no chance at a 16mph ride at this point, but 15.8 was still a possibility.

But the heat was starting to get to me. Rockmart to Brushy Mtn Tunnel in 28 min, which was as good as I could expect, but my average was down to 15.5mph. Stopped in the shade here, enjoyed the cool air coming out of the tunnel, and talked to a couple cyclists.

Kept 15.5mph as far as Pumpkinvine Creek Trestle, a local low point, but dropped to 15.4mph as I began "climbing" toward the trail's highest point.

Stopped at Tara Drummond, where I spent a unusually long time pouring sports drink powder between two zip-locs, so I could add one serving's worth to my bottle. Left with an hour (total) off the bike. I was sure to stop again, so I'd miss my usual goal of keeping my time off bike to an hour or less.

The weird damage, which had been marked with three orange cones, was now marked with about 20, plus "slow" and "bump" signs for each direction.

The "climb" to the Austell Rd underpass dropped my average to 15.3mph. Stopped at Floyd Rd. With only 4+ miles remaining, I figured I didn't need to worry about washing away my sunscreen, so I dumped a water bottle over myself, and refilled it so I could do it again at the end of the ride.

Gained that tenth of a mph back on the fast run to Mavell Rd. Riding time on the return was 16 min slower than outbound. Car thermometer read 101F when I started it about 45 min after the end of the ride. But tojesky has taught us not to believe those readings As I drove away, temp dropped to 93 before it climbed back to 97.
post edited on 6/16/2018 at 5:57:33 PM

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posted 6/17/2018
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#36

ROAD
Jun 17
52.2 miles
3:26 ride time
15.2 mph avg speed
825 feet of climbing

Silver Comet Trail - Floyd Rd to Brushy Mtn Tunnel and Return
Elapsed Time 3:46

Start about an hour and a half after sunrise, as planned. (I stayed up far too late last night trying to chase down the leak in the Motobecane's front tire. Finally, I gave up and just changed the tube, without knowing what the actual problem was.) +72F.

Lots of tree debris on the trail, due to yesterday evening's storm. Tree down at mile marker 15 (11 miles into the ride), but it was just trunk, so I easily lifted my bike over it.

Slowed for the weird damage today. 15.5mph to Tara Drummond, which was a bit of a surprise, considering how badly I was still feeling yesterday's ride.

15.0mph turning at Brushy Mtn Tunnel, about 10 sec ahead of a 15mph pace.

15.1mph crossing Pumpkinvine Creek Trestle (a local low point), but back to 15.0mph at Tara Drummond. I was about to leave when a woman came in who I recognized as having warned me about an approaching car at the McPherson Church Rd intersection. Her bike had a prominent Nashbar label, so I asked her about it. It was a 'cross bike--she'd won it in Nashbar's monthly drawing. This was her inaugural ride. She would have ridden the same route as I, but was finding the stock saddle uncomfortable, so turned back early. I ended up spending 15 min here.

Got a better count of the orange cones around the weird damage--there were 25 of them!

14.9mph coming off the trail's highest point, but I got back to 15.0 fairly quickly.

Sawdust on the trail marked where the downed tree had been cleared.

+86F at the end. Riding time on the return was 3 min faster than outbound.

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posted 6/17/2018
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#70
6/16
172.8km/107.3 miles
05:32:54
19.35 mph avg speed
1971 ft climb

Solo ride for first 35 miles or so, I ended up going back home befire I ment the group at the shop, since I forgot something.

The group started out slow, then got fast as usual in the usual spots, so I got dropped. I have to have really got day with fresh legs to keep up at 27mpg in the mini hills.

Back together again, headed north again up to Pierson, then back down CR-3 and Grand Ave, managed to keep up OK except for a couple of sprints.

I was a little short of 100 miles when we stopped at my place for beer, so it took some mind over matter to get me back on the bike so I could finish a century. I ended up riding with the group back to Juan's place, had 1 beer, then came back.

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posted 6/17/2018
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#71
6/17
105.2km/65.37 miles
03:21:38
19.45 mph avg speed
1216 ft climb

I wasn't sure if my legs had recovered from yesterdays fast ride, but I went out anyhow. We rode as a group down to Longwood, going fast, but not crazy fast. We met up with the big group for the Lakemonte ride, and started going pretty fast.

Surprising to me, I managed to keep up ok, apart from the times I got too close to the front and had to go really fast. Once I pull out of the draft, I always have trouble getting back in, and end up at the back every time. Set a few PR's and had a 1 mile strava segment at 30mph - it helps to be in a big group.

There was a sprint near the end where I ended up in a lagging group, but I wasn't by myself so I didn't care.
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