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2018 Fifty Mile Challenge
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posted 1/1/2018
at 7:52:27 AM
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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 7:49:58 PM

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posted 11/30/2018
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#143
11/25
161.6km/100.4 miles,
05:27:36
18.4mph avg
1453 ft

Out early at about 5:30am, just arm warmers today. Got in about 40 miles be fore meeting Ricardo at a Walmart in Deltona. He was waiting in line to get his car serviced, and we ended up waiting nearly an hour. I wasn't impressed with Service Center, they didn't have enough people, and everything took way too long.

Finally got going again 9am, Ricardo is a beast and can drop me like nothing whenever he wants, but he wanted to take it easy today. He only dropped me about 5 times, and most of the time he didn't know it until I was way back.

We stopped at Panera for a coffee, and I did a little better after that. Stopped at our house in Orange City for another break, then he went home, I spent the rest of the day there fixing stuff before going home via the Blue Springs trail, including the new part which isn't quite finished.

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posted 11/30/2018
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#144 - 11/27 - 145.5km/90.41 miles, 04:52:55, 18.52mph avg, 1268 ft
two separate rides, morning and evening

#145 - 11/29 - 113.8km/70.7 miles, 04:11:44, 16.85mph avg, 1018 ft
another 2 rides, morning ride was in the 30's

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posted 12/2/2018
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#74

ROAD
Dec 02
52.4 miles
3:27 ride time
15.1 mph avg speed
825 feet of climbing

Silver Comet Trail - Floyd Rd to Brushy Mtn Tunnel & Return
Elapsed Time 3:54

Five cars at the trailhead when I arrived. Start 41 min after sunrise, +65F! Forecast high would tie today's daily record. Dressed for summer.

Light fog. When I got onto the Trail, I could see the "Don't Walk" sign at the first intersection, about a half mile away, but nothing around it. Trail very wet from yesterday's rain (the warm front coming through). A lot of debris on the trial - mostly leaves and pine needles, but a few tree limbs.

15.5mph to Tara Drummond, 65 sec ahead of a 15mph pace. 15.0mph to the turn at Brushy Mtn Tunnel, 22 sec ahead.

Stopped a Castle Rock on the way back to take a "summer kit" picture.

December in Georgia


I'd gained 5 sec by the time I got back to Tara Drummond, where I filled my water bottle.

Only lost 13 sec on the way to the Trail's highest point (so, if you haven't been keeping a running total, I was now 14 sec ahead of a 15mph pace). Set a personal best on a Strava segment between Tara Drummond and the high point, which is kind of strange for a day so unimpressive overall. I must have really wanted to hold on to 15mph.

1 min ahead at Rosedale Dr (10 miles remaining). Three oncoming cyclists told me Rosedale was clear, but of course they had no idea what had happened in the few seconds since they crossed it (there's a very limited sight distance at Rosedale). Fortunately, I knew better than to believe them.

2 min ahead at Florence Rd (7 miles remaining). Topped off my water bottle.

2 min ahead at Industry Dr, 4 miles remaining. I couldn't hold on to all of this, but I kept enough.

+70F at the end, just over 2 min ahead of 15mph. Riding time on the return was about a minute and a half faster than outbound.

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posted 12/9/2018
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Has no one else ridden all week?

#75

ROAD
Dec 09
52.4 miles
3:36 ride time
14.5 mph avg speed
825 feet of climbing

Silver Comet Trail - Floyd Rd to Brushy Mtn Tunnel & Return
Elapsed Time 3:49

Started about an hour after noon, as the morning was rainy (as was all day yesterday). +37F.

A couple small trees across the trail. Lifted my bike over the first one. Rode over the tip of the second one--if I'd seen all the leafless twigs around the top, I probably would have lifted my bike over this one, too.

A casual cyclist turned on to the trail ahead of me from ... maybe Ewing Rd. This was the only cyclist I saw on the outbound leg.

Just barely has a 15mph pace at Tara Drummond (my calculation put me 0.2 sec ahead!). This wasn't a good sign. A wind advisory had ended at noon, but assuming the winds would still be present, just with lower speed, I'd have a headwind on the return.

About a minute and a quarter behind a 15mph pace turning at the Tunnel. It only got worse from here.

Started seeing other cyclists as I approached Cobb Co. Saw a total of 7 on the return leg, although I think I saw a pair twice (once coming toward me, and once when they caught and passed me), so only 5 different cyclists.

Downed trees had been cleared.

+41F at the end. Riding time on the return was 4 min slower than outbound.

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posted 12/10/2018
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Has no one else ridden all week?

I got a few rides in, but no 50's. Mid 30's all week, then this weekend we got snow dumped on us plus 4 more inches this morning. It's going to get in the mid teens tonight, so whatever is there is going to be around for a while. Not sure I will try riding in the dark on ice/snow covered trails.

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posted 12/10/2018
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#146 - 11/30 - 88.3km/54.9 miles, 03:02:18, 18.06mph avg, 912 ft
Easy paced group ride, fast guys were riding gravel instead.

#147 - 12/4 - 148.3km/92.15 miles, 05:15:04, 17.55mph avg, 1197 ft
2 rides, broke my rear shifter cable on the morning ride, so took the Fuji Cross for the evening ride, a bit slower, but not too bad.

#148 - 12/6 - 111.3km/69.16 miles, 04:07:05, 16.79mph avg, 1127 ft
Another 2 rides, still working on my Mekk, so rode Trek morning and Fuji evening.

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posted 12/10/2018
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#149
12/8
163km/101.28 miles,
05:31:03
18.36mph avg
1586 ft

Well, when my rear shifter cable broke, I decided to finally install the 11-speed groupset I'd bought from a friend almost a month ago. I figured why bother replacing only the cable if I'd have to take it all apart again when replacing the shifters.

However, I ran into an issue with the internal cable routing for the rear brake - there is a hex screw that needs to be removed where the cable comes thru the top tube, and it is stuck solid. Looks like I'll need to drill it out. So the Mekk is out of commission until I get it fixed.

So I tried my first century on the Fuji Cross, I had adjusted the seat up a bit from a few days ago, and it actually made a big difference in my comfort and speed.

So out at 4:40 or so, and ended up doing 40 miles before meeting the group. I was able to keep up OK for the first hour, but got dropped on the sprint. Then dropped again a few more times when the speed hit around 25mph for too long - at least I had a good excuse due to the extra weight of the Fuji (Alu frame and 700x40 tires). I think some of the guys were trying to drop me, or maybe they just forgot I had the slower bike (or maybe they know it doesn't matter what bike I have, so they might as well go fast).

Got a brief rest at the gas station in Pierson, then back home the usual way. I have a new seat coming I think I'll put on the Fuji, as the one it came with isn't really that comfortable.
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