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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 1/16/2018
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#05

ROAD
Jan 15
51.6 miles
3:31 ride time
14.6 mph avg speed
1106 feet of climbing


It loos like you and HK are the only ones getting in 50s this year so far.

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posted 1/16/2018
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#05

ROAD
Jan 15
51.6 miles
3:31 ride time
14.6 mph avg speed
1106 feet of climbing


It loos like you and HK are the only ones getting in 50s this year so far.
-- posted by ptsbike
... with "so far" being the operative words, I'm sure.

Personally, I'm already looking forward to Spring.

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posted 1/20/2018
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HK,

Put me down for 66.

Today, #1
Distance: 50.03
Time: 3:04:13
Avg.: 16.26
Elevation: 2,080 feet

Decided that it was too nice of a day, especially in light of the extreme and persistent cold weather since Christmas, to ride the spin bike at the YMCA. Turned out to be a very smart decision. All of the others I invited were waiting for it to get 'warmer', or for the roads to be in better shape. Bah! Bah humbug! Thankfully I had one taker, and she was willing to get 50 with me.

We headed west into the teeth of a wind gusting to 30 mph with no shelter from the wind. On the flats it was all I could do to maintain 11 mph. Then we had some downhill sections, and a few places where there was some semblance of trees to shelter us from the wind. Made it to Spruce Creek averaging about 15.4 after some nice downhills to get there.

Then we turned east on PA 45. Even though we had to climb out of the depths of the valley, we finished with a 16.2 average. My legs were kinds dead by the end. But Well worth the effort!!!

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posted 1/21/2018
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#7
1/20
175.7km/109.17 miles
06:10:21
1831 ft climb
17.7 mph avg speed

Got an early start at 5:10, it was about 36F according to Wunderground. Bundled up with pretty much all I had, toe covers, leg warmers, arm warmers, base layer, and my new long sleeve shirt, and a balaclava of course.

Headed south-west on SR44, then took 44A over to SR439, then back east on SR42. Hit lots of cold patches where it got down to 34 maybe. Back on 44, I headed to north Deland and met up with the group at close to 9am. To be honest, I thought they would delay their ride, since most of them don't like the cold. There was only 6 of us anyhow.

So did the normal Saturday route up Marsh road, and over to US17. I barely kept up most of the time. Made it to the rest point, and then headed north on CR3 with only 4 of us. At the gas station in Pierson where we normally take a break, we kept going, and I had to throw in the towel as they were taking the long way back, and I didn't have enough left to keep up with them.

So I turned back to Deland by myself, and made it the last 20 miles. If I had stayed with the other guys, there would have been 10 more miles at a higher speed, I would have been dropped anyhow.

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posted 1/21/2018
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#8
1/21
132.6km/82.39 miles
04:14:55
1574 ft climb
19.39 mph avg speed

After yesterdays ride, I didn't think I'd be up for a long ride today, but I got out at 6am, and headed over to Pete's place anyhow. It was much warmer today, with only arms warmers needed. I figured I could bail if I couldn't stand the pace or the distance.

Actually had to wait at Pete's place for the other 2 riders, so we ended up leaving at almost 7am. Headed north and did part of the Saturday route, with the intention to keep going north. But we ran into some light rain, and saw more rain north, so we headed west over to Deleon Springs instead.

Came back to Deland on Grand, and then took the Blue Springs trail down to Orange City. We stopped at Beresford park for a rain delay, as the rain finally caught up to us, but it was only a brief shower. In fact, the sun came out and we had to stop to take off layers (the other guys did, I had already taken off my arm warmers).

Down 17/92 to Debary, around Konomac Lake and then hit the Gemini Springs trail, and took that over to the Enterprise trail (all one big trail now). I did start to flag at this point, and was getting left behind, but they slowed down a bit, and let me catch up.

Took the trail to Deltona, and then headed back north to Deland. Pete wanted to go home, and I thought we were going to Larry's house, so we nearly crashed as I leaned in to turn, and he was going straight. Handlebars got caught up for a second, but I popped out and recovered OK.

After that excitement, it was back home down SR472.

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posted 1/21/2018
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Beertruck Half #1
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50.4 miles
2:43 ride time
600 jumbo ft climb
18.55 mph avg speed

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posted 1/21/2018
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#06

ROAD
Jan 21
126.6 miles
8:56 ride time
14.1 mph avg speed
1723 feet of climbing

Silver Comet & Chief Ladiga Trails - Rambo Nursery to Germania Springs Park and Return
Elapsed Time 10:07

Didn't ride yesterday. I wanted a 200k, which would pretty much take all day. Both yesterday and today had forecast 30 temp variations, and I thought it would be easier if I didn't start off bundled up for sub-freezing temps. And last night would be the first one that didn't go below freezing since Tuesday's snow storm, which would give ice on the shaded portions of the Trail a chance to melt. And finally, I was afraid that even a short ride yesterday would slow today's ride into more of a slog than it turned out to be.

You might wonder if I accomplished anything, since it was +32F when I started, but as usual, the temp plunged when I turned off the main road to Rambo Nursery--it had been 5 warmer 'til then. But I was OK with two layers, instead of the three I'd have been wearing if I rode yesterday. Started 6 min before sunrise.

14.2mph to Brushy Mtn Tunnel. This was not going to be a stellar day. Heard a clicking noise behind me, then hit a sunny spot and saw the shadow of a dog chasing me. Picked up the pace to leave it behind--I never actually saw the dog.

15.2mph to Rockmart, which is quite slow when you consider that 40% of the ride to this point was the descent from Brushy Mtn Tunnel.

13.8mph to Cedartown, where I topped off my bottles. 13.9mph to State Line Gateway Park. Took off one layer (balaclava, base layer, leg warmers, glove liners), leaving me with arm and knee warmers, skullcap, and fingered gloves.

Saw my first other cyclists 7 miles over the Alabama line, 46 miles into the ride.

14.4mph to Piedmont. I should have changed my skullcap for a sweatband here, as it was getting quite a bit warmer, but I toughed it out to Germaina Springs Park. 14.6mph here. Filled my bottles. Rolled my knee warmers down. I had chosen relatively tall socks today, so there'd be no gap below my leg warmers, and I rolled them over my knee warmers. This kept the rolled knee warmers from bouncing around--I wish I'd thought of this before.

Still had 14.6mph back to Piedmont. The clerk at the convenience store commented on how long it had been since she'd seen me. She was right--my last century was 7 weeks ago, Dec 3. Zipper on my saddle wedge bag broke. I was carrying an old toe strap in case all my cold weather wouldn't fit in my pockets and I needed to strap it to something, so I used it to bind the bag closed.

14.5mph back to State Line Gateway Park. Still had 14.5mph back to Cedartown, where I filled my bottles and took off my arm warmers. I'd need to finish off the last 29 miles in two hours if I wanted a sub-10-hr elapsed time. That would just barely be possible if I was having a good day, so it was pretty much out of the question today.

14.3mph coming out of the hills at Grady Rd, 14.2mph back to Rockmart. The ~6.5 mile "climb" back to Brushy Mtn Tunnel took me 32 min, and I arrived there with a 14.1mph average. Couldn't bring it up in the "fast" last 8.5 miles.

Passed with 3 miles remaining I hadn't been passed since the Sky Loop group ride on Dec 2, 649 miles ago.

Finished 17 min before sunset. +58F when I got in my car a half-hour later, although it was certainly warmer when the sun was still up. Riding time on the return was 13 min slower than outbound.
post edited on 1/23/2018 at 8:23:07 AM

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posted 1/22/2018
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#1, 3:40:24, 53.32 miles, 14.52 mph, 179 feet

First 50 miler on the Catrike. Windy - NNW 13-21 G 21-25

My endurance has really suffered from my forced month off the bike (trike). Hopefully, I'll regain it quickly.


-- posted by tojesky


Congrats on being able to get back out.

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My endurance has really suffered from my forced month off the bike (trike). Hopefully, I'll regain it quickly.


-- posted by tojesky


The trike is harder, but it's fun. You'll get used to it soon.

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posted 1/27/2018
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#2
55.1 miles
3:33:43 time
15.5 average
3547' of Climb
Finally a second 50. The weather was fairly warm, but lack of mileage kept me from doing a metric.
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