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2019 Fifty Mile Challenge
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posted 1/1/2019
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Welcome to the 2019 Fifty Mile Challenge.
Join at any time. Let me know if your 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:

2018 Fifty Mile Challenge

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:


2019 Fifty Mile Challenge




thread edited on 1/23/2019 at 3:27:30 PM

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posted 1/1/2019
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#01

ROAD
Jan 01
52.3 miles
3:27 ride time
15.1 mph avg speed
1308 feet of climbing

Silver Comet Trail - Floyd Rd to Brushy Mtn Tunnel and Return
Elapsed Time 3:50

Didn't expect to ride today, as I thought it would be raining. And it did start up again on my way to the trailhead. Sat in my car for a while, waiting for it to let up. Mid-morning start, +59F, and by the time I got on the bike, the rain had intensified again. Thought about quitting for 5 min, then the rain lightened up a bit, and it was just miserable (but I thought I could tough it out), then it stopped.

15.1mph to Tara Drummond. 14.7mph to Brushy Mtn Tunnel, where I spent some time taking a Happy New Year picture.

Eastern entrance to Brushy Mtn Tunnel on the Silver Comet Trail


14.9mph back to Tara Drummond, 15.0mph at Rosedale Dr (10 miles remaining).

Stopped at Florence Rd to top off my water bottle. Passed by DvilleDave on the US-278 overpass. Much to my surprise (and with the help of a couple intersections that stopped him, but not me), I kept him in sight until the end.

+64F at the end. Riding time on the return was almost 5 min faster than outbound.



I've been calculating my "feet of climbing" for rides on the Trail with a spreadsheet I made up with the elevations of every trailhead and mile marker. But now that I have a GPS logger, I think I should be able to do better. What's the most accurate, yet simple, source of elevation measurement? My spreadsheet puts this ride at 825 feet, which is certainly an underestimate. My GPS software puts it at over 3000 feet, which is nuts. Strava's 1300 feet seems credible.

Any ideas?
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Thanks for running this again for 2019, hairykiwi!

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posted 1/2/2019
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I see you have me down for 52, so I better get on it. Thanks for hosting.

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I've been calculating my "feet of climbing" for rides on the Trail with a spreadsheet I made up with the elevations of every trailhead and mile marker. But now that I have a GPS logger, I think I should be able to do better. What's the most accurate, yet simple, source of elevation measurement? My spreadsheet puts this ride at 825 feet, which is certainly an underestimate. My GPS software puts it at over 3000 feet, which is nuts. Strava's 1300 feet seems credible.

Any ideas?
-- posted by ericrrrm
A very good friend of mine is a land surveyor and we checked my elevation on a particular ride a while back. We found that that when I average the elevation between Strava and Ride with GPS that I got the closest to the actual measurement. That's the only idea I got.

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posted 1/2/2019
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Goals are the same as last year, let me know if you want to change, as the main sheet is protected.

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I've been calculating my "feet of climbing" for rides on the Trail with a spreadsheet I made up with the elevations of every trailhead and mile marker. But now that I have a GPS logger, I think I should be able to do better. What's the most accurate, yet simple, source of elevation measurement? My spreadsheet puts this ride at 825 feet, which is certainly an underestimate. My GPS software puts it at over 3000 feet, which is nuts. Strava's 1300 feet seems credible.

Any ideas?
-- posted by ericrrrm
A very good friend of mine is a land surveyor and we checked my elevation on a particular ride a while back. We found that that when I average the elevation between Strava and Ride with GPS that I got the closest to the actual measurement. That's the only idea I got.
-- posted by GeeWizMan

Do you know if one of Strava or Ride w/ GPS consistently ran higher than the other? If Strava runs low, I'd be glad to underestimate for simplicity's sake.

Thanks!

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Do you know if one of Strava or Ride w/ GPS consistently ran higher than the other? If Strava runs low, I'd be glad to underestimate for simplicity's sake.

Thanks!
-- posted by ericrrrm

With the testing I have done with Ride with GPS, Strava, and my Garmin 820, Ride with GPS has always shown the most elevation, and sometimes by quite a bit. Several guys I ride with use the Strava app. They are usually between 10-15% higher in elevation than my Garmin.

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With the testing I have done with Ride with GPS, Strava, and my Garmin 820, Ride with GPS has always shown the most elevation, and sometimes by quite a bit. Several guys I ride with use the Strava app. They are usually between 10-15% higher in elevation than my Garmin.
-- posted by ptsbike


Great! Between this and what GeeWizMan has said, it sounds like the Strava elevation is a reasonable (and simple) thing to go with. I'll try it for this year.

Thanks!

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My surgeon thinks I overdid it last year. But in light of that total, I think I should up my target to 40 this year.

I've found different Garmins give different readings for the same course. Since I ride the same circuit often, and it's a popular locale, I took the average of over a dozen readings from different people and use them for my rides at that location.

The late, great Raleighdon had a pressure sensing type of reader. He wrote of stopping for a bite to eat on a familiar route, when the weather changed. When he looked at his stats he found he had apparently climbed 5000 feet while he lunched.

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I've been calculating my "feet of climbing" for rides on the Trail with a spreadsheet I made up with the elevations of every trailhead and mile marker. But now that I have a GPS logger, I think I should be able to do better. What's the most accurate, yet simple, source of elevation measurement? My spreadsheet puts this ride at 825 feet, which is certainly an underestimate. My GPS software puts it at over 3000 feet, which is nuts. Strava's 1300 feet seems credible.

Any ideas?
-- posted by ericrrrm
A very good friend of mine is a land surveyor and we checked my elevation on a particular ride a while back. We found that that when I average the elevation between Strava and Ride with GPS that I got the closest to the actual measurement. That's the only idea I got.
-- posted by GeeWizMan

Do you know if one of Strava or Ride w/ GPS consistently ran higher than the other? If Strava runs low, I'd be glad to underestimate for simplicity's sake.

Thanks!
-- posted by ericrrrm
To answer your question, yes, Ride with GPS is always higher than Strava. For a typical 25 mile ride, Ride with GPS gives me 800 feet of elevation, while Strava gives me 500 feet and I average it out to 650 feet.
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