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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 4:27:30 PM

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posted 1/13/2019
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#05

ROAD
Jan 13
52.4 miles
3:14 ride time
16.2 mph avg speed
1307 feet of climbing

Silver Comet Trail - Floyd Rd to Brushy Mtn Tunnel and Return
Elapsed Time 3:33

Start 35 min after sunrise, +37F. A little colder than yesterday, but with calm winds, it felt warmer.

Felt like I got off to a good start, so I pushed myself to keep it up. Topped the Trail's highest point with a 16.1mph avg, arriving at Tara Drummond 1.8 miles later with 16.4, a minute and a half ahead of a 16mph pace.

Still a min and a half ahead turning at Brushy Mtn Tunnel, 16.2mph. I'd only seen one other cyclist (vialoux) on the outbound leg.

Still had 16.2mph back at Tara Drummond, 2 min ahead of 16mph. Lost 45 sec on the way to the Trail's highest point. But with 16.1mph here, I was heading for 16+mph overall, unless I fell apart. I did have 14 miles left to fall apart in, though

16.2mph at Florence Rd, 2 min ahead of 16mph. I was able to hold on to that in the remaining 7 miles.

+41F at the end. Riding time on the return was half a minute slower than outbound.

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posted 1/13/2019
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#1 - 1/1 - 83.4km/51.82 miles,02:45:44,18.76 avg, 877ft climb

#2 - 1/9 - 129.2km/80.28 miles,04:37:01,17.39 avg, 1705 ft climb
Two rides, a morning solo, then a group ride in the evening

#3 - 1/13 - 140.9km/87.55 miles,05:23:34,16.23 avg, 1102 ft climb
Group gravel ride after a solo 25 miles or so to get to the start of the ride. As usual, the guys went nuts on the first gravel (sand) road, and I barely managed to keep up - it was only about 3 miles, but it felt longer. At least the road was pretty smooth, no potholes.

The next part was about 17 miles on much worse sandy trails, a few mudholes, sandtraps, and lots of potholes and bumps. I started to struggle to keep up, especially after the big holes and mud, as I slow down too much to get thought them, then have to pedal like crazy to catch up. I ended up about 100ft behind a few times, but caught up at the end of that loop when we crossed SR40.

The next road was much the same, and I got dropped for good, although I knew we had a rest stop coming up, so I wasn't too worried.

Unfortunately (or was it fortunately?), I had to be home by 12, so I knew I'd have to cut the ride short at some point, After the rest stop, I kept up for a few more miles, but split off at the next dirt road, and headed home.

I missed another 7-10 miles of dirt road, one of which I had done before. Looks like some of my buddies set personal records on that road, so I would have been dropped again I'm sure.

My Fuji is definitely harder to go fast with, and I think I had the tires at too low a pressure, but at least it was a softer ride.

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#1 road 01/17/2019

50.3 miles
3:33:30 time
810' elev.

A little warmer today, and foul weather moves in this weekend, so I managed my first 50 of the year.

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posted 1/19/2019
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#06

ROAD
Jan 19
52.4 miles
3:21 ride time
15.6 mph avg speed
1308 feet of climbing

Silver Comet Trail - Floyd Rd to Brushy Mtn Tunnel and Return
Elapsed Time 4:06

Start 8 min after sunrise, +53F. Light fog. Conditions at the Trailhead suggested I'd have a tailwind outbound, and a headwind returning.

Moderate rain (I could hear it in the trees) started around the Trail's highest point. Pushed myself on the "descent" to Tara Drummond, arriving with a 16.3mph avg, about 1'10" ahead of a 16mph pace. Took shelter in the restroom, as I wasn't dressed for rain (single layers everywhere). I'd passed Yellow Schwinn guy a few minutes earlier, and he came in to shelter for a while, too. Talked to him for a bit, then he headed back. One other cyclists came and went, then I headed out after about half an hour.

The rain had stopped, but it started up again in a couple miles. It never got heavy enough to be heard in the trees, though.

16.2mph to Brushy Mtn Tunnel, still 1'10" ahead of a 16mph pace. Rain stopped soon after I headed back.

Lost about 2 min on the way back to Tara Drummond (15.8mph), and another minute to the Trail's highest point (15.7mph).

Light rain off and on from here to the end.

By Florence Rd I'd made up no time since the highest point. Very disappointing, which probably affected my pace in the last 7 miles.

+59F at the end. Riding time on the return was 6 min slower than outbound. Of all the clothing I could have worn, I missed my toe covers most. Feet very cold and wet. Glad I had a towel and pair of dry socks in my car.

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posted 1/21/2019
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#07

ROAD
Jan 21
102.7 miles
8:01 ride time
12.8 mph avg speed
3385 feet of climbing

Silver Comet Trail - Mavell Rd to Cedartown Welcome Center and Return
Elapsed Time 9:35

Start 23 min before sunrise, +23F. Immediately discovered that Saturday's rainwater had gotten into my shift cable housings around the bottom bracket. Both derailleurs were completely unshiftable. Stopped and fixed the rear. Wanted to give the front some thought.

Stopped at Floyd Rd to get my front derailleur working. I still had to reach down and pull it out to shift to the big ring, but that's been going on for a while, now. I should have replaced the cable and housing a couple months ago.

Water bottle froze at one hour. Sports drink bottle froze a half-hour later.

13.1mph to Tara Drummond. I was planning to ride to the State Line, for 200k, but that was out, now. At this rate, I wouldn't get back before the Trail closed at sunset.

Near west end of Brushy Mtn Tunnel


13.4mph to Rockmart. I'd crossed several icy patches, but they were all pretty narrow.

Climbing the third hill by the landfill, I took an icy patch at an angle, as it was shorter this way. But that gave my bike an opportunity to slide sideways. Fortunately, I was close to the edge of the patch, and I felt my rear tire gain traction after sliding only a few inches.

12.8mph to Cedartown. I'd only seen one other cyclist on this outbound leg. The Welcome Center was closed, but it didn't matter--I couldn't have filled my bottles, anyway.

12.5mph coming out of the hills at Grady Rd. 12.4mph back to Rockmart. 12.2mph to Brushy Mtn Tunnel. By now, things had warmed up enough that I could suck slush out of my bottles. I'd ridden about 50 miles with nothing.

I needed to make up about 21 minutes to bring my average up to 13mph for the ride. But that would only take a 15mph avg for the last 30 miles.

Chased and caught a triathlete with a big pack near Willow Springs Lane Trestle. I think I'd talked to him on an earlier ride--he carries an extra 30 pounds to make race day seem easy. Front derailleur started shifting without help.

Removed my skullcap and glove liners at Tara Drummond. Big pack triathlete passed while I was here, and I never caught him again.

Couldn't quite make up the time. +39F at the end. Riding time on the return was a minute and a half slower than outbound.

post edited on 1/22/2019 at 8:17:17 AM

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posted 1/22/2019
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#07

ROAD
Jan 21
102.7 miles
8:01 ride time
12.8 mph avg speed
3385 feet of climbing

Silver Comet Trail - Mavell Rd to Cedartown Welcome Center and Return
Elapsed Time 9:35

Start 23 min before sunrise, +23F. Immediately discovered that Saturday's rainwater had gotten into my shift cable housings around the bottom bracket. Both derailleurs were completely unshiftable. Stopped and fixed the rear. Wanted to give the front some thought.

Stopped at Floyd Rd to get my front derailleur working. I still had to reach down and pull it out to shift to the big ring, but that's been going on for a while, now. I should have replaced the cable and housing a couple months ago.

Water bottle froze at one hour. Sports drink bottle froze a half-hour later.

13.1mph to Tara Drummond. I was planning to ride to the State Line, for 200k, but that was out, now. At this rate, I wouldn't get back before the Trail closed at sunset.

Near west end of Brushy Mtn Tunnel


13.4mph to Rockmart. I'd crossed several icy patches, but they were all pretty narrow.

Climbing the third hill by the landfill, I took an icy patch at an angle, as it was shorter this way. But that gave my bike an opportunity to slide sideways. Fortunately, I was close to the edge of the patch, and I felt my rear tire gain traction after sliding only a few inches.

12.8mph to Cedartown. I'd only seen one other cyclist on this outbound leg. The Welcome Center was closed, but it didn't matter--I couldn't have filled my bottles, anyway.

12.5mph coming out of the hills at Grady Rd. 12.4mph back to Rockmart. 12.2mph to Brushy Mtn Tunnel. By now, things had warmed up enough that I could suck slush out of my bottles. I'd ridden about 50 miles with nothing.

I needed to make up about 21 minutes to bring my average up to 13mph for the ride. But that would only take a 15mph avg for the last 30 miles.

Chased and caught a triathlete with a big pack near Willow Springs Lane Trestle. I think I'd talked to him on an earlier ride--he carries an extra 30 pounds to make race day seem easy. Front derailleur started shifting without help.

Removed my skullcap and glove liners at Tara Drummond. Big pack triathlete passed while I was here, and I never caught him again.

Couldn't quite make up the time. +39F at the end. Riding time on the return was a minute and a half slower than outbound.


-- posted by ericrrrm

That's a cold 100 mile ride, did you get cold?

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#07

ROAD
Jan 21
102.7 miles
8:01 ride time
12.8 mph avg speed
3385 feet of climbing

Silver Comet Trail - Mavell Rd to Cedartown Welcome Center and Return
Elapsed Time 9:35

Start 23 min before sunrise, +23F ... +39F at the end.
-- posted by ericrrrm

That's a cold 100 mile ride, did you get cold?
-- posted by hairykiwi

I didn't dress as warmly as I could have, knowing temps were forecast to get above freezing in the afternoon. So I was a bit cold at the start. But 13mph seems to be a happy medium between generating warmth and being blasted by an icy apparent wind

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#07

ROAD
Jan 21
102.7 miles
8:01 ride time
12.8 mph avg speed
3385 feet of climbing

Silver Comet Trail - Mavell Rd to Cedartown Welcome Center and Return
Elapsed Time 9:35

Start 23 min before sunrise, +23F ... +39F at the end.
-- posted by ericrrrm

That's a cold 100 mile ride, did you get cold?
-- posted by hairykiwi

I didn't dress as warmly as I could have, knowing temps were forecast to get above freezing in the afternoon. So I was a bit cold at the start. But 13mph seems to be a happy medium between generating warmth and being blasted by an icy apparent wind
-- posted by ericrrrm


8 hours! What about your feet?

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#2 road 01/22/2019

50.2 miles
3:34 time
810' elev.

Decided to go for another 50 in spite of light sprinkles. Got about as far from the end point as I could before the rain got more serious. Oh, well! Went ahead with it anyway. At least it wasn't too cold.

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#07

ROAD
Jan 21
102.7 miles
8:01 ride time
12.8 mph avg speed
3385 feet of climbing

Silver Comet Trail - Mavell Rd to Cedartown Welcome Center and Return
Elapsed Time 9:35

Start 23 min before sunrise, +23F ... +39F at the end.
-- posted by ericrrrm

That's a cold 100 mile ride, did you get cold?
-- posted by hairykiwi

I didn't dress as warmly as I could have, knowing temps were forecast to get above freezing in the afternoon. So I was a bit cold at the start. But 13mph seems to be a happy medium between generating warmth and being blasted by an icy apparent wind
-- posted by ericrrrm


8 hours! What about your feet?
-- posted by ptsbike


My feet tolerate getting too warm better than my hands do, so I dressed them appropriately for the starting temp. Tall thin socks, heat holder socks, shoes (of course), and toe covers. I wouldn't go so far as to say my feet were comfy at the start, but it wasn't too bad. And the second half of the ride was above freezing.
post edited on 1/22/2019 at 7:42:19 PM
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