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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 1/22/2019
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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 ... +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.
-- posted by ericrrrm
When I've ridden in the upper 30s temperature (lowest I've ridden in) I needed a lot of toe and finger protection. Toe warmers were not enough. I wound up buying some vinyl overshoe covers to fit over my cycling shoes and used chemical pack above the toes which worked great.


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posted 1/23/2019
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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.
-- posted by ericrrrmWhen I've ridden in the upper 30s temperature (lowest I've ridden in) I needed a lot of toe and finger protection. Toe warmers were not enough. I wound up buying some vinyl overshoe covers to fit over my cycling shoes and used chemical pack above the toes which worked great.


-- posted by tojesky

I have tried about everything, and have never been able to keep them warm.

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posted 1/23/2019
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#4 - 1/19 - 181.3km/112.6 miles,06:03:30,18.6 avg, 1709ft climb
Did a early morning solo for about 40 miles, wasn't too cold. Then joined the group and did a fast ride on the usual Saturday route. back to my place for beers.

#5 - 1/20 - 110.7km/68.8 miles,04:13:02,16.3 avg, 908 ft climb
Gravel ride with Larry, about 25 miles of gravel roads, including a new one neither of us had tried before. Turned out to be a dirt road that turned into a forest road with leaves instead of sand, and a few big water holes to ride thru. It was a fun ride though.

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#6 - 1/22 - 92.5km/57.5 miles,03:09:36,18.2 avg, 1071ft climb
@ rides, a cold early morning ride with with, then a slightly warmer solo ride around the Daytona State Deland campus

#7 - 1/23 - 104.8km/65.1 miles,03:32:08,18.4 avg, 1009 ft climb
Morning group ride with the 5 of us, much warmer this morning, then a mid morning solo ride around the Daytona State Daytona campus. Had some nice tail winds on the 2nd ride, but paid for it with headwinds later.

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posted 1/26/2019
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#08

ROAD
Jan 26
54.1 miles
3:51 ride time
14.0 mph avg speed
1695 feet of climbing

Silver Comet Trail - Highland Station to Willow Springs Lane Trestle and Return
Elapsed Time 5:55

Left my wife's car at Mavis (formerly Kauffman) Tire for an oil change. Would have preferred to ride the Schwinn, since it fits better in her car, but it rained a couple days ago, so I had the Motobecane. +27F at the start, 14 min after sunrise (8 min before Mavis opened).

Rear flat descending the Extension (i.e., in the first mile). Brought my bike into the heated Mavell Rd Trailhead restroom to fix it. Worn brake shoes had rubbed a hole in the sidewall. Booted it, installed a bad tube, installed a good tube. Took me an hour. Strangely, no one else came in to the rest room until I was packing up.

It was probably above freezing by now. Having a hard time maintaining a satisfactory pace. Ran over some glass. Wiped my front tire, but I could hear it clicking behind me with every revolution of the rear. Stopped to wipe it, and discovered my rear wheel starting to shift in the dropouts. Not rubbing the chainstay, yet, though. I tightened it up.

13.8mph to Tara Drummond. 13.7mph to the turn at Willow Springs Lane Trestle. I'd need to return 6 min faster to get 14mph for the ride.

But it was warming up, and after cresting the Trail's highest point, it was easier to go faster.

13.9mph at Florence Rd, where I stopped at Boneshaker Bikes and bought brake shoes, a tube, and a patch kit.

14.0mph to Floyd Rd, 14.1mph to Tara Drummond. The Extension was now a climb, but if I could do the last mile in 6 min, I'd keep 14mph.

I just made it! +48F at the end, for which I was now seriously overdressed. Riding time on the return was the 6 min faster that I needed.

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#09

ROAD
Jan 27
52.3 miles
3:25 ride time
15.2 mph avg speed
1308 feet of climbing

Silver Comet Trail - Floyd Rd to Brushy Mtn Tunnel and Return
Elapsed Time 3:40

Start 1:40 after sunrise, +35F. An unremarkable ride.

15.4mph to Tara Drummond, 1'45" ahead of a 15mph pace. Big Pack Triathlete was getting ready to leave as I arrived.

Caught Big Pack Triathlete about 5 miles later. I'd lost about 10 sec on the way to the turn at Brushy Mtn Tunnel, 15.2mph.

Gained 15 sec to Pumpkinvine Creek Trestle, the low point between Brushy Mtn and the Trail's highest point (which, by the way, may not really be the Trail's highest point --Strava/Relive always puts Brushy Mtn Tunnel as the highest point, but I'd looked at topo maps years ago and convinced myself the highest point was the Old Harris Rd underpass).

Lost just over a minute "climbing" to Tara Drummond. 15.1mph, now 45 sec ahead of 15mph.

I actually gained 5 sec from Tara Drummond up to Old Harris Rd!

15.2mph at Florence Rd (7 miles remaining). I'd picked up more than 2 min coming off the high point.

+53F at the end. Riding time on the return was more than a minute faster than outbound.

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#1
50.4 miles
3:08:40 time
16.0 average
2215 elevation
My first 50 since Thanksgiving.

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#10

ROAD
Feb 02
127.3 miles
8:59 ride time
14.1 mph avg speed
3854 feet of climbing

Silver Comet Trail - Mavell Rd to 3rd intersection in Alabama, and Return
Elapsed Time 10:18

+34F at the start, 43 min after sunrise, which was about 15 min later than I'd intended. I had 9:54 until sunset, when the Trail legally closes. Forecast high was in the mid 60's.

15.0mph to Rockmart, where I filled my bottles, talked to the staffer, and signed the guest book. With this speed on the relatively fast first 37 miles, I had no chance at 15mph for the ride. Swapped my balaclava for a skullcap. Already regretting that I'd forgotten my sweatband.

Stopped at the picnic table by the pasture to remove my leg warmers and glove liners. Still had knee warmers on, and was wearing fingered gloves.

14.1mph to Cedartown, where I stopped at the Welcome Center to sign the guest book and talk to Joyce, who I hadn't seen since October. A couple cyclists turning here, having started in Piedmont. We talked for a bit, and ended up telling each other about the Alabama Backroads Century Series.

Still had 14.1mph at State Line Gateway Park, at the turn, and back to the state line. Dragged my average up to 14.2mph on the return to Cedartown. Signed the guest book again. Told a couple casual cyclists that they might enjoy riding toward Alabama more than riding toward Rockmart. Removed my base layer and toe covers. Now wearing a long-sleeved jersey and two pair of summer socks. Filled my bottles. With 59 min off the bike by this point, I realized I had no realistic chance of finishing before dark.

14.0mph coming out of the hills at Grady Rd, which was very encouraging. While my average may drop between here and Brushy Mtn Tunnel, I feel like I can usually make it up on the remainder of the ride. So, I was on track for 14mph today.

Fell in with a guy on a '83 Bridgestone. He's a "snowbird", and we came to the conclusion that we'd talked in a previous winter.

He turned at Rockmart. I signed the guest book and topped off my sports drink bottle. 13.9mph here.

13.8mph coming out of Brushy Mtn Tunnel. If I could finish off the last ~30 miles in two hours, I'd have a sub-9-hr riding time (and a 14mph ride).

13.9mph back to Tara Drummond, 20 sec off a 14mph pace. Lost 25 sec on the way to the Trail's highest point, but still had 13.9mph. Made up the 45 sec in the first mile coming off the highest point.

Skipped my usual stop at Florence Rd in an attempt to minimize how long after dark I'd be riding.

Set my secondary lights to flash at sundown. (I hadn't installed my primary lights.)

Skipped my usual stop at Floyd Rd. Pushed myself in the fast 4 miles to Mavell Rd. With ~2 mile remaining, set my front light to steady.

Finish 24 min after sunset, +62F. Riding time on the return was 2 min faster than outbound.

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#11

ROAD
Feb 03
52.4 miles
3:44 ride time
14.0 mph avg speed
1516 feet of climbing (gotta wonder where Strava got those extra 200 feet)

Silver Comet Trail - Floyd Rd to Brushy Mtn Tunnel, and Return
Elapsed Time 4:25

Start 43 min after sunrise, +53F. Trail wet from early morning showers.

Light rain started about 5 min later. Took shelter in the Austell Rd underpass. Glad I did, as the rain got heavier. Lasted about 15 min, and I waited another 5 to make sure.

But I got rained on about a minute later, anyway. Fortunately, it was light, and probably only lasted a minute or two.

14.1mph to Tara Drummond. Feeling the effects of yesterday's ride.

13.9mph to the turn at Brushy Mtn Tunnel. Swapped my skullcap for a sweatband.

Got back to 14.0mph fairly quickly. Stopped at the Boy Scout shelter to get a rock out of my shoe (which seems like a strange thing to happen while cycling, but I think it got in there when I was reversing direction by walking my bike inside the Tunnel).

Couldn't keep 14.0mph with the various ups and downs to Tara Drummond, and had 13.7mph when I arrived, about 3 min behind a 14mph pace. If I could do the last 16 miles in 1:04 (15mph) I'd have 14mph overall for the ride. That wouldn't normally be a problem, but today wasn't "normal".

Lost almost another minute in the two miles to the Trail's highest point. I now needed to make up almost 4 min in 14 miles.

Made up two by the time I got to Florence Rd (7 miles remaining). With 3 miles remaining, I was 16 sec off a 14mph pace. Two miles later, at the top of the "climb" to the Austell Rd underpass, I was only 3 sec off.

Made it with more than 30 sec to spare! +63F at the end.

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Pansy Half #3
2/3
Time: 2:49:21
Distance: 50.13
Avg.: 17.76 mph
Elevation: 2,102

FINALLY! The Polar Vortex left! AND I had time to get out after work! Parked at a convenience store about 2 miles from work, donned my gear, got the bike ready, and headed west on Whitehall, then turned left to go into Pine Grove Mills. 3 miles into the ride a guy I know catches me, and asks where I'm going, how far I am going. Next thing you know, we're cutting through the wind together, trading pulls. Headed all the way past Seven Stars, then cut back through Camp Kanesetake, then back toward State College. He was stronger on the climbs, and I had the edge on the downhills. Perfect combo.

When we got back to Whitehall, we had a decent tailwind. We took full advantage! By the time I left him in State College after riding with him for 37 miles, my average was 18.6 mph. NOT what I was expecting for my first outdoor ride since January 16, and after having run 13.2 miles yesterday! I added another 10 miles to get my 50, but had to cut back through the wind and do some climbing, dropping the final average to 17.76 mph.

I'm a little fried....
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