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Location: Mountains of East Tennessee

PostPosted: Sun Apr 29, 2007 7:53 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote

http://blog.washingtonpost.com/wh.../04/curiosity_1.html?hpid=artslot

Heres an interesting article about one of the hardest (possibly the hardest) ultramarathons in the world...as an endurance athelete story is very interesting...but the cool thing is that it occurs near where I live and train. If you click on the intereactive map you can see highway 116, one of the local mountain rides I do...and you have to avoid the state prison...good panarama pictures too.

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PostPosted: Sun May 06, 2007 11:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

oh dear - my husband is getting into triathlons and would love to do one of those iron man things. when tipsy i offered to do the cycling bit of a half-ironman (does it become an irongirl if i do it?) in a relay with my borther and hubby. it's this summer - wensleydale triathlon - going to have to get some trainign in though as i haven't cycled for over 10 months.
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PostPosted: Thu May 10, 2007 8:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm lucky enough to live in the Northern Appenines and can recommend it for cyclists
http://reggioemiliaturismo.provincia.re.it/default.asp
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Location: Down by the River

PostPosted: Thu May 10, 2007 9:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

sabcarrera

Thats prime cycling country-and eating country as well.

Lucky sod!
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PostPosted: Thu May 10, 2007 9:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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sabcarrera

Thats prime cycling country-and eating country as well.

Lucky sod!


I know.
In fact some prime MTB tracks start just outside my house.
I'm not so lucky on the road, the company I keep and my weight mean that could do with help from justcycling board members.
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PostPosted: Thu May 10, 2007 2:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

we have a mall around us that so large that you can race cars around, we play last man across is out, usualy get 40+ riders.. 5 bucks each, we get senoir 1 2 junoir hot shots. every sunday @ 2pm.. i won a few.. my cat eye was at 63 kph when i won. BLEW THEM OUT THE BACK....CIAO
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PostPosted: Fri May 11, 2007 7:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

you must have been GASSED................
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PostPosted: Sat May 12, 2007 2:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

nah..to much talent to spare... u all stink !!!! ciao
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PostPosted: Sat May 12, 2007 5:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Laughing

Glad to see you are feeling up to snuff Wink
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PostPosted: Mon May 14, 2007 10:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am doing the "Quebrantahuesos" at the end of june

Puerto de Somport
Puerto de Portalet
Puerto de Hoz
Puerto de Marie Blanque
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PostPosted: Tue May 15, 2007 7:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Watch those downhill sections. More to the point watch those bloody riders who can't go downhill!
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PostPosted: Tue May 15, 2007 11:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Let us know how it goes - looks like one hell of a route! How long to you expect to be in the saddle and what training are you doing?
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PostPosted: Tue May 15, 2007 1:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You guys make me feel very inadequate. Having never climbed a proper hill in my life, i am going to ventoux this July. Am a fit guy, run and cycle lots here, but have no idea how I will get on with the Giant! Any tips warmly received, my fear levels are rising daily
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PostPosted: Tue May 15, 2007 1:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My intention is to do it under the 9 hours.

At the moment I am more focused into doing long time rides, minimum 6:30 hrs, not that much on the distance, but I have to say that is always over the 90 miles mark.

And I am trying to use low gears as much as possible, and find steep hills to go up to, if I find one I normally go up and down at least three times, I know is not the same that a long col but is better than a kick on the balls!!!!
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PostPosted: Tue May 15, 2007 1:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good for you Alan. I know all about fear levels rising Wink

Best advice I can give you is:

1) start well within yourself. No point blowing early on when you've gone all that way. You can always speed up later.

2) Ventoux is not toooo steep, but is very long. Make sure you are not over geared. Obviously this will depend on how strong/fit you are and the length of the ride etc, but don't be afraid to use a compact, triple or a big granny cog at the back. It's not a macho english club run ... no one will laugh at your low gears.

3) drink lots!!! eat lots!!! Carry plenty of energy food and use it. Not sure how long the total ride is, but don't ride for more than an hour without havng a nibble.

4) As you probably know, the mountain is exposed at the top and can be very very windy. apply sun cream and be phycologically prepared to battle the wind.

5) Most of all .... YOU are Mayo, Anquitel, Pantani etc. ENYOY it no matter how much it hurts.

Finally, doff your cap to Tom S for all of us on this board.
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PostPosted: Tue May 15, 2007 1:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I will watch out on those downhills, Crash, specially when there are 7,500 cyclist doing it!!!!
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PostPosted: Tue May 15, 2007 1:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Berg - pretty similar to my etape training then except I'm not riding as long as you at the moment. I'm on 5.5 hour rides, but will slowly step it up between now and mid July.

Like the idea of riding each hill 3 times. My route 5.5h route in the Chilterns takes in 20 short climbs. As I step up the time, using your idea I could knock of 60 climbs! (and it will still be less climbing than the etape!)
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PostPosted: Tue May 15, 2007 1:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you have any multi level parking garages near you, they are very good for "hill" training intervals. Obviously you must use them on the weekend or whenever their use is minimal. Great option for those who do not have hills to train on.
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PostPosted: Tue May 15, 2007 1:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

we don´t have much better choice around our area, moved to Stortford last december, but aourd Chrishill and Royston etc... there are very lovely steep hills so I do my rides around that area most of the time.

Also I do come to work twice a week, 32 miles each week, so it keep me toned for the long rides in the weekends.

Alan, the bit about the food and water is very very important, the best cycling advice that anyone has ever given me is: Drink before you are thirsty, and eat before you are hungry, otherwise it will be too late
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and DON'T push too big of a gear..............


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