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3/21/11 6:30 P

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Haha - yes they allow switching from the metric to full but that would seriously cut into the food and wine part of the day! But really though, my boyfriend is coming to cheer me on and join me for the ride events after so I don't want to be out on the ride during the afternoon.



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Napa Valley is a fantastic place to ride. Unfortunately the food and wine is fantastic too! I could ride all day and still gain weight. But seriously the Silverado Trail is one of my favorite places to ride. You will have a great time.

Maybe they will let you change to the century ride? Did you try emailing them and asking?
Anyway you will have a great time regardless.

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Looks like a great ride!

srcc.memberlodge.com/WCC

Someday, somehow I would LOVE to get to the west coast for some serious cycling!

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3/21/11 12:00 P

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I'll be doing the Wine Country Century in Napa Valley/Santa Rosa area in Northern CA in May. It will be my first cycling event. I signed up for the metric century (as I only got my road bike in Sept.) but now that I've started training with my local bike club I wished I signed up for the 100 miler! Oh well - it will be a great goal for next year! I'm looking forward to doing more events next year, especially charity rides.

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3/14/11 11:48 P

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I was down on Long Island and did a Sunday 40 mile ride with the 5bbc. It was a great ride and the weather was very cooperative with the exception of a few headwinds (but we also got some tailwinds!). A bunch of my 5bbc buddies will be staffing the five borough bike tour. I have only done the ride once. I found it had way too many people on it. This year should be no exception since it has been sold out for a while. Have fun! Try to get there early to the head of the start line. The rear can get so backed up that people have to walk for a while. (not that walking is bad per se)

I will be doing the 5bbc's Montauk Century the wekend of May 15th. I haven't decided if I will do the two day weekend the club runs but it sounds like fun.

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One of the things that limits my participation in organized rides is the fund-raising aspect. I just am not a good fund-raiser type. Last year doing the MS ride I rounded up about $500. I think that's about my tops. Most everything nowadays seems to be calling for over $1,000 and I'm just not going to hustle folks who are already having a tough time making ends meet. And these days, that sums up just about EVERYONE I know!

I'm doing my local bike club rides, the 5 Borough Ride in NYC on May 1st and the Great Finger Lakes Bike Tour in June...no fund-raising required! Beyond that? I'm hoping to cook up my own multi-day tour...haven't decided yet where, when, etc.

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I normally do 10-12 rides per year. Each year I try to mix it up, however, I always do 2 rides. First I do a ride in Austin that benefits handicapped children. It was my very first organized 100K and I owe it a sense of loyalty. The second ride I do each year is the HotterN Hell 100. This one is my favorite. Very challenging (weather wise), but a ton of fun. This year, I'm doing RAGBRAI for the very 1st time. I've heard so many great things about the ride that I just have to do it. There will be other rides to do in Sep, Oct, and Nov.

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I will be riding in "Ride around the Buttes" (fundraiser for Diabetes & a trainer ride for me) 4/16/11

I will also ride (train) in "The Tour De Cure (Diabetes)" in the Napa/Yountville area of California on May 1, 2011

And these ride will lead into the last fundraiser of "The Northern California Aids Cycle" May 12-15; 4 days of riding 330 miles ending at our State Capitol on the 15th with a celebration.

I am fairly new to cycling on my Road bike since last June. And actually I have only been riding a little of a year now since I re-learned how to ride a bike. I will need to raise $1500 as a minimum for the big one and I am fairly close. Once I get to its minimum I will focus on the other fundraisers. I am pretty excited to be the recipient of a raffle proceeds this Thursday from Ladies Night at a bike shop where I live.

Also, this past Saturday I was only aiming to ride 50-65 miles. Well with much encouragement & pushing my friend got me to 100 miles. My 1st century, The longest ride up until then was 72 miles last October :-)

If you would like to read more about two of the rides, the links are below:

norcalaidscycle.kintera.org/ncac2011
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main.diabetes.org/site/TR/TourdeCure
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Guys & Gals you are invited to attend "Ladies night April 12th @7pm at B & L Bike, lots of great prizes! Proceeds from the raffle go to support NorCal Aids Cycle Event 2012 (guys it's dominantly ladies)

Help me raise $2G to fight HIV!
I'll ride my bike 330miles=4days of riding norcalaidscycle.org.kintera.org/2012
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That's insane! A double century on a mountain bike? or maybe a cross, but still!

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Vermont: Green Mountain Double Century

June 11: 205 miles, 80% dirt roads, 25,000 feet of climbing...whew!

www.ultracycling.com/events/GMD.htm

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More fun in northern New York...Adirondack territory!

ididaride! Adirondack Bike Tour

August 14, 2011

www.adk.org/events/ididaride/2010_wr
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"The ididaride! continues to grow each year – 326 riders participated (almost 100 more than 2009!) in the 5th annual ididaride!

Of those, 91 were women and 235 men. The age range was 9 – 84, with the average age of the rider 50.

They hailed from all over the Northeast, and as far away as Maryland, Michigan, Washington DC, California and South Carolina. About half of the participants came from the greater capital district 40 volunteers came from the local region.

This event continues to grow. Next year, local and regional sponsors will benefit even more as we get the word out sooner about making ididaride! the destination around which other activities can be planned. Next year, North Creek will be FILLED with ididariders!"

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Here's another ride that looks like fun...!

How to decide what to go for...?!?! So many rides! So little TIME! So little MONEY! :-)

The Mass BikePike Tour (only 125 riders...could fill up FAST!)

www.massbikepike.org/

"For 2011, we ride from Thursday, August 11th thru Sunday, August 14th. The tour starts and ends in Northampton with a route that takes us through picturesque Western Massachusetts and the Berkshires including Stockbridge, Great Barrington, Williamstown Lenox, Lee, North Adams and Pittsfield. Overnight stops will be at local schools in towns along the way. Your registration includes luggage transport, most meals, camping privileges and a tour t-shirt.

•The Mass BikePike Tour is limited to 125 riders.

•This is a camping tour with motel and Camptel* (tent set up service) options available.

•We offer two routes each day. The shorter route are between 25 and 45 miles and the longer routes are between 45 and 70 miles. Riders who want to shorten their distance can use our optional Head Start drop-off service that allows you to start up to 20 miles into the route.

•We provide hearty breakfasts and dinners each day and strive to serve the best of what is local.

•The tour is fully supported with cues, arrows, sag vehicles, rest stops and staff.

•Transportation to and from the start is also available. See the Sign Up page for more information.

•Please contact us, 7 days a week, with any questions you may have.

* Tent service is provided by Comfy Campers. . Please visit their website at (www.comfycampers.info) for all your tent service needs."

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Can certainly appreciate how retail might "suck the life out of you"...my hat is definitely off to how well you have pulled the things that matter into your life in such a wonderful way!

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2/15/11 11:40 P

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It's only a summer gig but I work on a cross country bicycle tour (San Francisco to New Hampshire) in June and July. So my fun is my work for those months!

I guess one day I'll probably have to get a "real job" (I am a PhD student right now) but for now it's fun.

Actually DDorn I used to be in retail management running a very large store but quit to get my bachelor's degree. Well, I didn't really quit to get the degree. I quit because retail sucks the life out of you and I needed to do something different with my life so I saved some money and went to college (never had been before). Now I am studying epidemiology on a graduate assistantship that pays about 20% of the retail gig but I don't really feel like I sacrificed anything. I am much happier now. Plus the bike trip gives me a break from studying and just a little bit more money.

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I'm imagining you've (KESTREL500) made some tough choices here and there...that this decision to make your play your work wasn't always an easy choice...my hat's off to you for taking some risks and parlaying yourself into such wonderful experiences!

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".....This coming from someone who makes her play her work!"

How do you pull that off? I must be retarded. Give me a clue, please?

In fact why don't you start a group on Sparks! Make your play your work. I will be the 1st one to join.

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That's a nice trick :) I have to have a heart to heart with my pups and explain that mommy loves them even if I spend a whole day biking. I have also thought that maybe I could do what I did when I was single, sign up for rides and go by myself and let the hubby baby sit the dogs. We did take one of our pugs on the Hilly Hundred in a kid bugger. She hung on for dear life down those hills. We have tried that with the current posse but if they see Mommy biking they just try to jump out.

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You know what they say about all work and no play.....This coming from someone who makes her play her work!

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I know, and I work such ridiculous hours all I want to do is hug my dogs when I get home.

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I'm originally from Chicago...that Drive ride sounds so cool!

Too many rides, not enough time! :-)

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You will love RAGBRAI! We are doing Bike The Drive in Chicago. Not a exactly a distance classic, only 30 miles, but it goes up and down Lake Shore Drive at sunrise. They close the drive to cars until 9:45 AM. I have never done it but it looks like a riot. My other goal is to do a century this summer. Haven't done one for about 5 years. emoticon

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I'm doing RAGBRAI for the first time the last week of July. 454 miles over 7 days.

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Fitnatic45 what area of Oklahoma are you in. I'm so looking forward to that ride. Where do you ride at?

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Wow Kestrel, that sounds pretty ding-dang cool!

Anybody riding in Cycle Oregon? If so you'll be in MY neck of the woods!

www.cycleoregon.com/

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Fitneesguy that is not the ride I usually lead but is run by the same company. I did lead this ride which is called "Across America North" in 2006. Yes it is a nice ride. You were probably reading the blog at www.bamacyclist.com . This site is one of our leader's website he does a great job.

DDorn yes those are the correct links and the "Cross Country Challenge" is my ride. This year will be my eighth time. We do ride across NY. First stop Hamburg just a few miles from where I live (Buffalo) and then Canandaigua to Liverpool to Little Falls to Albany area then into Vermont.

Alot of people speak poorly of riding in Kansas but I cross it every summer and it is nice to ride across. I have to say though it can get pretty windy and not always a tail wind!



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A friend in my bike club said Kansas was the absolute FRIENDLIEST place to tour through on his bike...very warm, supportive folks there when it comes to cyclists, per his experiences.

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I am planning a 7 day ride in June called Oklahoma Freewheel-never done it but we will ride through Oklahoma into Kansas. That is my goal this year and also do a century. I started biking last year and rode in my first ride 62 miles on a hybrid, I have a road bike now and love it. Training will be the hard part.

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Oooh such fine info you're all talking about!

Here's some links I found...correct me if I'm wrong:

www.americabybicycle.com/CCC/CCCPop.
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www.abbike.com/

It would be WONDERFUL to catch up with you as you cross NY! Looks like you come through the mid-section up through Canandaigua and Syracuse.

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The north trip St Helens to Portsmouth is what I am reading the daily journal about. That sounds so exciting to do. Sounds like a diverse age group and rider experience.

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That depends which ride you have been reading about. We run three rides across the states per year plus sevral north- south tours and a few other miscellaneous rides. I usually lead the "Cross Country Challenge" but they are all fantastic rides!

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Kestrel I having been reading the blog on last years America by Bicycle
Trip. Did you go on it last year? That sounds like an amazing trip that I would love to be a part of.
Pictures and stories have been very interesting.

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DDorn, you are welcome to ride with us for a day or two as my guest when we roll through NY in July.

It is really a sweet gig. I am a PhD student and still shocked that my program is letting me get away for 2 months. I will have to go to Bangladesh for the entire month of August though, so no real time off. Oh well, time off is just time to get lazy for me sometimes!

ps, I might actually get back to Long Island to do the Montauk Century and see my parents before I leave.

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What an amazing thing to do...I can't wait until I have the time, $$$ & energy for such an expedition!

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I will be doing the same organized ride I have done for eight out of the past ten years. It is called the Cross Country Challenge by America by Bicycle. We go from San Francisco to Portsmouth NH. It is a 52 day trip with 5 rest days. Since I work on this ride I will only be able to ride half the time since I have to drive a support vehicle half the time. We leave San Francisco on the 4th of June in NH the end of July.



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Oooh...5 day ride! Awesome deal! Had a great ride for MS this past Sept. in NJ.

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I plan to ride in two organized events this year, both in Minnesota:

1. The Ride Across Minnesota: a five-day, 300-mile ride that benefits MS research. my wife has MS. This year the ride starts in Rochester, goes west then south then east then north then west back to Rochester!

2. The Jesse James Bike Tour: several ride distances, but I'm going for the century. This is one of the more hilly rides in the state and I enjoy doing it each year.

"Rather train yourself for godliness; for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come" (1Timothy�4:7-8)

"Jesus answered, 'The most important [commandment] is, 'Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength'" (Mark 12:29-30).


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Thanks for the tips and encouragement.

I've rode bits of this trail but haven't done what some people consider the hardest yet. The entire trail is crushed limestone and clay and when the trail is wet it can be difficult (though I'm up for the challenge).

I'm hoping it will dry out enough so I can get some time in on the trail before the event.

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Even if you haven't done 75 miles a century can still be do-able. I did my first century ride last Sept. (100 miles one day, 75 the next) and just worked up to it by riding every chance I could through the summer months. This included my 18 mile commutes and weekend outings with my cycling club (between 40-60 miles) and extra rides of my own between 25-40 miles.

I think what helped me was to take a relaxed attitude...this wasn't a race, just a distance, endurance thing.

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There is only one way to find out if you can do a century ..... and that is to do one. You will always be able to talk yourself out of a ride. From my readings of several books if you can handle a 75 mile training ride a couple of times through your training season then you should be able to handle the full century

I hope you decide to do the full century and good luck to you if you decide to.

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In June, I have the Yellow Bike-A-Thon. It's a ride to support the Yellow Bike Program which gives reconditioned bikes to needy kids. I'm also thinking of participating in The Big Mick. It's a century mt bike ride on the Mickelson Trail in South Dakota. I'm not sure I'm ready for the century, this year it might just be a 1/2 century for me.

There are two big rides on the Mickelson Trail every year. The other is the Mickelson Trail Trek. It's a three day event. You cover the same miles but the Big Mick starts at a higher elevation and goes down. The Trek starts lower and over three days they climb. The Trek also takes place in fall. Last year it rained on them two of the three days. Anyone who wants links I'll be happy to post them.

In September, there's the Margarita Ride in Vermillion, SD to raise money for MS. It's a lot of fun with tacos and margaritas after the ride.



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A big ride I have coming up in June is called Freewheel across Oklahoma. Starts at the Red River on the Okla/Texas border & ends up in Kansas. Aproximately 450+ miles in a 7 day time period. Looking forward to that one.

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I lived in Fort Lewis, WA. twice. My brother was born there and then during the height of the Vietnam war we were stationed there from 1967 to 1970. My dad was a great drill sargent so they stationed him there. He had 6 weeks with troops two weeks off and 6 weeks on again. I guess when you figure out the math we were sending a S**t of young men over there just from Fort Lewis alone.

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I grew up in Kenosha County and my dad's side of the family is from Manitowoc! Now I've settled in Oregon - it's a lot like Wisconsin but with mountains.

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Where? I am from Oshkosh, Wi

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Yes, WI.

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Where are you from? Based on the weather report and and the UPAC ride; you have to be from Wisconsin?

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Guys,

For me, I've active doing the job as a volunteer ride marshal. I do many ride and make sure things are safe, aid if someone is hurt, and fix anything that I can on the spot. I often ride along really tired riders near the end and encourage them to finish.

I also do draft marshal work at du's and tri's.

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The Great Finger Lakes Bicycle Tour is going to be a regular fixture in my cycling schedule each year. Did it last year and had a blast! GORGEOUS upstate New York country in the heart of Finger Lakes Winery territory and right in the back yard of Watkins Glen Park, filled with beautiful gorges for hiking.

The prices are very reasonable for either camping out or cabin rentals. There's a ride for each day, Fri. Sat. & Sun with varying lengths as low as 30-40 miles on up to 90-100 miles.

Last year I ran into folks who came from as far as Michigan, Ohio and Canada. This year I'm hearing we have folks coming from California already signed up!

Check out the details here:

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The big one I do every year is Pelotonia - 2 day event - 180 miles.
www.pelotonia.org

Look up my rider id - KW0001

I'll do several more rides throughout the year in Ohio. Once I get the calendar of them all I can post it.

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Bike the Big Apple: All 5 Boroughs!

Registration just opened today...filling FAST!

Only 42 miles, but I figure what better way to get acquainted with NYC!

Even though I only live a few hours away, have only been there a handful of times.

More info and sign up here:

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Event is on Sunday May 1st.

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Tour de Sewer metric century. Very fun ride on bike paths along the drainage canals in Los Angeles. March 19
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We have them almost every week end from May to October. The bigger ones are the Trek 100, United Performing Arts Ride, Cancer and many others, ending with the Davis Phinney Parkinson's ride.

You can't beat the riding in those months and right now we are having a blizzard and you can'e even see to ski.

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We do a ride at the end of July - metric century. This was in April in previous years, but in Alabama that month, we have Cheaha Challenge, a Nascar race (in our county), and other rides so our ride was postponed. We have several rides in our state that people participate in.

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Any plans to do any charity rides or other organized cycling events this year? It would be fun to meet other Sparkplugs - especially the two-wheeled kind.

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