Tuesday, April 8, 2014

First Solo Century Ride of the Year

After three attempts in March that I cut short to save my toes, I have finally completed my March Century. Lunch at Country Fare Restaurant in Grand Junction was my reward. The RUSA 200K Brevet in Wisconsin looks possible. Then I can change my Facebook status to "Randonneur*"

*Randonneuring: Randonneuring is long-distance unsupported endurance cycling. This style of riding is non-competitive in nature, and self-sufficiency is paramount. When riders participate in randonneuring events, they are part of a long tradition that goes back to the beginning of the sport of cycling in France and Italy. Friendly camaraderie, not competition, is the hallmark of randonneuring.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Spent a Lot of Time Here in March


Cold, snowy, more cold, more snow. Somehow I managed over 500 miles though.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Five Reasons I am Smiling


1. First day over 20 degrees means I can still feel my toes

2. Two days since the last snowfall means the gravel roads are hard packed and smooth.

3. I have a new Fred (that's biker speak for super dorky) mirror sticking out in front of my glasses.

4. My water bottle hasn't frozen solid yet. 

5. My knee doesn't hurt any more. 


Friday, January 31, 2014

The View is Worth the Climb


If I look tired it's because I had just climbed about 800 feet up a snowy gravel road on a bike that has only one gear, and that gear is a little "tall." I am on the back side of the hill that is Bittersweet Ski Area. The whitish hill way off in the distance is Timber Ridge ski area.

Sure felt good to get outside though, and the today was a lot less windy than yesterday. Today's ride wraps up January at 412 miles. Not really where I wanted to be, but the weather was a factor-I hate riding indoors on my trainer.



Saturday, November 9, 2013

100 Miles in One Beautiful Day

Yesterday I rode 100 miles with the Shut Up and Ride Club and we all agreed that there was no better way to spend the one sunny day we get in West Michigan in November.

The hub of our ride was The Good Earth bagel shop in Holland, where we stopped for comestibles and warmth in between loops.
The first loop was 30 miles south to Saugatuck and back, which is done weekly by this group and called "The Bagel Ride." As you can see from the photo below, we move along in a double paceline at an easy speed. 
After a quick bite at the bagel shop, most of us headed north to Grand Haven for the next 45 miles. We found the wind and got a little more serious about drafting. 

As you can see, the sun was shining. After passing by the lakeshore,
 we stopped at a coffee shop that had a very cool sign:


Then yet another loop to complete our 100 miles. No better way to spend a day.


Friday, September 6, 2013

Need...More...Oxygen

Cycling in the Colorado Rockies. A popular 30 mile loop from Boulder to Jamestown and back. The mountain roads had as many bicycles as motorized vehicles. The climb up was an easy 6% grade most of the way.


Here's photographic evidence of my climbing accomplishment. Jamestown is at 7200 feet, so a climb of about 2000 feet. I don't know if you can see the lack of oxygen in my face, but cycling at this altitude only two days into our visit was not easy.

There were many interesting sights in Jamestown. A sign warning motorists to slow down in order to avoid hitting bear families. Or maybe this sign is meant for us cyclists to motivate us to go faster because we may be chased by bears?


There was also a cyclist oriented drive-in library.

And, most conveniently, water.

Jamestown is a nice place to ride a bike to and then turn around and fly down the mountain at a high rate of speed. These vistas are something you see out of the corner of your eye as you are mainly setting up for the next curve in the road.

After another steep climb up Old Stage Road I was rewarded with this view of North Boulder.


Here's the map and profile: