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Jul-13-10 02:38 pm
Has anyone done these?

Renee Faison wrote:

Hey Bob:  I may be up for this century ride!!  Maybe we can get a group together!

That's the day after the CWC. Recovery ride!

Jul-13-10 01:32 pm
Has anyone done these?

I'm filling my upcoming weekends with long rides, and have come across 3 supported rides that sound interesting.  I was wondering if anyone has tried them before.
They are the Cumberland Valley Century, 103 miles out of Boonsboro; the Ride to See starting in Galena, Kent County, MD and the Savage Century in Delaware in October.  The Savage boasts of some fierce grades; the Ride to See is probably the opposite of fierce grades and I imagine the Boonsboro ride isn't far off the CWC (6,300ft total).  Anyone have any experience of these?

Jul-12-10 11:03 am
Fabulous!
Category: Social
Forum: Ride Reports

Thoroughly enjoyed myself today -- first step towards getting back into the long-ride routine.  Definitely noticed the lead in the legs on that dusty, exposed stretch from Solomon's Island Rd., Chesapeake Beach Rd to the watering spot at the Bayard roundabout. Lack of practice is a cruel thing: I felt like I was riding with the brakes on while carrying a bag of coal.  Thanks for the push Isaias.

Mar-17-10 05:41 pm
Short dash around Prettyboy
Category: Social
Forum: Ride Reports

So, I left the basement for the first time in 2010, aiming to blow off the cobwebs with a burst around Prettyboy, departing Wally's Store, and taking the well-worn Rayville; Spooks Hill; Kidd's Schoolhouse; Beckleysville; Gunpowder; George's Creek; Tracey's Store; Prettyboy Dam; Spooks Hill and Rayville.  While I have ridden all of these in the past as part of longer rides, I'd never ridden this simple 16.5 mile loop.  What is significant about this seemingly innocuous ride is that it mirrors exactly the route that appears in one of my Spinervals training DVDs.  On the DVD, the ride takes 51 min 30 sec.  What I learned from the scramble on Kidd's and the stretch of Gunpowder is that many of the climbs are considerably steeper on the road than the camera suggests and the gear-selection can replicate.  My time pulling into Wally's, after some rust, a little bit of early season breathing and a stop for a flag man on Beckleysville, 1 hr 10 min, so a whole 18 min 30 sec off the "pace" set by the DVD.  I can see where much of the fall-off happens -- it'll be having to granny some of the longer climbs, but 18 1/2 minutes?  We'll have to see if that improves during the season.

Road conditions were pretty decent.  Tracey's Store was bumpy and rutted in places.  The Dam crossing is closed to cars, but still passable by bikes by doing a Steve and riding along the sidewalk.  There is quite a bit of debris, mostly twigs and that crappy gravel/road surface crumbs that is left behind by the slowplough mountains. The wildlife is really active, so you have to stay on your toes for chipmunks, squirrels and groundhogs, one of which ambled in front of me rolling down Prettyboy Dam road, resulting in a terrifying tankslapper that seemed to last forever.  No harm to rider, bike or groundhog.

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