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post #1 of 78
Thread Starter 
In honor of the fast thread....

How far have you gone, what is your longest distance, day trip or even a full bore xc camping one?
post #2 of 78
Just over 105 miles, in 5.5 hours. I bent my rim and as a result, I got 6 flats along the way.
L
post #3 of 78
Longest - 45 miles, on the Leelenau Harvest Tour. This year, I'm signing up for the 67 mile Ride.
http://www.cherry-capital.com/cccc/lht2006.pdf
It is set up for road bikes, but I do it on my mountian bike.
I keep thinking I want to invest in a road bike. I have a real desire, but I don't have riding partners with road bikes, and I have gravel every direction from my house
Just doesn't make sense to make the investment right now. I think I'll buy skis instead
Phil, can you help me with that?
post #4 of 78
110 miles on a road bike. I did a bunch of centuries 2 summers ago, and on one of them took a slight 5 mile detour, which added 10 miles to an already nasty, very hilly century in the Gettysburg, PA area (Civil War Century). I have NO sense of direction. So of course, my little detour included a hill so steep that on the way back up it, I couldn't even climb it in my granny gear, so I had to walk 1/4 mile up an insanely steep hill in road cleats:

On a mountain bike, I did about 45 miles once. Pretty easy, non-technical multi-use single track.

A month ago, or so, I rode with a co-worker who was here on business from CO Springs. The week prior, he had ridden to his mother's house in Grand Junction. Something like 300+ miles in 2 days (150+ each way), solo, through the Rockies!
post #5 of 78

Me too

45 miles tops - last Fall. Love to do a century eventually - but it ain't gonna happen anytime in the next couple years.
post #6 of 78

Pretty Far

3 LOTOJA's -

Last year's results: 206 miles in 11:05:06, including stops (45 minutes) for dry clothes (lots of rain and snow). (My computer read 209 miles and 11:08:56). 7600' of climbing. Took 5th in Cat. 5. Out of 1000 entries, 600 didn't finish, 137 were treated for hypothermia and 34 were actually admitted to hospital.





Also, check out www.lotojaclassic.com (make sure and find and read the "2005 Battle Stories" under the "Info" and "History" tabs) and look at event photos at http://www.joaquimhailer.com/findphoto.php?eventid=87

HB
post #7 of 78
Quote:
Originally Posted by HarkinBanks
LOTOJA - 206 miles in 11:05:06, including stops (45 minutes) for dry clothes (lots of rain, snow and hypothermia). 7600' of climbing. Took 5th in Cat. 5.

See the HAC4 file at http://forums.epicski.com/showthread.php?t=40419

Also, check out www.lotojaclassic.com and http://www.joaquimhailer.com/findphoto.php?eventid=87



HB
Nice Harkin! How'd your arse feel after that? Ouch!

I'm waiting for someone to chime in who has done Ride The Rockies. Isn't that an insanely long ride? double centuries, multiple days in a row?
post #8 of 78
Thread Starter 
The MS ride was my longest right about 100 miles. As a kid growing up, I was doing 40-60 miler's just to go anywhere.
post #9 of 78
710 miles in 7 days: Austin to Albuquerque in August. Lots of hot wind, some meadowlarks, and miles and miles of nothing but miles and miles. There were several places on the high plains of eastern New Mexico where my bicycle was literally the high point on the landscape: there were no fences, no utility poles, no cattle. Once was enough for that route.

460 miles in 5 days through the San Juans on the 1999 Bicycle Tour of Colorado. It rained most of the time, but it was still a great ride.
post #10 of 78
Road Ride: The longest so far for me has been the Death Ride (www.deathride.com). 129 miles and approx 15,000 ft of climbing. Should surpass this distance this weekend during the Mt. Tam double century (200 miles; 15,000 ft climbing)...but my knee has been acting up a bit lately (patella tracking issues) so I'm kind of doubtful if I'll be able to do the whole ride...we'll see.

Mountain: Not quite so far...probably only 35 - 40 miles or so out of Downieville, CA. But it included 5,000 ft of climbing so it was a decent ride.
post #11 of 78
One day longest ride is 128 miles (just over 200k) through east-central Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire. Just rolling; I'd guess somewhere around 4,000 feet of climbing.

Longest weekend ride was 236 miles. A friend and I did the 128 mentioned above on Saturday and then on Sunday we did 108 more (TFCE -- The Flattest Century in the East). It seemed like a good idea at the time. :

Longest week is somewhere around five or six hundred miles. I've done bunches of supported tours. 70 or 80 miles a day for a week. I think going from the Oregon / Idaho border to the Pacific Ocean in 7 days during Cycle Oregon a few years ago was the longest. I had no idea how big Oregon was until that trip. :

Longest month is 1001.8 miles. On the last day of the month I knew exactly how far I had to ride to get to 1,000. I pushed it a little further so that my computer could have a 0.18% error and I could still claim a 1,000 mile month.
post #12 of 78
I am not much of an endurance athlete, so I have nothing special. I have never done anything like a century or such beast.

On a mountain bike the longest distance is about 31 miles in a little over 3.5 hours (lots of technical single track and climbing).

On a road bike my longest ride was this past weekend. I did 56 miles in just under 3 hours. What makes this ride "special" is the fact that the road is so hilly that you are never really on flat terrain. But as it turns out the heat was the real challenge (it was over 100 F with the humidity). Towards the end, when climbing out of the saddle, I was getting cramps in my calves and thighs, despite plenty of gels and water. I guess I am not made for this stuff.
post #13 of 78
181 miles in one day. 295K

Milan/ San Remo solo tribute ride.

53 centuries in a year.
16,600 miles in a year.
post #14 of 78
121 miles on the rails to trail around ohioplye here in Pa. This was already 11 years ago which means well I was 11. Did it with my dad.It was totally flat but still a very long distance especially for an 11 year old. We use to ride 30 miles a night when it was warm enough. This was the longest ride either of us have done to this day.
post #15 of 78
Quote:
Originally Posted by HarkinBanks
Last year's results: 206 miles in 11:05:06, including stops (45 minutes) for dry clothes (lots of rain and snow). (My computer read 209 miles and 11:08:56). 7600' of climbing. Took 5th in Cat. 5. Out of 1000 entries, 600 didn't finish, 137 were treated for hypothermia and 34 were actually admitted to hospital.
Yup. I picked a good year NOT to do that one...

I'm thinking next year....


Quote:
Originally Posted by carbonissimo
181 miles in one day. 295K

Milan/ San Remo solo tribute ride.

53 centuries in a year.
16,600 miles in a year.


DUDE ROCK ON!!!

L
post #16 of 78
I drove the gear truck and made about 85 new friends that rode Five hundred miles Accross New York in 7 days.
post #17 of 78
Rule of thumb: One mile on a mtn bike on dirt is equal to 2.5 miles on a rode bike on pavement in terms of effort and time.

With that said. My longest ride is 50 miles on dirt. Took six hours with rest stops.
post #18 of 78
I biked about 120 miles in one day when I was about 14 or 15. I biked to a friends house and then we biked into the city before returning home. His bike was a little slower than mine (or more likely he was a little wiser than me), and I wanted to race down every hill so I ended up waiting for him to catch up a lot. Once he was caught up, I would race off again. Just imagine doing wind sprints for the whole day. The next day my legs were ok, maybe a little on the stiff side, but my lungs felt like they were full of water. I could barely breathe.
post #19 of 78

Longest Bike Ride

SNPETE, your formula on Mt. Bike may be right but not compared to Shoelaces Markleeville Death Ride, 3 major passes you'd have to see them to really appreciate. Me. Davis Double Century, 200 miles, June 2lst l998, start amost before dawn and finish via flashlight. Loooong ride. I've done about 15 centuries of differing degrees.
post #20 of 78
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Originally Posted by Pete No. Idaho
SNPETE, your formula on Mt. Bike may be right but not compared to Shoelaces Markleeville Death Ride, 3 major passes you'd have to see them to really appreciate. Me. Davis Double Century, 200 miles, June 2lst l998, start amost before dawn and finish via flashlight. Loooong ride. I've done about 15 centuries of differing degrees.
Oh the Death Ride. Yes I know the Death Ride. I live "next door" to the Death Ride route. Aptly named. One mile of the Death Ride equals five miles of any other road ride.
post #21 of 78
Anybody ever do this one? Sounds intense. Read the rider comments.....

www.sonofdeathride.com

EDIT: oh and also..regarding the mileage on a road bike vs mileage on a mtn bike comparison. For sure mileage on mountain bikes is more difficult (in general) than on a roadie. But I think it also depends on the type of mountain bike you're riding. For example, there's a ride out of Downieville, CA that starts in town, then rides up to where the shuttles normally drop you off, and then bombs back down to town. The route can vary, but it's typically 30 - 35 miles with 4,000 - 5,000 vertical gain. First time I did this I was on my lightweight XC bike, my Santa Cruz Superlight. The next time I did it, I rode my freeride bike, a 45 lbs Santa Cruz Bullet with slack non-climbing-friendly geometry. Yeah, the second time on the Bullet was a bit harder. Just sayin it's harder to make a generalization as to how many road miles = dirt miles since it will depend on type of bike, terrain, elevation, etc. etc.
post #22 of 78
about 125 mi. The first day of the Pann Mass Challenge (Sturbridge to Bourne) and then over the Bourne Bridge that same day to spend the night in Sandwich. Weekend -- About 200 -- several full PMC's, a truly great charity ride, if you can raise the $3,000 plus nut. It's next weekend, but I won't be there this year, alas. My goal is to keep going until I do a ride-my-age century. Then I'll quit skiing.
post #23 of 78
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Originally Posted by Tyrone Shoelaces
EDIT: oh and also..regarding the mileage on a road bike vs mileage on a mtn bike comparison. For sure mileage on mountain bikes is more difficult (in general) than on a roadie. But I think it also depends on the type of mountain bike you're riding. For example, there's a ride out of Downieville, CA that starts in town, then rides up to where the shuttles normally drop you off, and then bombs back down to town. The route can vary, but it's typically 30 - 35 miles with 4,000 - 5,000 vertical gain. First time I did this I was on my lightweight XC bike, my Santa Cruz Superlight. The next time I did it, I rode my freeride bike, a 45 lbs Santa Cruz Bullet with slack non-climbing-friendly geometry. Yeah, the second time on the Bullet was a bit harder. Just sayin it's harder to make a generalization as to how many road miles = dirt miles since it will depend on type of bike, terrain, elevation, etc. etc.
I agree with your point. This formula was developed back in the 90s when mtn bikes were simpler and less diverse. However IMO a 45lb bike with 2.5 knobbies is going to more than 2.5 times harder to ride (on a per mile basis) on dirt than a 17lb road bike with 20c tires on pavement.

Side note:
My hat's off to you for doing that 30-35 miler on a 45lb bike.
post #24 of 78
Longest mt bike trip: LePuy in Central France to Santiago in Spain 1600 km, a leisurly month on ancient pilgrimmage trails. Next month we'll do Prague to LePuy.
Longest MTB ride: White rim trail in a day, 100mi.

Longest road ride: double century.
Longest touring ride 160miles across NE Arizona with a storm front behind. Everytime I stopped it would start to rain. I hardly pedaled all day and the front blew me clear to Cortez, Colorado, where I set up the tent and let it pour.
post #25 of 78
I notice that all of these fantastic mileages are posted by guys. Trekchick and I are pitiful in comparison. I wonder if it has anything to do with guys having wives to take care of the kiddies while they take off and ride uber-centuries? If I had someone to do the housework and take care of the kiddies while I went to play, I'd get more mileage too! Come to think of it - that applies to skiing too.
post #26 of 78
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Originally Posted by Frau
I notice that all of these fantastic mileages are posted by guys. Trekchick and I are pitiful in comparison. I wonder if it has anything to do with guys having wives to take care of the kiddies while they take off and ride uber-centuries? If I had someone to do the housework and take care of the kiddies while I went to play, I'd get more mileage too! Come to think of it - that applies to skiing too.
My wife road the Death Ride along with me
post #27 of 78
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Originally Posted by Frau
I notice that all of these fantastic mileages are posted by guys. Trekchick and I are pitiful in comparison. I wonder if it has anything to do with guys having wives to take care of the kiddies while they take off and ride uber-centuries? If I had someone to do the housework and take care of the kiddies while I went to play, I'd get more mileage too! Come to think of it - that applies to skiing too.
My regular cycling buddy is female, so she did the 128 + 108 mile weekend with me. It was even her idea! Unfortunately, she doesn't ski (low tolerance to the cold).
post #28 of 78
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Originally Posted by Frau
I notice that all of these fantastic mileages are posted by guys. Trekchick and I are pitiful in comparison. I wonder if it has anything to do with guys having wives to take care of the kiddies while they take off and ride uber-centuries? If I had someone to do the housework and take care of the kiddies while I went to play, I'd get more mileage too! Come to think of it - that applies to skiing too.
C'mon Frau, you've got a daughter.
There was a Mother/daughter team from Tennesee on the FANY ride.
Since it isn't polite to ask a lady her age, I would guess daughter was 25-40 something and Mom was 50-60 something?? Really both in good shape and hard to guess their ages.
post #29 of 78
Quote:
Originally Posted by Frau
I notice that all of these fantastic mileages are posted by guys. Trekchick and I are pitiful in comparison. I wonder if it has anything to do with guys having wives to take care of the kiddies while they take off and ride uber-centuries? If I had someone to do the housework and take care of the kiddies while I went to play, I'd get more mileage too! Come to think of it - that applies to skiing too.
Like Kevin, my regular riding buddy for centuries is a female (ski instructor also). She does more centuries and rides a lot more than I do. She also teaches kick boxing and spin, along with her 9-5. Granted, she's single.
post #30 of 78
I have done 200 miles in one day through central Illinois. It took a long time. It was fairly flat but very hot and very windy. Not sure why I did that and I felt very good when it was over.

I have done Ride the Rockies several times. It is a wonderful
tour. The routes are different every year and some years are much
more challenging than others. It usually ends up being around 450 miles
for the week.

Nancy
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