Cleveland Critical Mass May Ride, Fri., May 26th

https://www.facebook.com/events/382956668766218/?ti=as

21st-22nd Long Distance Rides Sat. and MONDAY May 27th and 29th

>>>  This weekend’s rides will be on Saturday and Monday.

Here’s the route:   https://ridewithgps.com/routes/20980977

The rides will be going to Lagrange, Wellington, and Ashland for 29, 52, 72, and 122 flat to rolling miles. If you want to do distances shorter than the planned distances you can pick your turn-around points. Each week a group of riders opt for shorter distances.

The rides will start at 9:00 am at 170 Lee Rd., Berea.

Here are the distances planned:

Warm-up Route Valley City Minit Mart 29 miles
Short Route Lagrange Subway 52 miles
Medium Route Wellington Subway 74 miles
Long Route Ashland Subway 122 miles

Cue sheets will be available.

 

— “No Whining, No Cheating, No Drugs, No Motorized Vehicles, and No Abusing the Organizer”

 

 

 

2017: Our 35th Year – Quite Possibly Our Last – National 24 Hour Challenge

http://www.n24hc.org/announcements/2017-35th-year-quite-possibly-last/

Watch “Fixing a puncture with no hands” on YouTube

20th Long Distance Ride Report

 

It was one of those days where it was borderline comfy at the start but once we got going, it warmed up and was nice and comfortable. The 68 degree temperature felt like 58 degrees for most of the morning. When we left Wellington, we were hoping that we would see the elk at the elk farm and we did. However, seeing the elk made us hungry. All we could think about was elk burgers for miles.   The ride from that area to Ashland was really nice. The roads were quiet and once we got on the main roads into town, we rolled downhill for about 10 miles into Ashland.   In Ashland, it was sunny and warm and we were glad that we were on the roads. The next stretch was also beautiful with quite a bit of climbing. At mile 90, in Valley City, we were in a daze and were ready to be home.   All in all, it was a wonderful day to be out. It was one of the best routes of the season. We’ll have to put it on the calendar again.

 

Riders included:

 

Amanda Wolf
Eric Overton
Joe Ochmanski
Tony Kascak

 

Welcome to the group: Amanda Wolf

Riders 4
Max. Miles 123-130 miles
Temperature 55-70 degrees with winds at 3-9 mph (NNE)
Close Calls 0
Mechanical Failures 0
Mishaps 0
Fixed Gear, Single Speed, Cyclocross, or Mountain Bike 0

 

“The only thing better than a 12 hour challenge is a 24 hour challenge”   –John Clay

19th Long Distance Ride Report

Farm near Mantua

Unofficial nature break in Mantua

 

We had 3 riders to start and met James on the route.  After what seems like weeks of rain, the skies clear up just in time for the ride. The roads were dry and the skies were very clear.  Once we got out on the open roads, we notice that the skies were an unusually clear, pretty blue.  However, there were cold winds coming out of the north.  We were in luck on this route though. There were plenty of trees (and hills to block some of the wind). 😉  Once we left Chagrin Falls, we could feel some of the effects of the winds. On some of the downhills, we were maxing out at 21 mph with the winds in our faces.  The roads were beat up but they were very quiet.  We all appreciated that.  We took some new routes and took the Freedom trail from Kent all the way to Akron. That was the first time that we’ve ridden that many miles on that particular trail.

At mile 88, the riders needed some beverages

 

Riders included:

Eric Overton
James Grady
John Hoopingarner
Tim New

Welcome to the group: 0

 

 

 

Riders 4
Max. Miles 119-127 miles
Temperature 48-56 degrees with winds at 10-22 mph (with 29 mph gusts) (NW)
Close Calls 0
Mechanical Failures 0
Mishaps 0
Fixed Gear, Single Speed, Cyclocross, or Mountain Bike 0

 

“The only thing better than a 12 hour challenge is a 24 hour challenge”   –John Clay

Horsey Hundred Bike Tour, May 27th-28th (Kentucky)

http://www.horseyhundred.com/

Danny Chew: “Paralyzed Cyclist Rides on Toward One Million Miles” (Video)

https://www.greatbigstory.com/stories/the-million-mile-man

 

18th Long Distance Ride Report

Sunday

The morning was very pleasant. It was one of those days to wear shorts and short sleeves.   If there was any wind, we weren’t aware of it at the start.  Most of the course is sheltered from wind and hills anyway.  We ran into a couple of riders at Shawnee Hills who warned us about the winds but we didn’t feel it until we started heading in the direction of Kent.  There was some heavy winds out there on some of the open stretches.  I remember once or twice going down an incline and maxing out at 21 mph.  There were several other times where the gusts were rocking the bike. 

Near Chagrin Falls we ran into Andre Hussain who hung out with us for a few minutes. Also in Chagrin Falls, at the water stop, was Bob and Mary, who were doing the route in reverse on their tandem.  What a coincidence to run into them at the rest stop and what a course to do on a tandem but I’m sure that they made easy work out of it.  At Chagrin Falls also was James, who joined us for the remainder of the route to Kent and beyond. 

The roads out there weren’t the smoothest but everyone appreciated how quiet they were.

One of the odd things about the ride was how so many people had to split off in different directions to get back to their start points.   2 riders broke off early.  Another 2 split off at Shawnee Hills.  2 riders rode the course in reverse.  Near Old 8 and Rte. 303 there were 4 of us.  One rider needed to go east and south, 1 rider needed to go east, and 2 of us needed to drop down into the valley.  Finally at about 12 miles from the end, 1 rider need to break off and that left 1 to ride solo back to the start-finish.

What a day!

 

Riders included:

 

Bob Anthony James Grady
Bryan Sharp Jeff Kompa
Chuck Seitz John Hoopingarner
Don Aldridge Mark Papajcik
Eric Overton Mary Anthony

 

Welome to the group: 0

Riders 10
Max. Miles 110-115 miles
Temperature 58-68 degrees with winds at 11-28 mph (with 37 mph gusts) (ESE)
Close Calls 0
Mechanical Failures 0
Mishaps 0
Fixed Gear, Single Speed, Cyclocross, or Mountain Bike Bob and Mary were on a tandem

 

“The only thing better than a 12 hour challenge is a 24 hour challenge”   –John Clay

Upcoming LDCC Cycling Challenge News

—  Are you ready to go long?

Here’s the latest update on the upcoming long and super long rides that we have planned.  Some of the details are still being worked out but here goes.    

  • The ride times for these 4 dates will be 8:00.  If you want to start at 7:30, I can host riders at 7:30 but the official start time will be 8:00.
  • The rides will happen on Saturday and Sunday, May 6th, 7th, 13th, and 14th. This will give you 4 opportunities to do the route, if you’re interested.
  • The distance covered will be 52, 76, 115, 122, 156, and 173 miles

The links to the routes are listed below but there’s a problem with including too many links in a post so I hope it works.  I will look like spam and will likely get sent to your spam boxes.  I unlinked to of the routes so you may have to copy and paste into your search window. There may be some revisions later this week but here they are in case you want to study them or plan your early bailout from the course. 

Short/Mediumhttps://ridewithgps.com/routes/20772801

Short/Medium Routes
Rest Stop City Venue Route
1 Bedford Shawnee Hills 52 miles
2 Chagrin Falls Einstein Bagels 76 miles
3 Kent Franklin Square 115/122 miles
4 Brecksville Panera 115 miles
  Akron TBA 122 miles
5 Akron Bruegger’s Bagel 122 miles

Long:  https://ridewithgps.com/routes/20774275

Long Route    
 Rest Stop City Venue Route
1 Bedford Shawnee Hills  
2 Chagrin Falls Einstein Bagels  
3 Kent Franklin Square  
4      
5 Akron TBA  
6      
7 Doylestown Subway 156 miles
8      
  Lodi Subway 156 miles

Super Long:   https://ridewithgps.com/routes/20780402

Super Long Route      
 Rest Stop City Venue Route
1 Bedford Shawnee Hills  
2 Chagrin Falls Einstein Bagels  
3 Kent Franklin Square  
4      
5 Akron TBA  
6      
7 Doylestown Subway  
8 Wooster Subway 173 miles
9 Lodi Subway 173 miles