I went 132 miles, about 212 kilometers, on December 23rd. With a route that I figured out online the night before and jotted onto a piece of paper, I headed south from the house in a 22 degree wind chill. Definitely winging it, but I figured that would be half the fun.
This was a solo ride as my buddy Ben was a late scratch. We had planned to do it together but he is nursing an ankle injury and had to sit this one out.
My goal for the Rapha 500 is to not only get the patch, but also to kick the crap out of the 500k mark. Why not, right?
My buddy Ben and I are going far on the 23rd. The theme of the ride will be to celebrate “Festivus” from Seinfeld fame. We will start with an airing of grievances and feats of strength. Then we’re just going to pick a direction and roll. We’ll do a little mapping ahead of time but we’ll be exploring new roads so we’ll keep things pretty flexible. My wife will be locking in “Wife of the Year” for 2011 as she has volunteered to come and pick us up wherever we finish. This ride should be epic.
On the 24th I’ll join the Wild Stallions for their Christmas ride. My friend Christy organizes the Wild Stallion rides a couple of times a week and always has a good group. This ride will probably be 30-40 miles so I’ll look to add some on the end to get closer to 100k. Read more...(273 words, 1 image)
Getting a cycling gift for the cyclist in your life is always special. More than getting them something they need, you’re also letting them know that you support the time and effort they spend on their bike. And we know it can be a lot of time. The support you’re showing is truly special and priceless. So now you want to show it by getting them a present. But what do you get the cyclist in your life for Christmas?
Here is the readyforplanb.com Christmas list for cyclists: Read more...(410 words)
Give the gift of warmth. For cyclists hitting the road this winter, the best place to start is on their feet and hands. These overshoes by Rapha are perfect for keeping toes nice and warm no matter how ugly the weather gets. Or swing by your local bike shop and grab some nice gloves. Overshoes Price: $60.00
Entertainment for indoor sessions on the trainer. This can be an iTunes gift card, some audio books or a training DVD that simulates a ride. A good one would be the 2011 Epic Rides Virtual Ride DVD Rouge Roubaix LA. Price: $30.00