Showing posts with the label Bicycle Events

Endurance Cycling for Seniors

  Endurance Cycling for Seniors: Navigating the Challenges of a 24-Hour Bicycle Ride I have rode in the 24 Hour in the Canyon event a few times in the past decade. Riding a bicycle for 24 hours is grueling. The ride starts on a Saturday at noon and ends at noon on Sunday. I always did best the first 8 or 9 hours, which is completely expected. The next many hours are when we would plunge into darkness in the canyon and the temperature would fall from the upper 90's down into the 50's. Believe me, that takes it toll on you quickly.  I loved riding as the sun comes up. You know there are just a few hours left and you start to feel the warmth on your face. It kind of gives you a bit of an adrenaline rush. That last few hours were just painful. You are either close to 200 miles into the 24 hour ride or more. My best was 234 miles but I can't seem to get close to that many miles now. A 24-hour bicycle ride is a challenging feat for any cyclist, but it can be particularly demandin

RAGBRAI: Cycling Across Iowa and Experiencing the Heartland

RAGBRAI (The Register's Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa) is a beloved cycling event that draws thousands of participants from all over the world. It is a seven-day ride that takes cyclists across the state of Iowa, from the Missouri River to the Mississippi River. Along the way, riders pass through small towns and rural areas, experiencing the unique culture and hospitality of Iowa. This year's ride is July 22-29 and the route is on the photo you see here. Each year, the number of participants in RAGBRAI varies, with estimates ranging from 10,000 to 20,000 cyclists. The ride is fully supported, with luggage transport, bike mechanics, and medical staff available throughout the week. This allows riders to focus on the adventure and camaraderie of the ride, rather than logistical details. One of the questions that many people have about RAGBRAI is where participants sleep. The overnight towns along the route provide camping facilities, which include showers and restrooms. Pa

Hotter'N Hell Hundred: A Challenging Ride with a Festival Atmosphere

The Hotter'N Hell Hundred is a cycling event that I am intimately familiar with, having ridden it a number of times. This challenging race, held annually in Wichita Falls, Texas, attracts thousands of cyclists from all over the world who are ready to take on its demanding course and extreme weather conditions. I have personally ridden the century route of the Hotter'N Hell Hundred, which spans 100 miles through the flatlands of North Texas with occasional hills and sharp turns. One year, I rode the race when the temperature soared over 110 degrees Fahrenheit, making it one of the hottest years on record. Despite being in peak physical condition and well-prepared for the heat, I began cramping at mile 75. Fortunately, the Hotter'N Hell Hundred is known for its exceptional support for riders. There are numerous rest stops along the route that provide food, drinks, and medical attention if needed. As I began to experience cramping, I made my way to one of the many medical tent