Archive for August, 2008

Utah Velo Century – New Milestone for Ann

| August 30, 2008 7:56 pm

Ann and Franz just completed the Utah Velo Century.  That makes four century rides done together on the tandem this year, and the third in the past four weeks. Ann reached a new milestone with this ride.  She has now biked 5,000 miles so far in 2008.  This is remarkable for her first full year of serious road cycling.

Utah Velo is a bike club in Utah we bike with and they put on an century ride just for their members.  I think about 35 riders showed up.

We stayed with the lead group of about 8 riders through the ride, which proved a challenge at times.  This group was made up of mostly young and fast riders.  We heard one fellow mention to another one he was trying to turn Pro!  At the last water stop we checked and had averaged 21.6 mph over 75 miles.

We were lucky to get our tandem front wheel rebuilt yesterday, in time for today’s ride.  The local bike shop had ordered a new rim and rebuilt it for us in an afternoon.  The wheel had been damaged on last Saturday’s century ride.

We had a great time on the ride.

Cache Valley Century

| August 23, 2008 9:00 pm

Great roads, great weather, and friendly riders sum up our experience with riding the Cache Valley Century. On Friday we drove up to Logan Utah to stay the night. After a lousy experience at an expensive Italian restaurant in the town, we returned to the motel to get an good nights sleep.

Before 6 am, we got up to get ready. The Best Western motel we were staying at had a great breakfast buffet so we fueled up before heading up the 12 miles to Richmond for the start.

We started at 7:30 am, along with two other tandem riders we knew. We rode with them for maybe 15 miles until we had a long gradual climb, where we pulled ahead. Since we had to get back home for a party that day we decided to proceed without them.

We were zooming along and would continue to pickup riders as they would join the long train of riders that were following us. At times we would take a break and move back in the pack. At mile 40 we made a stop at the second rest stop (we skipped the first one). After a short stop we were back on the bike, skipping the 3rd rest stop, and stopped at mile 71 for the lunch stop. They had a great lunch for us.

After lunch we started to form long pace lines again. We were doing much of the pulling, but did move to the back of the pack to get some recovery. About 10 miles from the finish, the rider in front of us did not have time to signal a bad pot hole. Although he was able to miss it himself, without any warning we hit it straight on. It was a real jolt. One of our water bottles flew out. As we came to a stop we saw we had flatted on the front.

After changing the tube we were off again. But when I had to touch the brakes the first time I felt some grabbing, realizing that that pot hole had done some damage to the rim on our front wheel.

We rolled into the finish averaging 20.2 mph, a total of about 5 hours riding time, and about 40 minutes of stopping time. It was a lot of fun. Except for the flat, which could happen on any ride, it was a very enjoyable century and one we would like to do again in the future.

Here are the stats:

Cache Valley Century

Distance: 100.3 miles, Climb: 2,080 feet
Date
Start
Finish
Total
Avg. Speed
Max HR
Avg HR
8/23/08
8:34 am
1:10 pm
5:36
20.2
163
133

When you can compare this with how we did on the recent Ulcer Century, you can see we averaged almost the same overall speed, but my average heart rate was significantly lower.  Must be the clean air up in Cache Valley.

Ulcer Century

Distance: 111 miles, Climb: 1,320 feet
Date
Start
Finish
Total
Avg. Speed
Max HR
Avg HR
8/09/08
7:22 am
1:14 pm
5:52
20.3
167
148
8/11/07
7:26 am
1:39 pm
6:13
20.7
176
155

New Tandem PR up Squaw Peak

| August 13, 2008 11:55 am

We got up early to make a climb up Squaw Peak before the warm temperatures arrived. It was rather cool with a head wind as we made our way up Provo Canyon. We exited from the bike trail over to the busy highway about a half of a mile before the entrance to the Squaw Peak road. Franz had made the climb earlier in the week with a time of 31:51 so we wanted to see how long it would take on the tandem. Our tandem time last year, when we first made the climb, was 47:03. We were sure we could beat that.

We pushed hard all the way up but did hold back some since we have a fast paced ride with the Utah Velo club this evening. We finished in under 40 minutes, for a new best time for us. The climb up Squaw Peak is 4.3 miles with a 7.4% grade. It is similar to the backside of Mt. Hamilton where the grade is close to 7.9% and the miles of the climb are a bit further.

We felt so good about our climb that when we got home we signed up for another century ride in a couple of weeks.

The weight and heart rate numbers in the table below are for Franz only.

Squaw Peak Climb

Distance: 4.3 miles, Climb: 1,700 feet, Avg Grade: 7.2%
Date
Time
Weight
Max HR
Avg HR
Ft/Min
Single
Tandem
8/11/08
38:47
138
168 158
43.9
8/10/08
31:51
138
171
155
53.4
8/6/08
32:27
141
172
162
52.3
5/30/08
47:03
142
161
141
36.2
8/12/07
34:22
136
164
150
49.5

Ulcer Century 2008

| August 9, 2008 3:10 pm

We finished the 111 mile Ulcer Century today.  The teams that were doing the team time trial went off at 7:20 AM and we left soon after that.  Unlike last year, this year we saw a lot of riders go down.  One rider was down at mile 5 as we passed by.  He had a very bloody face standing on the side of the road surrounded by his teammates.

We initially stayed in a big pack and found it took a lot of concentration because some of the riders were less than experienced riding in a pace line than they should be for those 24 mph speeds we were going.  One of the riders to the right of us hit a cone in the road when going through a round about and swerved to the right nearly going down and taking the rider to his right down too.   It is a good thing that we left some extra distance and stayed on the side of the pack because at about mile 20, several riders went down at the front of the peleton we were in.  We heard later that the front rider thought there was a right turn but then then suddenly corrected himself to go straight and someone touched a wheel.

We had enough of that so we decided to only pull, ride by ourselves or draft with a small group.  We started to pass a lot of riders, including the teams and a large peloton formed behind us.  We kept pulling for many miles until the rollers convinced us to slow the pace down and the riders went ahead.  We saw a couple more riders who had gone down as we passed by.  A bit scary.

Our first 62 miles was faster than last year, averaging 22 mph hour up to the lunch stop.  I think we went out too fast because we had to slow the pace after lunch, but still finished with a total time of 5:52, so we met our goal of doing it under 6 hours.  We arrived at the finish line at 1:14 pm, compared with 1:37 pm last year.  Ann had some cramping starting at around mile 70, but she kept working through it.  But you can see Ann looked great at the finish!

Franz’s average heart rate of 148 was significantly lower than last year;s 155, showing that Ann had really improved.

This table shows a comparision with last year.

Ulcer Century

Distance: 110 miles, Climb: 1,320 feet
Date
Start
Finish
Total
Avg. Speed
Max HR
Avg HR
8/09/08
7:22 am
1:14 pm
5:52
20.3
167
148
8/11/07
7:26 am
1:37 pm
6:13
20.7
176
155

Tandem up Hobble Creek – Saw a Moose

| August 6, 2008 8:00 pm

We took the tandem out today for a ride from our Utah condo.  We decided to use the Utah Velo Saturday ride route and head through Provo on University the over to Sprinville for a climb up Hobble Creek.  Hobble Creek is not much of a climb and in the entire 60 mile ride we didn’t even reach 2,000 feet of total climbing.  We did check out time on the time trial course and came with a 44 minute climb, not bad on a tandem when we were not really racing.  At the top we stopped to take some pictures.

There are some beautiful homes long Hobble Creek so we stopped on the way back to take a picture of a few of them.

Later in the day I went out on my single bike to climb Squaw Peak.  After making the climb I continued up the Provo Canyon highway to Nunn’s park and then went back down on the bike trail. About half way down I had to stop because there was a moose right in the middle of the bike trail.  I wish I had my camera with me but it was back on the tandem.  I have seen many deer before while on a road bike but never a moose.

Fun at the Park

| August 3, 2008 9:00 pm

On both Saturday and Sunday we took the kids over to the newly completed park in Dupont for a fine time.

Abigal’s Blessing

| 8:00 pm

On Sunday we tooks some pictures before heading off to church for Abigal’s blessing.

 

Sara and her two daughter’s posed for the last shot.

 

Visit to Pike’s Place

| August 2, 2008 8:00 pm

While visiting Sara’s house we all went up to Seattle on the Saturday.  After finding a parking place, we headed over to Pike’s Place.  Our first stop was the fish market.

It was then over to bike some donuts.

We explored down the long narrow building through the closely packed shops, which reminded us of Tokyo.

After going back outside, Sara stopped to take some photos before heading back to the car.

Next stop was lunch at Ivar’s Fish Bar.

The kids then went out on the pier to feed the birds.

They were having the air show that day.  I just happend to be looking up at the planes when I caught this shot of one plane leaving a circular path behind it.

See all the pictures.