Archive for July 19, 2012

Rapha Rising Wednesday Mega-ride

I’m working on a longer post with details from yesterday’s ride … but here is a quick summary:

  • Wake up at 3:45AM to begin riding by 4AM … a little slow getting going and out the door by 4:10AM
  • Do laps in my neighborhood for about an hour before it is light enough to head out on the open road
  • South Cove laps – hit 60.5 mph on deserted descent
  • Head over to Vestavia to do Skyland Repeats but chased by dog and decide to climb up Shades Crest instead
  • Refuel and say hi to the family at 7:30AM with over 9,000 feet of climbing already done
  • Green Valley / Bluff Park as thunderstorms build to the east … watch them head south towards Alabaster … pics later
  • Notice a thunderstorm building over Birmingham, Homewood heading my way … no way to avoid … stuck in it for 10 miles on the way home … lightning everywhere … flash/crack, flash/crack
  • Wait out the thunderstorm and have lunch
  • Head back out in the rain towards Mountain Brook/Irondale
  • Karl Daly climbs and KOM effort
  • Pulled over by Irondale police officer for running a red light (in front of Sam’s Club) and then riding wrong way against traffic. Whew … bad decision but thankfully no ticket
  • Home for afternoon break / food (see video below)
  • Back out for more Green Valley / Bluff Park / Vestavia climbing pushing all the way until an hour past sunset (no light but safe deserted roads)
  • Dinner and then only 38 miles left to hit 250 miles
  • Laps in Countrywood and Dolly Ridge … Kristine rigged my helmet up with a light duct-taped to the front and back … saw drunk driver on Dolly Ridge … all the way in my lane on the wrong side of the road heading very fast … safely avoided by riding into the ditch
  • Home for laps around the neighborhood with Kristine cheering me on … see pic below … rode until 11:59pm which happened to occur the final time up the hill in front of my house

Almost done – hot laps around the neighborhood all the way until 11:59PM. This one was taken at 11:48.

July 19, 2012 at 2:46 pm 1 comment


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Lots of climbing via double oak rollercoaster repeats. Caution bham cyclists ... I flatted halfway down Hugh Daniel descent today - don't know if there is something in the road so be careful! This pic doesn't have anything to do with that other than Hugh Daniel is the gap in the middle ridge line. 10000 ft of repeats on double oak. Started my repeats with 3000 ft of climbing already in the ride. Love that there is a railroad tie at the steepest part of the climb on the tower side. Finally, the tracks may be hard to see, but there are a bunch!

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