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Title: [HAMR] "WHIP" the HAM'R
Post by: Aidan on February 19, 2016, 02:40:07 pm
Alicia is going for it :thumbsup:
Title: Re: "WHIP" the HAM'R
Post by: Jacamo on February 19, 2016, 02:41:58 pm
(https://scontent-lga3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xaf1/v/t1.0-9/12662669_1703267429914963_9008446969816775891_n.jpg?oh=91904b197d666bdcbbf71db79580302c&oe=576EC525)
Title: Re: "WHIP" the HAM'R
Post by: Laid Back Rich on February 19, 2016, 03:02:51 pm
woo-hoo great news, good luck Alicia  :thumbsup:

though maybe not for Kajsa  :-\
Title: Re: "WHIP" the HAM'R
Post by: Karla on February 19, 2016, 03:03:55 pm
Best of British to both of them  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: "WHIP" the HAM'R
Post by: SoreTween on February 19, 2016, 03:14:48 pm
woo-hoo great news, good luck Alicia  :thumbsup:

though maybe not for Kajsa  :-\
Different records, Kajsa has continued undrafted so the two records should stand side by side.

IIRC Jacquie Schlitter is having a crack soon, she'll be under HAMR rules.
Title: Re: "WHIP" the HAM'R
Post by: macnark on February 19, 2016, 03:23:06 pm
Any news when this will start? 

This is all very good indeed,  I'm really pleased to see so much interest has been revived in these records! :-)

Very best wishes to Alica and Team!
Title: Re: "WHIP" the HAM'R
Post by: Phil W on February 19, 2016, 03:41:38 pm
End of March according to Alicia's FB posts.
Title: Re: "WHIP" the HAM'R
Post by: simonp on February 19, 2016, 03:42:04 pm
Nuts!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: "WHIP" the HAM'R
Post by: Canardly on February 19, 2016, 03:55:56 pm
Way to go!
Title: Re: "WHIP" the HAM'R
Post by: Wobbly John on February 19, 2016, 04:43:38 pm
Bike Type (circle one)...

Is that gonna work?  ???

Go Whip!    :thumbsup:
Title: Re: "WHIP" the HAM'R
Post by: Freya on February 19, 2016, 05:18:40 pm
Ooooh! Those two are just as bad as each other :thumbsup:
Title: Re: "WHIP" the HAM'R
Post by: fboab on February 19, 2016, 05:32:59 pm
Excellent. Sometimes I'm happy to be wrong.
Title: Re: "WHIP" the HAM'R
Post by: wajcgac on February 19, 2016, 05:53:28 pm
woo-hoo great news, good luck Alicia  :thumbsup:

though maybe not for Kajsa  :-\
Different records, Kajsa has continued undrafted so the two records should stand side by side.

IIRC Jacquie Schlitter is having a crack soon, she'll be under HAMR rules.

They may be should stand side by side, but currently that won't be the case.

There is no distinction between drafting and non-drafting records as Guinness have accepted Kurt's UMCA (HAMR rules) ride as their own new World Record. There will be only one overall Guinness World Record Holder in each of the male and female categories unless they create separate drafting and non-drafting records in the future (I hope for Kajsa that this is the case).

Up until that point there could have been a clear distinction - register with the UMCA and it's a UMCA approved drafting record, register with Guinness and it's a non-drafting record.

I wonder if UMCA are accepting rides done under Guinness rules in a reciprocal agreement. Otherwise we could have a World Record Holder who rode under Guinness rules who doesn't feature in the UMCA age or overall categories. I thought part of the rationale of Guinness accepting UMCA approved rides was to prevent the situation where we had different records for the same thing under different governing bodies.

A bit messy if that is indeed the case.

Title: Re: "WHIP" the HAM'R
Post by: Ham on February 19, 2016, 06:29:05 pm
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x_xmujSyxkU

 ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: "WHIP" the HAM'R
Post by: wajcgac on February 19, 2016, 06:31:51 pm

I've just seen the latest video from Kajsa

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V3_72NT930I (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V3_72NT930I)

It seems Guinness have now retracted their rule changes that brought them in to line with the UMCA rules and Kajsa has been assured that they won't be changed again in the future.

So we now effectively have different rules for the Guinness male (drafting allowed etc) and female (non drafting etc) year records.

Does that have implications for Alicia who entering via the UMCA would have expected a Guinness Record acceptance just like Kurt?

Title: Re: "WHIP" the HAM'R
Post by: Whip on February 19, 2016, 07:26:58 pm
Thanks you for all the support!

"Whip crack away, whip crack away!" - funny Ham!!!!

FYI, Jacquie Schlitter is a friend of mine and has informed me that she won't be attempting the women's record at this time. Although, she is supporting me and my attempt along with... pssst an up and coming dynamo (you'll find out very soon if you haven't guessed).

As far as Guinness, it looks like it is what has been. I think the difference is that the UMCA is an official cycling verifying body. Whether Guinness will accept the women's record from the UMCA, we'll have to see. Guinness is not an official cycling verifying body, therefore I doubt the UMCA will accept a record from them, but I could be wrong. Whether I make it into Guinness has no bearing on my attempt. I just want to ride a century a day for a year and if it counts somewhere, great!

Yes, I'll be riding an upright and a recumbent. One circle = both
Title: Re: "WHIP" the HAM'R
Post by: Basil on February 19, 2016, 07:40:52 pm
Good luck, Whip.  I'll be following your efforts (from my armchair) with interest and support.

GO WHIP!
Title: Re: "WHIP" the HAM'R
Post by: SoreTween on February 19, 2016, 08:01:26 pm
Not the first time IIRC has been a flat 'no, you don't', won't be the last.

Best of luck Whip, I too shall be keenly watching from my warm & comfortable chair  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: "WHIP" the HAM'R
Post by: Auntie Helen on February 19, 2016, 09:35:43 pm
Best of luck! This year is turning out to have great entertainment with Kajsa and now Alicia!
Title: Re: "WHIP" the HAM'R
Post by: Wowbagger on February 19, 2016, 11:51:10 pm
Nuts!  :thumbsup:

Walnut, Whip?

Best of luck, Alicia!
Title: Re: "WHIP" the HAM'R
Post by: Marmitegeoff on February 20, 2016, 05:10:13 am
Best of luck! This year is turning out to have great entertainment with Kajsa and now Alicia!

Go Both of you.  my armchair becons.
Title: Re: "WHIP" the HAM'R
Post by: Ningishzidda on February 20, 2016, 06:49:33 am
Go Alicia.

The motto “Fortune favours the bold” was and is the motto of the Dixon family dating back to Sir James Dixon, 2nd Baronet of Hywortone. A Northumberland family.

Sir James’ son Robertus Dixon was the great grandfather of the surveyor Jeremiah Dixon, who together with Charles Mason, devised the Mason-Dixon line.

In American folklore, the southern states are affectionately referred to as ‘Dixie’.

Kurt rode his HAMR in Dixie, so IMHO, Fortune favoured the bold.

May the same be upon Alicia.
Title: Re: "WHIP" the HAM'R
Post by: Si S on February 20, 2016, 07:20:29 am
 8)  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: "WHIP" the HAM'R
Post by: marcusjb on February 20, 2016, 08:26:40 am
Of course, the most amazing part of this whole endeavour is I never had the Whip down as a day over 30.  ;D

The very best of luck for your attempt, clearly you are one of a very select group that truly know what is required to ride consistent big miles, and I hope that those experiences pay huge dividends during the darker hours.

This all has the makings of a true Hollywood blockbuster!

Go go go!
Title: Re: "WHIP" the HAM'R
Post by: Bianchi Boy on February 20, 2016, 09:42:25 am
Kurt riding point  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: "WHIP" the HAM'R
Post by: Polar Bear on February 20, 2016, 10:25:13 am
Of course, the most amazing part of this whole endeavour is I never had the Whip down as a day over 30.  ;D
...

Just as a US liquid gallon is 2/3rds of an imperial gallon, it would make sense if US years are similarly proportioned.   I reckon this puts Alicia at about 33 or 34 real years old.    ;)
Title: Re: "WHIP" the HAM'R
Post by: clarion on February 20, 2016, 11:01:57 am
Allez Alicia!
Title: Re: "WHIP" the HAM'R
Post by: Psychler on February 20, 2016, 12:36:52 pm
...I never had the Whip down as a day over 30.  ;D


You old smoothie!
Title: Re: "WHIP" the HAM'R
Post by: CrazyEnglishTriathlete on February 20, 2016, 01:31:52 pm
Good luck Whip

Title: Re: "WHIP" the HAM'R
Post by: yanto on February 20, 2016, 04:05:14 pm
Of course, the most amazing part of this whole endeavour is I never had the Whip down as a day over 30.  ;D
...

Just as a US liquid gallon is 2/3rds of an imperial gallon, it would make sense if US years are similarly proportioned.   I reckon this puts Alicia at about 33 or 34 real years old.    ;)

Pedant hat in place  ;D, it is Just over 4/5ths or about 0.83 imp gallons  :thumbsup:  But i'm not going to equate that to age or looks, oh no.
Title: Re: "WHIP" the HAM'R
Post by: flashpeddler on February 20, 2016, 05:25:28 pm
What fantastic news!!  Wishing you all the very best of luck.  Will Kurt be in the RV shouting "don't forget your blinky!"

At least you won't have to take time off to get married!  Can you also please let me know how you stay looking so young - I was truly shocked when I saw your form!!

I'm sure you'll give this record a huge whipping

Title: Re: "WHIP" the HAM'R
Post by: Clemo on February 20, 2016, 07:24:47 pm
All the very best on your attempt Alicia  :thumbsup: Im looking forward to the story unfolding.
Title: Re: "WHIP" the HAM'R
Post by: TimC on February 20, 2016, 07:42:26 pm
Ooh, the HAM'R* goes on and on giving! This has been an exciting 14 months already. I was loving watching Kajsa's efforts (and especially her videos), but this will add more spice to 2016-7. Go Alicia!


*Yes, I know Kajsa's not doing HAM'R officially, but you know what I mean.
Title: Re: "WHIP" the HAM'R
Post by: Citizenfish on February 21, 2016, 04:40:34 pm
This is such brilliant news. And what a great moment in history it would be to see the men's and women's record holders stand together. The last time that happened was at a race track near Paddington in May 1940.
Title: Re: "WHIP" the HAM'R
Post by: wajcgac on February 21, 2016, 07:08:21 pm
Even more special considering they are husband and wife.
Title: Re: "WHIP" the HAM'R
Post by: Deano on February 21, 2016, 08:27:35 pm
Excellent news - good luck, Alicia!
Title: Re: "WHIP" the HAM'R
Post by: Polar Bear on February 21, 2016, 08:58:32 pm
Of course, the most amazing part of this whole endeavour is I never had the Whip down as a day over 30.  ;D
...

Just as a US liquid gallon is 2/3rds of an imperial gallon, it would make sense if US years are similarly proportioned.   I reckon this puts Alicia at about 33 or 34 real years old.    ;)

Pedant hat in place  ;D, it is Just over 4/5ths or about 0.83 imp gallons  :thumbsup:  But i'm not going to equate that to age or looks, oh no.

Yeah, I did bend teh numbers slightly, for effect.    ;)
Title: Re: "WHIP" the HAM'R
Post by: andyoxon on February 22, 2016, 12:47:13 pm
On road.cc... :)   Alicia Searvogel to attempt Billie Fleming's Year record (http://road.cc/content/news/179696-alicia-searvogel-attempt-billie-flemings-year-record)
Title: Re: "WHIP" the HAM'R
Post by: The French Tandem on February 22, 2016, 05:55:15 pm
So finally Kurt is going to know what it's like to spend a year driving a camper van. That's what we call gender equality!  All the best to both of you!
Title: Re: "WHIP" the HAM'R
Post by: Manotea on February 22, 2016, 06:36:16 pm
But will he seek to emulate Alicia or use the cruise control?
Title: Re: "WHIP" the HAM'R
Post by: Mr Larrington on February 22, 2016, 06:54:24 pm
On road.cc... :)   Alicia Searvogel to attempt Billie Fleming's Year record (http://road.cc/content/news/179696-alicia-searvogel-attempt-billie-flemings-year-record)

Smashing picture in that article :thumbsup:
Title: Re: "WHIP" the HAM'R
Post by: Ham on February 22, 2016, 08:10:07 pm
But will he seek to emulate Alicia or use the cruise control?

I think he'll have to use the crew's control
Title: Re: "WHIP" the HAM'R
Post by: clarion on February 22, 2016, 09:45:12 pm
She's only doing it to add a few chapters to the book. ;)
Title: Re: "WHIP" the HAM'R
Post by: Whip on February 24, 2016, 02:17:30 pm
She's only doing it to add a few chapters to the book. ;)

Damn, you're onto me.
Years of events and Kurt has never been on a support crew. How much support will I really need? Haha, this could be fun... bwhahahaha... O:-)

Thanks again to Citizenfish for another great book!!!!

BTW, don't forget your blinkie!
Title: Re: "WHIP" the HAM'R
Post by: Citizenfish on February 24, 2016, 05:18:04 pm
Couldn't resist it when I heard you were thinking of popping over.  Like Kurt I packed in my job for a year to write that one
Title: Re: "WHIP" the HAM'R
Post by: crowriver on February 26, 2016, 10:11:05 pm
All the best Alicia!

We shall all be giving you our support here on the forum, I'm sure.
Title: Re: "WHIP" the HAM'R
Post by: crowriver on February 26, 2016, 10:15:42 pm
Whip it by Devo:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IIEVqFB4WUo (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IIEVqFB4WUo)
Title: Re: "WHIP" the HAM'R
Post by: orraloon on March 01, 2016, 06:57:59 pm
This posted on Fb today;  revving up...

"Cyclasana Balanced Fitness - AKA Coach Kurt is very happy with our first testing session. Our goal before announcing the start day for Alicia's attempt is to make sure her fueling and recovery are working correctly. To this end we are doing two test sessions: the first with 3 centuries in a row, which we have just completed and the second with 4 centuries in a row. Alicia is taking a day off today and the second session will run from Wednesday - Saturday. If all goes according to plan we announce Saturday night a start date of March 26. - Kurt"
Title: Re: "WHIP" the HAM'R
Post by: orraloon on March 14, 2016, 10:08:17 am
Whip looks to be struggling with knee issues in her training.

For those who don't access her Fbook posts, this appeared yesterday:

"Anyone who has had or knows anything about knee issues with the symptoms being sharp pain above, below and behind the kneecap - please comment. The problem is only while riding, especially after climbing."

which appeared after this earlier extract:

"...Kurt was great to stay with me throughout the entire ride (he usually takes off with the fast kids). I was good for about 30 miles keeping up a 18- 20+ mph pace, but then the knee pain flared up. It got worse and worse which reflected on any power even when spinning. My speed usually drops after two hours of riding with him anyways. At a snails pace, Kurt stayed with me. If I dropped under 10 mph climbing he would put his hand on my back and help me up the hills even when I didn't want help. He said it gave him an extra workout... whatever. The sharp pain in my knees become unbearable and I would have to stop for a few minutes. My fear is blowing them up. The pain would subside and I'd have a temporary burst of energy. I made it to the end (less 10 miles because we made a wrong turn). I really need to get this sorted out professionally before it turns into an injury. ..."
Title: Re: "WHIP" the HAM'R
Post by: Bianchi Boy on March 14, 2016, 08:39:02 pm
How much ridding did Whip do in the last year? Three and then four 100 miles rides is tough for anyone (except a select few) it sounds like an overuse injury. I sometime get knee pains if I have not ridden very much and then do a long ride. Have to settle back into normal daily rhythm and then increase mileage again.

My body does not like quick increase in mileage.

BB
Title: Re: "WHIP" the HAM'R
Post by: clarion on March 15, 2016, 06:59:01 am
In the latter part of the year, she got a lot more miles in.
Title: Re: "WHIP" the HAM'R
Post by: Whip on March 17, 2016, 01:56:05 pm
Kurt put a shout out to YACF and I talked about the YEAR on this podcast interview with Over The Top.
http://www.acast.com/overthetopcycling/overthetopcycling-kurt-aliciasearvogelhamr?autoplay

Update: moved my seat up and forward plus added pedal extensions called "knee savers" and what a difference! Overuse and climbing a lot when we've been in the flats for a year hasn't helped. Otherwise, fittness is great. We were in Arizona yesterday and asthma was a bit of a problem which I haven't had an issue with for a long long time. Interesting to see what pops up so that we can get it all manageable beforehand. Off to New Mexico and then to Texas to catch a ride with Hell Week (doesn't that sound nice, huh).
Title: Re: "WHIP" the HAM'R
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on March 17, 2016, 02:13:04 pm
Glad to hear you've found a potential solution to your problem. GL
Title: Re: "WHIP" the HAM'R
Post by: Clemo on March 17, 2016, 02:13:30 pm
I had to google what knee savers were, first result was a foam mat  :-\ :) then found the correct website  :thumbsup: putting the pedals wider apart seems simple and obviously works.
Title: Re: "WHIP" the HAM'R
Post by: JohnR on March 18, 2016, 10:33:11 am
Good Luck Alicia, I too will be watching your progress from the comfort of my armchair. Does Kurt know how to use the cooker etc? :D

Think I'll try a pair of these knee saver thingy's as it's becoming clear that on a long ride (200Km) I am suffering from cramps in my feet and in my ankles which seems to come and go during the ride, most uncomfortable. I am a little Charlie Chaplin in my walk (toes pointing outwards, no moustache and cane).

Title: Re: "WHIP" the HAM'R
Post by: TimC on March 18, 2016, 10:39:34 am
Glad you've found some alleviation to the knee issue. Bummer about the asthma though; was that heat/dust related? Good luck, Alicia!!
Title: Re: "WHIP" the HAM'R
Post by: Datameister on March 18, 2016, 12:59:51 pm
I had to google what knee savers were, first result was a foam mat  :-\ :) then found the correct website  :thumbsup: putting the pedals wider apart seems simple and obviously works.

^^This

Only 1cm either side but my knees no longer trace a figure of eight when I get tired.
Title: Re: "WHIP" the HAM'R
Post by: Citizenfish on March 18, 2016, 02:57:30 pm
Kurt put a shout out to YACF and I talked about the YEAR on this podcast interview with Over The Top.
http://www.acast.com/overthetopcycling/overthetopcycling-kurt-aliciasearvogelhamr?autoplay

Update: moved my seat up and forward plus added pedal extensions called "knee savers" and what a difference! Overuse and climbing a lot when we've been in the flats for a year hasn't helped. Otherwise, fittness is great. We were in Arizona yesterday and asthma was a bit of a problem which I haven't had an issue with for a long long time. Interesting to see what pops up so that we can get it all manageable beforehand. Off to New Mexico and then to Texas to catch a ride with Hell Week (doesn't that sound nice, huh).

This is a great interview and well worth a listen. I type this and I'm only 9 minutes in!

And I get a mention ;-)
Title: Re: "WHIP" the HAM'R
Post by: clarion on March 18, 2016, 03:00:49 pm
I couldn't get it to play :'(
Title: Re: "WHIP" the HAM'R
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on March 18, 2016, 03:20:00 pm
Shame

I was WFH yesterday so played this on headphones while I did some testing. Interesting to listen to an experienced (cycling) audience question Kurt and 'Whip'.
Title: Re: "WHIP" the HAM'R
Post by: Basil on March 18, 2016, 04:00:34 pm
Crack on, Whip. 

Oh! The Kurt's RV is a-rollin' on over the plains,
With the curtains flappin' and the driver slappin' the reins.
Beautiful sky! A wonderful day!
Whip crack-away!, Whip crack-away!, Whip crack-away!

Oh! The Kurt's RV is a-headin' on over the hills,
Where the puncture flints are thicker than porcupine quills.
Dangerous land! No time to delay!
So, Whip crack-away!, Whip crack-away!, Whip crack-away!

Title: Re: "WHIP" the HAM'R
Post by: clarion on March 18, 2016, 04:04:43 pm
Alicia Searvogel played by Doris Day?  Does that make Kurt Howard Keel?
Title: Re: "WHIP" the HAM'R
Post by: Psychler on March 27, 2016, 12:01:28 am
From posts on Facebook it looks like Alicia's broken her clavicle - bugger and damnation!!!

Get well soon Mrs Whip!
Title: Re: "WHIP" the HAM'R
Post by: Hummers on March 29, 2016, 06:55:55 am
From posts on Facebook it looks like Alicia's broken her clavicle - bugger and damnation!!!

Get well soon Mrs Whip!

Buggeration!

Sorry to hear that - get well soon Alicia.

H
Title: Re: "WHIP" the HAM'R
Post by: TimC on March 29, 2016, 07:12:46 am
GWS Alicia. Sounds painful!
Title: Re: "WHIP" the HAM'R
Post by: Clemo on March 29, 2016, 11:19:22 am
Heal fast Whip!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: "WHIP" the HAM'R
Post by: Canardly on March 29, 2016, 01:04:05 pm
Ouch. GWS.
Title: Re: "WHIP" the HAM'R
Post by: SoreTween on April 18, 2016, 07:33:22 pm
Any update on recovery & rescheduled start?

Ta in advance, I'm farcebook phobic.
Title: Re: "WHIP" the HAM'R
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on April 19, 2016, 09:28:17 am
Any update on recovery & rescheduled start?

Ta in advance, I'm farcebook phobic.
I follow Alicia and Kurt on facebook and while they've posted pictures of pretty places they have visited, there has been no news about hamr
Title: Re: "WHIP" the HAM'R
Post by: SoreTween on April 19, 2016, 08:19:08 pm
Thanks  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: "WHIP" the HAM'R
Post by: Phil W on April 19, 2016, 09:11:30 pm
The collarbone isn't healing and she might need surgery. So till that's resolved you won't be hearing too much about a start date.
Title: Re: "WHIP" the HAM'R
Post by: andyoxon on May 21, 2016, 02:31:58 pm
Just listened to Kurt and Alicia's interview mentioned above on acast.com; YACF mention is at ~34:25.
Title: Re: "WHIP" the HAM'R
Post by: Phil W on May 29, 2016, 04:18:04 pm
Alicia's attempt will start on June 4th.
Title: Re: "WHIP" the HAM'R
Post by: SoreTween on May 29, 2016, 09:37:08 pm
woohoo! Fine roads and fair winds Whip. Mostly though I hope the obvious implication for your shoulder is correct.
Title: Re: "WHIP" the HAM'R
Post by: Mr Larrington on May 30, 2016, 04:04:13 pm
Alicia's attempt will start on June 4th.

Do we know where?

(Pictures Alicia and Amanda in a Flatwoods Standoff)
Title: Re: "WHIP" the HAM'R
Post by: Basil on May 30, 2016, 06:00:18 pm
Alicia's attempt will start on June 4th.

Do we know where?

(Pictures Alicia and Amanda in a Flatwoods Standoff)

It's grid-lock!
Title: Re: "WHIP" the HAM'R
Post by: Phil W on June 03, 2016, 12:07:50 am
Alicia's attempt will start on June 4th.

Do we know where?

(Pictures Alicia and Amanda in a Flatwoods Standoff)

Round the Rock event, Arkansas. She's doing the 100 mile event with Kurt.



It's grid-lock!
Title: Re: "WHIP" the HAM'R
Post by: clarion on June 06, 2016, 10:30:40 am
Day 1 seemed to go well.  Day 2 sounded harder.  But Alicia is consistently riding centuries.
Title: Re: "WHIP" the HAM'R
Post by: rafletcher on June 06, 2016, 10:57:27 am
She appears (at present) to be splitting her rides, 100m am and around 30-40m pm?

And yesterday's afternoon ride was curtailed, courtesy of a Chilli lunch  :o
Title: Re: "WHIP" the HAM'R
Post by: Whip on June 08, 2016, 05:32:04 pm
A Century A Day For A Year is about all it adds up to and that's enough for me. Sorry, not exactly exciting sports entertainment or data. I do like to make note of all the quirky unexpected things that happen, though...

A friend of mine made this comment, "It will be a deep personal journey and that will be interesting to you. You will discover things about yourself that you never knew."
My replied back, "I hope not! I've been on enough deep personal journeys. I want this to be an empty one!"

La la la la laaaa......
Title: Re: "WHIP" the HAM'R
Post by: simonp on June 08, 2016, 05:36:46 pm
I for one wish you an uneventful year.

Go Alicia!
Title: Re: "WHIP" the HAM'R
Post by: clarion on June 09, 2016, 12:43:53 pm
Certainly no more events like collapsing pedals!
Title: Re: "WHIP" the HAM'R
Post by: Mr Larrington on June 09, 2016, 01:50:59 pm
Better a collapsing pedal than a collapsing hrung (http://uncyclopedia.wikia.com/wiki/The_Great_Collapsing_Hrung_Disaster_of_Galactic_Sidereal_Year_03758).
Title: Re: "WHIP" the HAM'R
Post by: Phil W on June 12, 2016, 10:23:22 am
Stomach issues of late, bland food at moment and sure she'll get through it.
Title: Re: "WHIP" the HAM'R
Post by: Phil W on July 08, 2016, 04:45:36 pm
Heart scare today for Alicia. Hospital tests came out normal but being monitored.
Title: Re: "WHIP" the HAM'R
Post by: SoreTween on July 08, 2016, 09:24:13 pm
Eeek!  Well I guess that confirms the shoe cannot be more on the other foot in the Searvogel household.

Go Alicia! but go carefully please.
Title: Re: "WHIP" the HAM'R
Post by: clarion on August 18, 2016, 04:09:58 pm
On FB, Alicia reports a close call with a 'semi'* yesterday, but they were untouched.


* stop sniggering, you!
Title: Re: "WHIP" the HAM'R
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on September 21, 2016, 08:24:02 am
Alicia is ditching the recumbent, having decided it is the root cause of her knee problems.
Title: Re: "WHIP" the HAM'R
Post by: red marley on November 12, 2016, 10:40:23 am
After noticing that there have been no Strava updates from Alicia in the last three days I checked her Facebook page. She reports that her nephew Evan was killed in a car crash on the 5th and she sounds pretty shaken up by it. Not sure what this means for her riding but it must be really tough for her at the moment. Thoughts are with you.
Title: Re: "WHIP" the HAM'R
Post by: Wowbagger on November 13, 2016, 08:17:41 am
Yes, I saw that. Heart goes out to her and all that, but further posts suggested that she was still riding. Not sure how far.
Title: Re: "WHIP" the HAM'R
Post by: clarion on November 13, 2016, 12:05:06 pm
She has been riding
Title: Re: "WHIP" the HAM'R
Post by: Phil W on December 04, 2016, 06:57:45 pm
Struggling with her motivation again today.
Title: Re: "WHIP" the HAM'R
Post by: clarion on May 23, 2017, 01:05:49 pm
Alicia is piling on the miles in the closing stages.  Not sure if there is a minimum to set a category record, but I imagine she's surpassed it.

Here's to a big finish!
Title: Re: "WHIP" the HAM'R
Post by: dogtrousers on May 23, 2017, 09:09:59 pm
Alicia is piling on the miles in the closing stages.  Not sure if there is a minimum to set a category record, but I imagine she's surpassed it.

Here's to a big finish!
It may be coincidental but she needs just under 200k/day to beak Kajsa's mark (about 194 at the mo I think, I don't have the numbers to hand)Edit: As at the end of tues 23rd it was 208 km/day. I know KT wasn't riding HAMR rules, and AS may be entirely unaware of this fact, but it means that a little bit of drama can be manufactured from the numbers.
Title: Re: "WHIP" the HAM'R
Post by: clarion on May 30, 2017, 04:03:25 pm
She mentioned she was riding for her category monthly record, which would explain it.
Title: Re: "WHIP" the HAM'R
Post by: Ian H on May 30, 2017, 04:07:31 pm
If Guinness have done a volte-face and recognised the HAM'R records, has the UMCA recognised Kajsa's Guinness record?
Title: Re: "WHIP" the HAM'R
Post by: Wowbagger on May 30, 2017, 09:51:53 pm
I doubt that they will. They strike me as being a lot more professional than Guinness. The GBoR are whores. Now they know they have a pukka organisation who cares about endurance cycling they can just print the results and pretend they are theirs.
Title: Re: "WHIP" the HAM'R
Post by: orraloon on July 08, 2017, 06:25:53 pm
This posted by Alicia on Fbook today.

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Here is a write up I did about my HAMR year:
LIVE IN DENIAL OF YOUR LIMITATIONS
Women’s HAMR 2017 (age group 50 - 59)
Alicia Searvogel
Had a female ever cycled over a hundred miles a day for a year? Could it be done and more so, could I do it? I had no idea. I just remember wondering this every time I threw on my backpack and went out for a long ride.
I didn’t even know what ultra cycling was until I saw the documentary Bicycle Dreams. I was in total awe of those who could push themselves to such an extreme in every aspect of their being. It was like climbing the Mount Everest of cycling! I didn’t know if I had what it would take to do something like that, but to strive for something like it was brewing. As luck would have it, the doors were opening and I was asked to crew for Kurt Searvogel and Joel Sothern’s two person RAAM (Race Across America) team in 2014.
When I first met Kurt, we had a conversation about cycling everyday for a year. Knowing a century was a piece of cake for someone of his caliber, I remember asking him, “Could you ride over 200 miles a day for a year?” He said, “Yea, if somebody paid me!” Well, nobody paid him, yet “someone” did persuade him to ride over 200 miles a day for a year — and what an epic adventure we had!
After Kurt’s HAMR (Highest Annual Mileage Record) year, I knew I was going to write the book about our amazing journey. But, I had this relentless nagging, gnawing feeling that I needed to do the women’s HAMR too. Since the thought wouldn’t let up, I realized I needed to do it even though Kurt was less than enthusiastic about the idea. After all, he was still decompressing from his year in the saddle. Convincing Kurt took a little time and some stubborn foot stomping on my part, but he eventually relented.
We then had to consider, could we actually switch places? Was it possible for Kurt to crew without killing me or going absolutely bonkers? I was dying for him to get a taste of what I had to go through when I supported him during his year, although, I did’t want it to be the teeth-grinding-hair-loss challenge I endured. I wasn’t that cruel and we did just get married.
When I think of ‘why’ I would take on this cockamamie endeavor, the first reason that comes to mind is that I wanted a better understanding of what Kurt experienced before I started writing the book. Also, I thought I could at least do a hundred miles a day and that would break the previous record set by Billey Dovey in 1938. And then, this was a great way to recover from a broken ankle; and here was a chance to train for a year with Kurt as my coach — I could build endurance and speed! (Endurance, yes, that happened gradually. Speed, not so much since I had to pace myself to recover and ride the next day.)
As a mother, I wanted to dedicate this to my two sons, Cole and Dane. I knew there were many lessons we would all learn during this challenge. I also wanted to teach them that you don’t have to be the best in the world to do what you love. Above all, honestly, maybe I just needed to do this for myself and for my sons to be proud of me.
Now, I’m not a competitive athlete and not to sound disingenuous, but I never even considered myself an athlete. I have no special talent when it comes to sports (unless throwing darts is an athletic gift), although I am highly active and always have been. I’ve invariably seen myself as an underdog.
Having said that, when I crewed for Kurt’s year I found that when I had days he needed less support, I had time to ride. For example: when we were in Flatwoods Park, Florida I would ride 40 miles in the morning… 20 miles in the afternoon… and then another 20 miles in the evening or more. I would support and run errands in-between rides. I found that the affects of an 80 mile day was hardly noticeable in my body. I didn’t really feel it the next day. I could do it again. Soon I was doing centuries the same way. I realized then that the women’s HAMR was actually possible for me.
After we decided to do this, we then had to figure out how we were going to do this? We had to structure the year differently from Kurt’s HAMR year. From our previous experience, we learned that setting up our strategy in advance was necessary, although we had to be flexible because we also knew that in an instant our plans could and would change. Kurt had a business to run and he needed to get back to work. We had to manage the year around our life because it wasn’t going to be all about riding. Little did we know we would also have the added bonus of buying a new house, moving and remodeling it too.
Then there were the mishaps and glitches that were going to happen, which they did. Like the bikes falling off the racks. Even with the ‘idiot lock policy’ and how expensively comical it all has become, there were some pretty hard blows that we struggled with. These were heart breaking tragedies that could have derailed our pursuits which had nothing to do with cycling. We both lost close family members during our individual year. This was a tough emotional challenge to ride through, at least it was for me.
Originally, the majority of my riding was planned to be here in Little Rock, Arkansas doing loops on the River Trail. And then, when the weather suited him, Kurt would come out and kick my butt riding, pushing me hard before heading off to work. I occasionally rode with a handful of friends I trusted, but not very often. I rode solo for the most part which worked out very well for me since I could control my speed and prevent burning out.
The Little Rock River Trail is made up of your common streets with regular vehicle traffic and some bike lanes. There is about an eight mile section which involves climbing the Big Dam Bridge (remember this is all about miles not elevation gain, so I avoided if I could) that is strictly park trail and highly used by runners, dog walkers and families with little kids. There are sections Kurt and I dubbed “the gauntlet” because trying to maneuver in, out and around the living obstacles was a potential hazard on some days. We were always hearing about someone hitting someone, getting caught up on a dog leash or almost nailing a little kid. Let alone the parks natural wildlife. The suicidal squirrels, rabbits, turtles, snakes and then the darting deer which Kurt actually clipped on one foggy morning ride.
Then there were the routes in and out of the city leading to the rural country roads. This is where I tried to do most of my riding at first, but the more dogs I came across the less I rode them. A dog had taken me out and I broke my collar bone a month before I started the HAMR, so I tried to avoid dogs at all cost even though I was armed with pepper spray and a Dazer.
Kurt was a big fan of highway miles. I was scared to death of them. Speeding cars and semi trucks — I could die! But, he finally talked me into riding the highways (of course, not the interstate). This soon became my preference. Adjusting to riding the four lane highways was ideal. They were lengthy stretches of road, with few stops, a three to five foot shoulder with a rumble strip, desirable pavement and the hills were rolling. I could plug into an audio book or music and the day would fly — especially with a tailwind.
We also planned to take off whenever we could to ride to other states searching for better weather and new routes. Kurt did take a week off here and there so that he could support me as I rode down to northern Florida or up to Wisconsin. I ended up making more highway runs down and back to Louisiana with the wind and a few times to the Natchez Trace Parkway in Mississippi. I did fly out to California for a few days to see my boys and with a borrowed bike, obtained some miles on the American River Bike trail.
My primary bike was a Specialized Roubaix with Reynolds wheels. I had the option of going tubeless and after trying both I’m still on the fence about it. Then in addition, Kurt had a cyclocross bike we had rebuilt as my backup bike with disk brakes for wet days. It was heavier and a bit larger than my Specialized, yet the change in fit position was a good stretch and break for my body in aero. The seat, though, was everything. Even when they were trashed I wanted to keep my Forte’ saddles. I had planned on switching between the road bikes and my recumbent, but sadly the recumbent ended up causing more problems and trouble than it was worth so it sat in the garage with a “For Sale” sign on it.
People always ask me about my nutrition and I am embarrassed to say I have failed to get this right. My diet was constantly changing. Right from the start I had a stomach bug and I was on a bland diet. Slowly I was able to add more foodstuff that I could digest while on the bike. PB&J on toast (using GU as jelly) became a staple for half the year. On the bike I drank smoothies made of coconut milk, coconut water, bananas and ice. I ate an egg white spinach omelet for breakfast and fried wild rice with egg whites for lunch (see, I told you it was bland.) One good thing, Kurt was really great about making normal dinners every night.
It wasn’t until the very last month that all nutrition concerns of any kind went out the window. Kurt had signed me up for the HAMR month record for my age group and we did what was convenient. One day I asked Kurt to get me an apple fritter from this place called Donut Palace that I always rode by and then I craved one everyday (damn you Donut Palace!) We became such regular customers at Pizza Hut takeout that Kurt uploaded the App. Children’s Pedialyte seemed to always be in one of my water bottles towards the last few months. It was my placebo, it just made me feel better.
Right after I finished, a friend asked, “Did you ever think you would quit?” No, not really and when I did it was a fleeting moment. I knew I would see it through. If I compared myself to Kurt or anyone else and the massive miles they could do, the speed… sure, that would be overwhelmingly demoralizing. Unquestionably, it’s humbling if I think about it, yet I tried not to let myself go there. I had to focus on what I was doing, what I was capable of, what I set out to do. I was dedicated and determined to see this through.
What was really hard was riding through the cold. When it was below freezing and I felt like an ice cube, the thought of going back out after thawing nearly brought me to tears, “I don’t want to freeze again!” That was when Coach Kurt (who won’t ride below 50 degrees fahrenheit) implemented the HTFU rule. It was pitiful, but I endured through the winter.
In all reality, I didn’t hit my goal of a century a day for a year, but that’s OK. Getting up to the point where I could ride a double century was a major milestone for me. I’m very pleased with how I did. I gave it all I had. There were some setbacks, illnesses and my back went out for ten days. Yet, I am grateful for the opportunity that was given me and feel very blessed by all the friends I’ve made. Their immense support has meant more than they will ever know. Kurt, as many know, stepped up and beyond compare, became my champion crew chief, hardcore coach and colossal inspiration.
If I can express anything, the most important thing I did learn was that this is a team venture. All involved must want this. We have been very fortunate to have survived — we are still alive — and it’s because the support goes both ways for crew and rider. Watching out for each others safety and health is of the utmost. The encouragement, the guidance, the nurturing, the care, the respect and appreciation, etc… patiently understanding where the other person is, it’s all part of the balancing act of a partnership, our little team. I believe this is truly the secret to our two successful cycling years.
Chalk it up!
Women’s HAMR (age group 50-59) 32,415 miles
Women’s Month Record (age group 50-59) 4,021 miles
I did something I never imagined I would do.
Live in denial of your limitations!
Alicia Searvogel
Title: Re: "WHIP" the HAM'R
Post by: woollypigs on December 18, 2017, 07:55:01 pm
Someone keeps deleting her record off Wiki, according to her farcebook page. Apparently it is someone from the UK who got a bee in their bonnet. 
Title: Re: "WHIP" the HAM'R
Post by: LittleWheelsandBig on December 18, 2017, 09:27:42 pm
That is just too petty for words.
Title: Re: "WHIP" the HAM'R
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on December 19, 2017, 11:21:50 am
I checked the history of the deletions; reason given is that 'record is a age-category only therefore doesn't belong on this page'. Well, some of the 'records' are only there because they are recognised by one body, they aren't absolute records.

Yeah, it is petty.

I think I'll go and reverse the deletion.

[edit] I checked the page - the page is supposed to be a list of records certified by (list of bodies - including HAMR). Alicia's record is certified by HAMR.

Title: Re: "WHIP" the HAM'R
Post by: grams on December 19, 2017, 11:59:14 am
The omission of Alicia is probably justified given she's never held an overall gender record (has she?) and the page in question ("List of Cycling Records") is meant to summarise major achievements only. I think the solution to this is to make a proper Year Record page that can cover everyone that's had a go.

(Also the sentences about Alicia appear to have been added by a user named Alicia and re-added by a user named TarzanRides. Editing pages about yourself is generally considered bad form (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Ten_Simple_Rules_for_Editing_Wikipedia#Rule_7._Avoid_shameless_self-promotion))
Title: Re: "WHIP" the HAM'R
Post by: dogtrousers on December 19, 2017, 02:42:53 pm
I hope this gets sorted out.  I think a little bit of text about the splurge of records (KT, AS and AC) is justified. 
However the section beginning "If not for a freak encounter with a dog which broke her collarbone, she would have ..." seems to be a rather out of place piece of dog-ate-my-homeworkism.  I'd delete that if I had any interest in/knowledge of Wikipedia editing.  Which I don't.
Title: Re: "WHIP" the HAM'R
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on December 19, 2017, 05:57:31 pm
dogtrousers, I agree with you - but total removal of her record is not justified - not if you read the description of the page at the top.

Title: Re: "WHIP" the HAM'R
Post by: dogtrousers on December 21, 2017, 03:05:46 pm
Yes, I think that all of those records that came so close together should be mentioned.  Alicia held (holds?) an officially sanctioned record, as does (did?) Kajsa.  So an explanation of that rather fertile period is warranted.  But leave out the bit about the dog.