Author Topic: When can you sleep on long rides?  (Read 7481 times)

YahudaMoon

  • John Diffley
Re: When can you sleep on long rides?
« Reply #25 on: August 03, 2011, 07:55:08 am »
Aint cycling and sleeping dangerous ?

Maybe hardcore long distance cyclist should wear a warning sign on a say hi viz jacket 'Sleeping Cyclist'


CrinklyLion

  • The one with devious, cake-pushing ways....
Re: When can you sleep on long rides?
« Reply #26 on: August 03, 2011, 08:19:01 am »
The EldestCub and I did a 50 from tamworth earlier this year. We had various not-getting-lost support (we took an entire rower40 armed with at least 3 gps devices with us, for a start!) but actually even I could follow the route sheet. Nice bit of the world to ride in too :)

legitlee

Re: When can you sleep on long rides?
« Reply #27 on: August 03, 2011, 08:22:10 am »
Yes I have done a diy 200 and it was raining but i found it enjoyable.

http://connect.garmin.com/activity/100751442

I'll print both entry forms off I might even jump off the high board into the deep end, it is suppose to be a challenge after all.


legitlee

Re: When can you sleep on long rides?
« Reply #28 on: August 03, 2011, 10:29:09 am »
I have just looked at the events calender and I think I'm going to do 5 x100km and Sept 4th, 10th, 18th, and Oct 1st, 16th and see if I can get a Brevet 500 that would be a great incentive for the following year.....Oh I dont know what to do  ::-)


AndyH

Re: When can you sleep on long rides?
« Reply #29 on: August 03, 2011, 10:55:14 am »
Did you get your DIY 200 validated? If so then you will get both the Brevet 500 and the Randonneur 500 for your efforts.

http://www.aukweb.net/results/randonneur/

recumbentim

  • Only 6 SR,s No hyper yet
Re: When can you sleep on long rides?
« Reply #30 on: August 04, 2011, 05:21:06 pm »
Here is how a recent 1300k works out. 1323k allows 110hrs at 12k per hour.
Thats 5 days , 4nights.
57 hrs on bike and 12 hrs stopped with bike=69hrs.
Leaves 41hrs faffing and sleeping over 4 nights in B and Bs
That was at 15 mph on the bike and quick stops during the day.

legitlee

Re: When can you sleep on long rides?
« Reply #31 on: August 05, 2011, 07:20:06 pm »
Here is how a recent 1300k works out. 1323k allows 110hrs at 12k per hour.
Thats 5 days , 4nights.
57 hrs on bike and 12 hrs stopped with bike=69hrs.
Leaves 41hrs faffing and sleeping over 4 nights in B and Bs
That was at 15 mph on the bike and quick stops during the day.

You just had me laughing my head off Faffing and sleeping......Goodness me I cant wait to get started......one more sportive to go then its Audax all the way...... :)

hellymedic

  • Just do it!
Re: When can you sleep on long rides?
« Reply #32 on: August 05, 2011, 07:52:17 pm »
Never underestimate the faff factor and allow for it in all your planning.
A beginner is unlikely to clear a control (checkpoint) in less than 40 minutes. (Can you do a motorway service station more quickly? Time it and see!)

Make a mental list of all you wish to achieve at a control before you arrive. Try to do all before you leave as most simple things take longer whilst on the road. eg 'At the next control, I will:

get my card stamped and signed
Fill in any info control details I might have postponed
eat
drink
refill water bottles
pee
sort out clothes and lights for forthcoming dawn/dusk
buy more food to have in my bag

Avoid queueing if possible; if you see a queue do something else till queue subsides.

Lycra Man

  • SR 2011, 2012 & RRTY
Re: When can you sleep on long rides?
« Reply #33 on: August 05, 2011, 09:26:56 pm »
Great advice above from Hellymedic. I speak as a champion faffer!!

My first Audax was a 200. I had already done a couple of 100 mile rides, so it was only a little further.

Since then I've done several 200s, 300s and further. Your proposed schedule of a 100 every weekend is quite a challenge (but then I have domestic obligations).

I am a naturally cautious person, and after building up gradually over 3 years, completed my first SR series this year, witrout too much difficulty......

Take it steady, learn as you go, and there is nothing you cannot achieve.

Good luck

Lycra Man