Riding My First Hilly Hundred
Written by Mona Will
Hilly Hundred-oh the stories that are told by cyclists who have experienced the hills of this infamous weekend ride. Though I knew of the ride, I didn’t really know all the subtleties until I experienced it for the first time a week ago.
2013 Annual Labor Day Century Tour
Written by Steve Pequinot
We had 17 riders that started at Huntertown, including 4 women. For the ladies, it was their first century tour and they were determined to complete the full 100 miles. Our first 25-mile leg was to Woodburn. Several of the ladies decided they felt good and did a few long pulls. I must admit, I had concern for them surviving for 100 miles as they seemed to be working a little too hard too early. At the first stop, several of the ladies discussed their conditioning and all decided they would take the split ahead for the full century. The pace picked up with the aid of a nice tailwind on the second leg to Cecil. We all enjoyed the wonderful SAG provisions setup by Phil Snider and his family at the Cecil Park.
Pokagon Camping Tour- August 24 & 25th, 2013
Written by Bill Lambert
The very best thing about riding on the weekend club tours is the opportunity to talk with other riders. During a club touring ride last fall, Jim Reilly told me about his desire to ride and camp. This spring he did a week long, unsupported tour from Washington, D.C. to Pittsurgh, PA.
Leader of the Pack
Riding Into The Clouds
Written by Joe
Short Story for ADD folks:
I went to SC to ride a bicycle up a big mountain in NC. The End.
Bicycle Tour of Colorado
Written by Cindy Wolfer
My first experience with a weeklong bicycle tour was filled with excitement and wonder. Wonder that I was able to just survive and complete a 500+ mile tour that included over 30,000 feet of climbing through the beautiful Colorado Rockies. The fifteenth anniversary of the Tour of Colorado began and ended in Glenwood Springs, and was difficult, even by veteran tourist standards.
My Hilly Story - The Ups and Downs
Written by Lynetter Mankey
First year rider and first year Hilly Hundred---all the ingredients that make up what I call myself…a rookie! My daughter says that I’m obsessed with my cycling. Whether it is going to spin class at the Y, or riding out on the road, I have found a sense of freedom when I’m one with the road and the outdoors.
Biking on the Historic C & O Canal
Great Greenway Tour 2008
My First Race
Written by Squirrel Hunter
So how does racing compare to those weekend touring rides? Memorial Day weekend I raced the 50k Citizens class at The Great Race in Elkhart. The morning starts out with an hour drive giving me plenty of time to waffle back and forth between confidence and apprehension.
Paceline Riding - Part 1
Submitted by Corky, found online without attribution
"Pace line" riding consists of two or more riders traveling in a tight group in the draft of the rider(s) in front of you. If you are the leader of this pace line, then you are creating the draft for others.
The draft envelope behind a single bicycle is about six feet long. The closer your front wheel is to the rear wheel of the rider ahead of you, the stronger the draft. Riding in a pace line draft can save 20 to 30% of your energy output. This energy savings is what allows the pace line group to travel at higher speeds.