Thursday, December 27, 2018

Dec-26: NOT "Irregulars" Holiday Range Road Rover

More of the Irregulars indicated that they could ride on the 26th than on the 29th.
Therefore, the plan became:  do the Holiday Range Road Rover on the 26th.
Somewhat early start so that we could finish without seeming to take "all day."
But then people started expressing concern over the freezing temps at the start.
So ... discussion led to doing a 25-ish mile ride starting at 10 am.

Sun was shining, not much wind, temperature about 39F at 10 am.
IvaHawk, Snapper, and I ended up doing my old "TT"/cadence route,
Except we started at PUE rather than at Blue Jay County Park.
I.e., the first and last 2.4-miles of the embedded route were not ridden.
[Well, dang!  I can't figure out how to embed the map, 
So I've included a link above.]   

Dell Web and others continue to build more housing developments along Leesville Rd.
But the environments along Leesville Rd were little changed from two years ago,
Which is when I last rode that section of Leesville Rd.

Doc Nichols Rd, on the other hand, was a completely changed landscape and road.
Too many housing developments messing up what used to be GREAT cycling roads.

Despite the changed conditions, the temps were rising and the ride became quite pleasant.

I put in a hard effort on Virgil Rd, a 2.3-mile almost continuous incline,
With a net gain of approx 110 feet.
Approx 10-minutes to cover the entire length of the road.
The effort got pretty difficult nearing Carpenter Pond Rd,
Not so much because of the percentage incline, but
Instead because I haven't been putting in hard efforts on the bicycle lately.
AND I had a nasty cold from December 2nd until the 23rd.

The hard effort on Virgil Rd followed the climb on Kemp Rd, 100 feet in one-half mile.
All done in the 39/14 gearing.
In fact, I did the entire ride in the 39/14,
Except late in the ride when I tried to lead IvaHawk to rejoin Snapper,
Who had gotten ahead because of interactions with traffic at two stop-signs.

Must mention that on the Kemp Rd climb referenced above,
Snapper dropped his chain, but
Used the old chain-guide trick to get the chain back on the appropriate chain ring.

IvaHawk was behind Snapper when the latter dropped his chain.
IvaHawk ended up calmly coasting off the road surface and onto the verge to avoid hitting Snapper.

Thereafter, Snapper's derailleurs did not work properly and  he could not shift as desired.
Mostly it seemed that, on Carpenter Pond Rd (after Virgil Rd), he could not soft-pedal in an easy gear.

Anyway, perhaps helped by the stop-light at NC-50,
We completed the catch of Snapper, and
We all finished together.

Snapper immediately headed for home as he had an appointment to visit his dad.
IvaHawk and I returned to his car, parked at PUE.
Once there, we chatted for 24 minutes while IvaHawk put his bike in the back end of his car.
Then IvaHawk drove the approx 3 miles to his house, and
I rode 6.7-miles back to my "sleep headquarters."

I was / am happy with my effort(s) on the day:
22-minutes to cover the 5.6-mile pre-ride commute.
1h40 in-motion, 1h42 elapsed, for the 24.9-mile "ride proper."
27-minutes to cover the 6.7-mile post-ride commute.
[The safer mid-day post-ride commute is longer than the morning commute route.]

Btw, one of the not Range Road Rover options that was discussed in the couple days before the ride,
Was to do either the "Bay Leaf - Oxford - Bay Leaf" or the "Bahama Beach" perm-pop.
Because IvaHawk is RUSA #7702.
Snapper is RUSA #11802.
And I am RUSA #6218.

Friday, December 21, 2018

2018 Year-End NC Rando Trivia

Posting here (in addition to the NC-rando-list-serve and the NC Rando Facbook group, so that I can easily find the questions when I might want to.

In the absence of an organized year-end party / gathering -- I'm not counting the WNC Winter Solstice brevet/perm/whichever, 'cuz certainly none of the Asheville crew would claim that ride is an organized party, would they -- some NC trivia nuggets from 2018 (or prior). "No fair" answering the question if your name is the answer. 

 1.  What NC RUSA member attained RUSA "Mondial" status in 2018? 

 2.  "Everyone" knows that Dean got the equivalent of at least one K-Hound on his "Get 'er Dunn" populaire (…/get-er-dunn-and-done-an… ), but what other Perm route(s) did Dean get the equivalent of at least one K-Hound? 

 3.  What other NC RUSA member(s), active or retired, also got the equivalent of at least one K-Hound on one of Dean's routes. (There are two answers to this one.) 

 4.  What two NC RUSA members are on track to K-Hound this year? And how many times will they have attained K-Hound? 

 5.  Who was the first NC RUSA member to K-Hound? 

 6.  Which NC RUSA member has attained K-Hound the most times? 

 7.  In addition to Dean and the answer to one of the above questions, who else among NC RUSA members, has ridden a particular perm-pop at least 100 times? Give the route and the person's name. 

 8.  No NC RUSA member has ridden any 200+ km Perm route at least 100 times. But who has ridden a particular NC Perm the most time? Name the person and the route. 

 9.  Although we miscounted on Dean's 100th "Get 'er Dunn," he did get WAY more than 100 rides in on his favorite perm-pop. Which of the following is closest to the number of times that Dean did ride "Get 'er Dunn" -- (a) 150 times, (b) 250 times, (c) 350 times? 

Btw, no matter how many times Dean had ridden G'eD, no matter how many times I had ridden that route, Dean always had new things to point out. That always improved the experience. 

10.  Oh, one more thing: how many really bad puns did Dean average per "Get 'er Dunn" ride?