Setting Proper Saddle Height

Setting Proper Saddle Height

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Some Things to Know About Yogurt

Some Things to Know About Yogurt

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Bikepacking in Patagonia

Bikepacking in Patagonia

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A 300k Gravel Bikepacking Ride

A 300k Gravel Bikepacking Ride

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Configurations for 1200k Bike Rides

Configurations for 1200k Bike Rides

If you follow this blog, then you know I have an interest in ultra-distance cycling challenges. And that I seem to enjoy designing 1200k cycling routes. Typically such rides are broken into 3.5 days of riding. Day 1 should include a 400k ride, days 2 and 3 should each include a 300k ride, and Day 4 should include a 200k ride.

Probably the first issue to settle when designing a long route is whether the overall ride will be a “loop” or a “point-to-point.” Said another way, will the overall ride start and finish at the same place, typically where you will be parking your car. Or will it start and finish at different locations so you will somehow have to figure out how to get back to your car after riding the route.

I’m not much of a fan of point-to-point rides. I suppose under some conditions they could be neat. For example, start a long ride in the north after parking your car at an Amtrak train station, and ride south where the finish is at another Amtrak train station. Then you can easily hop on an Amtrak train with your bike and return to your car. But for the most part, I think loop-type routes are the best.

But not all loops are the same. Some involve tying two loops together, each sharing the same start/finish location. For example, a 700k loop and a 500k loop. Or a 400k loop and an 800k loop. Or maybe a 1000k loop and a 200k loop. Another loop configuration would consist of tying three loops together. For example, a 400k loop followed by a 600k loop followed by a 200k loop. Or maybe a 700k loop followed by a 300k loop followed by a 200k loop. And the last loop configuration would consist of tying four loops together. This configuration is generally known as a Cloverleaf Route. Day 1 would be a 400k ride, days 2 and 3 would each be a 300k ride, and Day 4 would be a 200k ride.

Of course, there is one other way to put together a loop route. It would involve one big loop with possibly one loop buried in it. For example, consider a 900k loop with either Day 2 or Day 3 being a 300k loop. Or how about a 600k loop involving days 1 and 4, and days 2 and 3 being a 600 loop.

The easiest type of loop configuration to administer is the Cloverleaf Route because there is only one overnight (sleep) facility that the riders will use. As a result, they don’t get all that far away from the start/finish, and that makes it easier for the administration to “retrieve” them if necessary. The hardest type of loop configuration to administer is the one-big-loop variety. Each overnight (sleep) facility will need to be different. And riders will be hard to “retrieve” in many cases.

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Delaware Expedition 1200k

Delaware Expedition 1200k

I recently took a stab at designing yet another 1200k bike ride that starts and ends in Leesburg, VA. This one heads north and east in order to hit the State of Delaware. Takes a little sojourn down into the Delmarva Peninsula. And then heads north and west before dropping back down to Leesburg. The route hits DC and the following five states: VA, MD, PA, DE, and WV. I had not intended this route hit WV. But it just happened, so to speak.

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Tips about Drinking Water

Tips about Drinking Water

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Burning Fire 1200k

Burning Fire 1200k

This 1200k route design project actually began before I created the Northern Light 1200k route I disclosed in my last post to this blog. So many routes (typically shorter than 1200k) have used Leesburg, VA as a start/finish location that I didn’t really want to design yet another. And I’ve never really been much of a fan of routes that start and end in Leesburg. Either the routes were poorly designed, or I just did not like them because getting to Leesburg from Princeton, NJ was much more of a hassle than getting to Manassas or many other locations that can be used for a good start/finish.

However, I already had a neat 400k point-to-point route designed that could be used for Day 1 of a 1200k route. And I didn’t think it would be all that difficult to design a 200k point-to-point from Harrisonburg back to Leesburg. So I finished up the original project which resulted in the creation of Burning Fire 1200k.

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Northern Light 1200k

Northern Light 1200k

This 1200k route design project started out as one that was to begin and end in Leesburg, VA. However, after I successfully designed a 400k point-to-point route from Leesburg to Harrisonburg, VA it dawned on me that Harrisonburg would be a neat start/finish location for a route design project. And Northern Light was created.

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Treasure Trove 1200k

Treasure Trove 1200k

When I finished my last 1200k route design project that started and ended in Columbia, SC I thought my next route design project would involve roads in Georgia. However, I changed my mind. I had gotten an email notice from a RUSA RBA that registration had opened up for a 1200k event he was hosting in Virginia in September. I thought it would be nice to see if I could design a neat route in Virginia. So that is what I proceeded to take a stab at.

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