Sunday, April 08, 2007

One For The Garmin

Tired of being in the trainer. April is supposed to be in the 50's, not the 30's with wind chills in the 20's. Easter dinner was to be at Katie's in Carpentersville so I decided to map out a route from Wilmette to C-ville. Not an easy task. There just aren't bike friendly routes from here to there. To come close you have to add 7-15 extra miles routing around major highways and interstates. But my trusty Garmin and its mapping software made the task doable. I'm a believer in both Easter and the Garmin. :))

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Sat'R Day to Saturdays

The Sat'R Day, Bike Friday's folding recumbent, was to have been my ticket to international bike touring. But when I couldn't get the Sat'R Day seat to fit my body AND climb steep grades, I decided to switch my focus from international touring to ultradistance cycling whose rides usually start on Saturdays.

My initial foray into randonneuring, those long rambles that range from 120 to 750 miles, (Randonneurs speak in terms of kilometers which would be 200k to 1200 k) was at Desert Camp, a pleasant 200k from Sierra Vista, to Nogales and back (AZ). I'm well acquainted with the 120-200 mile distances, but not as unsupported rides. The hallmark of randonneuring is to be self-sufficient. Mini marts and fellow riders are fair game for replenishing the musette (a feedbag handed out in a feed zone of a multi-stage race such as the Tour de France), or helping with a roadside mechanical repair.

This riding season I'm planning a 200, 300, and 400 km brevet, all of which start on Saturday, and all of which start in Delavan, WI in April and May. These will all be good training for the 252 mile ride planned in mid October in Douglas, AZ the Cochise Classic, which also starts on Saturday. :))