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A Cycling Milestone

We've got quite a few cyclists here on BLF - I know because I join in pert near every thread there is on flashlights for cycling. Smile   BLF is also the friendliest site I've ever participated on and I've been on many, including a lot of cycling forums. Funny thing though, I've come here to a flashlight forum to let my cycling buddies know about a recent accomplishment.

About 3 years ago, a friend approached me with an idea during a Sunday morning breakfast ride which I had organized. It was a crazy idea, but I agreed to help out as the route master, along with my first real riding buddy in the Chicago area, who I've been riding with for going on 14 years. Basically, the idea was a ride for elite riders to help them achieve a recreational riders dream: Finishing a century in under 5 hours. That's 5 hours elapsed time - just like in a race - so feed zones or any stops count in your total time. To do it, a team is required for the vast majority of riders. Out of that breakfast conversation, the Sub-5 Century was born. The recipient of the charity portion was a local guy in our town that was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease in 2006. Instead of feeling sorry for himself, he started a foundation the next year to help find a cure for this debilitating disease: The Paul Ruby Foundation. I didn't know it at the time, but have since found out that my Grandmother and an aunt both had Parkinson's Disease...

September 12, 2010 was our inaugural year for the event. We had about 50 riders and raised about $14,000 for PRF. By September 11, 2011, Our rider total had grown to 127 and we raised over $21,000. Lot of expenses last year to make this a premier cycling event - including timing chips on every entrant's bike. This last Sunday, on September 9th, we had over 170 riders and are on track to raise over $45,000! But that's not all: PRF is on track to break the $500,000 barrier this year since it's inception...

The first two years, in addition to being an organizer and the route meister, I was also in charge of course marking and running all the SAG support crews, plus helping to find sponsors and volunteers to staff the event. In the early Winter of 2012, another of my cycling buddies agreed to take over my day-of-ride duties so I could participate in the Sub-5 as a rider. I found 2 other riders from my regular group and talked another team captain into letting us join his group (There are 16 riders on a team). I started training in earnest in June, and coached our small group all Summer long. Increased ride time has been one of the reasons I've not been on BLF too much lately. To accomplish the goal, I had to get our average speed up to 20.5 mph over 100 miles. I've been cycling for 23 years, but my fastest century in the past was just 19.1 mph and that was measured as ride time, with plenty of rest stops. I developed a progressive training plan that included twice a week interval sessions and long pace line rides on the weekends. By end of August we were ready and chomping at the bit to go after the goal.

Here's a picture of me and my main riding partners day of the ride. I'm the old fart in the middle:

We had a change in weather over the weekend. Temperatures dropped to a brisk 50 degrees that morning, with a wicked North wind that only increased in intensity throughout the day. This post is already too long, so I'll spare you the ride details, but I will say that out of 16 team mates, all finished and 12 riders did it in 5 hours or less. I am happy as a clam to report that I was in the lead group and finished in 4:58:15, with over a minute to spare.

This has truly been a milestone year (my 55th) for me. I am blessed to have the good legs to accomplish this goal and to help raise money for such a worthy cause.

Thanks for reading,

Dave
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Wow, nice work! Congratulations on raising so much. And I just learned you have the same name as me. (Dave, David close enoughTongue Out)

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Way to go !

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Dude! That’s fantastic! I feel bad about that “you’re old” comment from before. If it makes you feel any better, because of all the cake in my life, you look better than me in a jersey. Silly

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cone wrote:
Dude! That's fantastic! I feel bad about that "you're old" comment from before. If it makes you feel any better, because of all the cake in my life, you look better than me in a jersey. :p

Please don't feel bad, cone - I am old! And proud of it. Besides....

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cone wrote:
Foy wrote:
... even when a regular says something stupid, everybody moves past it and we still like the guy.
Thank God this is the rule here!

Yes, that's a good feature for both of us... Wink

It's kind of expected... Sealed

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I know you know I was kidding around. That is excellent that you guys, and girls too, I assume, have raised so much money and had some personal glory to boot.

BTW, I did notice that only you were tough enough to ride without arm warmers… those other two guys should follow Chopper’s advice and “harden the…”

If you don’t know you will have to Google it yourself; I think there might be a YouTube video, too.

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I have always been very warm blooded, but I was shivering for the first 10 minutes of the ride. Chopper Reid/Ronnie Johns is one of my favorites, HTFU is one of my favorite motivational phrases on a ride, it's even immortalized here - see rule #5:

http://www.velominati.com/the-rules/

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HAHA! That’s why I like you. “Rule 5”… priceless!

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Congratulations, that’s a hellovan accomplishment. The riding too. Wink

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Good stuff - congrats.

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Congratulations, that’s a great accomplishment.

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congrats between rides. That is awesome.

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Well done that’s a great achievement raising so much money for charity!! When you going for the 25mph average!!!

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Congrats!!!
That’s an excellent cause and a fantastic (personal and team) achievement!!!

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Well done Sir. 

Good job on the organizing. Fantastic job on the fund raising effort and a BIG congratulations on breaking the 5 hour barrier. Amazing achievement and a wonderful personal record to hold. 

Thank you for sharing Smile

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Karboncraig wrote:
Well done that's a great achievement raising so much money for charity!! When you going for the 25mph average!!!

HA! I can hold 25 mph. For a few minutes at least....

Thank you all for the kind words, good feedback from my friends at BLF means a lot.

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Nice work. Worthy cause that has effected many people directly and indirectly. I think most people know someone who has or had Parkinson’s. 1/2 million is very impressive!

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Wow, 100 miles are equivalent to 161 kilometers ! In 5 hours ?!

Congratulations !

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Bravo from the home town of Mr Bradley Wiggin,,WIGO,,the Olympic Gold Medalist & Tour De France Winner 2012.

Welldone,i betcha proud as punch.

DON,,,ps,rule fives a classic and should always be rule five

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Congrats man, on all accounts. I can do that in a car………………….unless my foot goes asleep.

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DON KIDIK wrote:
Rule five’s a classic and should always be rule five

Should be rule # ONE!

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DON KIDIK wrote:
Bravo from the home town of Mr Bradley Wiggin,,WIGO,,the Olympic Gold Medalist & Tour De France Winner 2012. Welldone,i betcha proud as punch. DON,,,ps,rule fives a classic and should always be rule five

Wow, same hometown, huh? It was so good to see WIGO rock at le Tour this year! Good to see the U.K. get a win too. Cycling has really come a long way with you guys in the last few years.

Rule #5 Rules! There was a team riding their 3rd edition that had custom Sub-5 Jerseys and Bib shorts made up; Plastered right across the ass was "Rule #5". That way every rider they passed could see it. Sealed

Thank you all again for the kind words!

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BetweenRides wrote:

DON KIDIK wrote:
Bravo from the home town of Mr Bradley Wiggin,,WIGO,,the Olympic Gold Medalist & Tour De France Winner 2012. Welldone,i betcha proud as punch. DON,,,ps,rule fives a classic and should always be rule five

Wow, same hometown, huh? It was so good to see WIGO rock at le Tour this year! Good to see the U.K. get a win too. Cycling has really come a long way with you guys in the last few years.

Rule #5 Rules! There was a team riding their 3rd edition that had custom Sub-5 Jerseys and Bib shorts made up; Plastered right across the ass was “Rule #5”. That way every rider they passed could see it. Sealed

Thank you all again for the kind words!

I know a few people who need those ass stickers. Davie

Welldone,great when a plan comes together.

DON..

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… custom Sub-5 Bib shorts made up; Plastered right across the ass was “Rule #5”.

I MUST have a pair of these bibs!

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Congrats Dave to the stunning achievement! I hope you can keep it up, your health and fitness and energy level for many years to come Big Smile

God bless!!

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