cavebear2 wrote:* You consider the possibility of breaking the Australian Audax Oppy 24hr trial team record distance of 780km with a small group of fellow riders.
open topic, for anything cycling related.
All of the above just confirms I haven't lost my perspective (and I've done many of them)! Cycling means everything to me.
“Newspapers are unable, seemingly to discriminate between a bicycle accident and the collapse of civilization”
- George Bernard Shaw.
(alas, how much has changed)
Whenever you're in the car you are preoccupied checking the condition of the shoulder
You exile the family cat from the garage for knocking over your pride & joy
Uh oh! You just lost your KOM
The Australian record is 770 km in 1993, the world record is 778 km by the French a couple of years later.
First thought when contemplating a smokebox purchase is how well the scoot will fit in the back.
...whatever the road rules, self-preservation is the absolute priority for a cyclist when mixing it with motorised traffic.
London Boy 29/12/2011
OK! - our goal just got so much easier! Then again, we may as well stay with our original goal and break the world record.
It's easy to say isn't it?
Are you for real? If you rode for 24 hours with no breaks at 30km/h you would only cover 720km.
You have lost perspective when you consider breaking that record!
Yes it would seem to be a bit difficult, perhaps I'm just "Walter Mittying"? I've worked out that I could easily cover 550 kms without drafting in 24 hrs based on the time that it took me to complete 443 kms last September. Therefore extrapolating that to a 40% (very generous ) efficiency with drafting in a team, we should be able to manage 770kms.
- If the course is flat.
- If the winds are favourable.
- If the team rides very cohesively. (high skill levels & good communication)
- If all riders are well matched.
- If all riders are suitably prepared.
- If there are no mechanical faults.
- If there are no rider health issues.
On second thoughts perhaps the odds seem better with Lotto.
There's no more room in the garage for another bike and you have to decide which one has to live outside under the carport, and feel sad for the old trek 820
15 Bikes 2 adults 6 children, 3 dogs, 4 chooks and a heck of a lot of fish
....when you have 13 bikes between the two of you in the bike room and are surprised when friends remark on how many bikes you have, then have to explain to the increasingly incredulous person that you still love and ride each one.( but one is the very favourite....)
....when you have a clothes drawer just for jerseys.....
....when you can mix and match jerseys with gloves....( I think I need help on this!)
..... you get knocked off your bike and when you hit the deck, through the blinding pain your first thought is.."is the bike ok????" was me on Sunday 28th.
And yes, the bike was I ok - Im still a bit sore
ego veho ergo exsisto
Glad you are ok. (and the bike )
....when you wake up in the ambulance on your way to hospital after your bike accident and your first thought is "Thank god I wasn't on the Pegoretti"
....when your partner turns up to the hospita, leans over you and says "I bet you are glad you weren't on the Pegoretti."
I've done just over 600 km in an English 24 hr time trial but have my doubts that I could do much over 700 km even with drafting. That is a long way to stay in an aero tuck and very few teams (three or four?) have ever gone past 700 km. The riders' bad patches usually aren't syncronised, so the team loses a little ground to the schedule each time. I've ridden some distance with one of the Australian record holders and he was seriously fast.
When you're cycling home early from work due to your flu reaching the "60's flashback" stage and you still stop & spend 10 minutes in the pouring rain trying to isolate the cause of that new annoying noise from your bike [it was a loose headset - they should put that in the manual]. And yes, you're only 15 minutes from home at the time.
You are forced off the bike by illness and within three days become an evil miserable ba$tard that no-one wants to be around.
Really weird part - first day I drove to work after deciding I had to stop riding, and I nearly had four accidents in a 9km drive, not one of them my fault. The third one involved a bus swerving around me because he left his braking too late in the wet and was going to pancake me into the back of the bus in front! And they say cycling is dangerous.
I ride, therefore I am.
...real cyclists don't have squeaky chains...
And you finish said generally utterly miserable ride and a few hours later can only remember the parts you enjoyed
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