Rapha - The Festive 500

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Re: Rapha - The Festive 500

Postby GeoffInBrisbane » Sun Dec 30, 2012 9:07 am

I finished this morning as well. 507km logged (567km ridden). Have had a great week and lost half a kilo despite eating and drinking a lot more than I should've done. Discovered a few new rides through some very beautiful countryside and generally had a lovely time. Could do some more tomorrow, but I think I'm gonna have a rest. Did 75km this morning around Brisbane, legs felt pretty tired indeed. :D
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Re: Rapha - The Festive 500

Postby marinmomma » Sun Dec 30, 2012 12:15 pm

All done, 523 for the week, 1500 for the month...proudly wearing my Rapha Tee this morning :D

A tough week, I signed up not feeling 100% confident that I'd complete the total.

Good luck to everyone still trying to get it done!
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Re: Rapha - The Festive 500

Postby Costanza » Sun Dec 30, 2012 12:28 pm

I completed the 500 this morning and I am not cycling for the rest of the year. Need to rest up for January's challenge!
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Re: Rapha - The Festive 500

Postby sambo3 » Sun Dec 30, 2012 12:39 pm

Congrats to all who have completed, Fantastic to see so may forum riders doing this.
Also good to see an Aussie leading the pack(1304km).
Geoff Parker, Anyone know him? Bloody huge effort, I hope he holds onto top spot.

I have managed 5 rides now;
Christmas Eve 100km, Vintage Alan Cyclocross, 20km off road
Boxing Day 75km, Road bike
Friday 120km, Road bike
Saturday 50km, Vintage Alan Cyclocross
Sunday 107km Road bike

452km thus far
48km to go.

I may go out and complete the 48 this arvo depending on how I feel and the weather. Otherwise will do tomorrow.

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Re: Rapha - The Festive 500

Postby singlespeedscott » Sun Dec 30, 2012 1:06 pm

sambo3 wrote:Also good to see an Aussie leading the pack(1304km).
Geoff Parker, Anyone know him? Bloody huge effort, I hope he holds onto top spot.


bloody hell!

Has he no life or family.
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Re: Rapha - The Festive 500

Postby gabrielle260 » Sun Dec 30, 2012 2:21 pm

Riding around the Bellarine, met up with 2 vets and did most of my ride with them. The old story " Do you get out much?" - answer; " a bit". Barry and Brian - if you are reading this, you buggers ripped my legs off!
I went so hard I cut short my long ride and headed back 64 km done.
Then rode with my two boys up the rail trail to Drysdale and back for an easy 33km, making 97km for the day and 472 so far.
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Re: Rapha - The Festive 500

Postby jules21 » Sun Dec 30, 2012 2:42 pm

well i'm done! rode out to the dandenongs and managed my first VAM of over 1000 up the wall. the place is teeming with riders, most of them racers.
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Re: Rapha - The Festive 500

Postby Riggsbie » Sun Dec 30, 2012 3:30 pm

I finished the Festive 500 yesterday so we decided to do another 100km just for fun.....

http://app.strava.com/activities/34677211

So day#7 - 100.3km - Torquay to Lorne - perfect day for a ride, nice and cool and overcast to start with.....not too much traffic on the way to Lorne.....sun came out and so did the traffic, the return was quite hectic leaving Lorne, around Fairhaven, Aireys and Anglesea !

Felt surprisingly good.....bum aches.....

Total 605km.....

Might squeeze in a little ride tomorrow......I think there's a Strava segment near me I should be able to get in my velomobile !


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Re: Rapha - The Festive 500

Postby danny the boy » Sun Dec 30, 2012 5:31 pm

jules21 wrote:well i'm done! rode out to the dandenongs and managed my first VAM of over 1000 up the wall. the place is teeming with riders, most of them racers.


Was car chaos up there by the time I got there, which would of been about 11am. Did (a version of) the crucifix for the first time today and got to the turn off from the tourist rd to Sky High and almost ended up in the back of a car, a woman was reversing back out the wrong way onto the main rd having taken a wrong turn or something, luckily I was on a bike and could squeeze past the outside.
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Re: Rapha - The Festive 500

Postby jules21 » Sun Dec 30, 2012 5:45 pm

danny the boy wrote:Was car chaos up there by the time I got there, which would of been about 11am. Did (a version of) the crucifix for the first time today and got to the turn off from the tourist rd to Sky High and almost ended up in the back of a car, a woman was reversing back out the wrong way onto the main rd having taken a wrong turn or something, luckily I was on a bike and could squeeze past the outside.

the traffic was pretty full on! amazingly everyone was very nice to me, bar a ventura bus driver.
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Re: Rapha - The Festive 500

Postby rogan » Sun Dec 30, 2012 7:35 pm

Nearly done, got 59 km to do, which I will knock off tomorrow. Also I have 67 km to get to 13,500 km for the year, so I might get to that too.

So far, 441 km with 6,325m of climbing in 14 h 31 min, at an average speed of 30.4 km/h. Tired and sore!
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Re: Rapha - The Festive 500

Postby stinhambo » Sun Dec 30, 2012 7:52 pm

I managed 125km but this was more about me getting back into the cycling bug than the 500 challenge.

I'm really looking forward to next month's challenge and working on my climbing which is pretty weak at the moment.
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Re: Rapha - The Festive 500

Postby stevecassidy » Mon Dec 31, 2012 8:21 am

Just back from a short ride to the shops that brought my total to 500.6km - no sense in doing too much eh!

After a couple of days I thought that there was no way I'd make the total but after a cruisy 50km followed by a great ride out to Maroota (130km) I was back on track and made it with time to spare. I must say I'm feeling it in the saddle interface region now, have to find some of the Aussie Bum Cream samples that I was given at Fitz's.

I think I'll have a bit of a rest for a couple of days and then try to make the most of the new found form in my legs.

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Re: Rapha - The Festive 500

Postby gabrielle260 » Mon Dec 31, 2012 9:22 am

78km today out to Torquay and back, making 550km for the week and over 1,600km for the month.
Now planning an exciting New Years Eve camping with a 12 yr old and a 9 yr old!
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Re: Rapha - The Festive 500

Postby humanbeing » Mon Dec 31, 2012 9:38 am

Done :D
524km for the week. Also brought up 15069 for the year.
Have a great new year riding,
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Re: Rapha - The Festive 500

Postby chucknitro » Mon Dec 31, 2012 10:54 am

Done. Definitely a rest day tomorrow.
See you all in 2013 :D
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Re: Rapha - The Festive 500

Postby danny the boy » Mon Dec 31, 2012 2:44 pm

Done. Was far from a festive experience.
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Re: Rapha - The Festive 500

Postby RobM » Mon Dec 31, 2012 6:08 pm

Also done. Happy to hang the helmet up for a day and rest.

Great challenge and really pushed what i thought i was capable of doing. Positive side of Strava :mrgreen:
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Re: Rapha - The Festive 500

Postby Eleri » Mon Dec 31, 2012 9:24 pm

I'm done now and at 695km, just shy of recording 700.

I probably did those extra 5kms or more but it was racing on the velodrome and I didn't have the garmin on the track bike last night. Mind you, racing with 570km in my legs, including 80 that morning, meant I wasn't in top form. :?

Nor was getting up this morning and doing the final 125km. Probably should have ridden round the block but ... it's just a round number :-)

A moderate bit of climbing in that, over 7,000km, as I was using this as a serious training block for the Alpine Classic Extreme in a few weeks.

Best achievement: I managed to ride on Christmas Day AND Boxing Day and still cater the family Christmas at my place with overnight guests. Made my brother come along for an early morning ride on Boxing Day.

Thanks to everyone who rode with me. And a big congratulations to anyone who met this challenge. It's a big effort and now I really appreciate how big.
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Re: Rapha - The Festive 500

Postby ldrcycles » Mon Dec 31, 2012 9:35 pm

Couldn't quite get there in the end, but still pretty happy with 409km, given i only had the public holidays off work. VERY ready for a rest now! I'm absolutely astonished at the efforts of the bloke in Melbourne who clocked up over 1,800k, unbelievable.
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Re: Rapha - The Festive 500

Postby sambo3 » Mon Dec 31, 2012 9:52 pm

Just finished now.I am probably one of the last to finish this off in Australia but its done at last.
Tomorrow morning a swim, enough of cycling, until Wednesday.

Well done all.

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Re: Rapha - The Festive 500

Postby marinmomma » Mon Dec 31, 2012 10:14 pm

Eleri wrote:I'm done now and at 695km, just shy of recording 700.

And a big congratulations to anyone who met this challenge. It's a big effort and now I really appreciate how big.


Congratulations Eleri, I was watching your total during the challenge, well done that is an impressive amount of riding!
Good to see a decent number of women achieving this challenge, the last I looked there were around 100 ladies who had completed it.
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Re: Rapha - The Festive 500

Postby Eleri » Mon Dec 31, 2012 10:39 pm

And congratulations to you too Lisa! It is good to see more women getting out on the bike and putting in some kms.
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Re: Rapha - The Festive 500

Postby cavebear2 » Tue Jan 01, 2013 12:50 am

Well done to everyone who had the resolve to achieve this. :D

I finished my year today with a crazy ride. The ride was a relatively uninspiring (flat) 208.2 km but my Garmin told me that the average temp. on the bike was 42 degrees. (Max. in Perth today was 42.1 deg.)

This was following last night's effort of 207.5 km finishing just after midnight and the previous night's effort of 178.2 km finishing just before midnight. My official Rapha total was 802 km but I didn't log 87km on Strava 'cause I was a bit slow getting my new Garmin out of the box.
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Re: Rapha - The Festive 500

Postby casual_cyclist » Tue Jan 01, 2013 4:22 am

cavebear2 wrote:Well done to everyone who had the resolve to achieve this. :D

I finished my year today with a crazy ride. The ride was a relatively uninspiring (flat) 208.2 km but my Garmin told me that the average temp. on the bike was 42 degrees. (Max. in Perth today was 42.1 deg.)

This was following last night's effort of 207.5 km finishing just after midnight and the previous night's effort of 178.2 km finishing just before midnight. My official Rapha total was 802 km but I didn't log 87km on Strava 'cause I was a bit slow getting my new Garmin out of the box.

Amazing as always! I started my final ride a bit late this morning (5 am) and didn't get back until 10:30 am. I got a bit sunburned which was my first sunburn for the festive 500.
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