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2019 Fifty Mile Challenge
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posted 1/1/2019
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Welcome to the 2019 Fifty Mile Challenge.
Join at any time. Let me know if your name isn't in the spreadsheet and I'll add you in.



A fifty plus ride is a ride that meets the following:
1. A ride of 50.0 miles or more in any one day or a combination of several rides in one day.
2. Only one fifty per day may be counted.
3. Rides of longer distances that qualify for other challenges may also be posted here.
4. Rides posted in this challenge may be posted in other challenges as well, but must conform to their rules.

Although not required, please include:
5. Type of ride; Road (included paved bike trails,) Mountain, Rollers, Trainer, etc.
See post #2 for a sample post
Pictures would be nice as well!


Thanks to Markiansj, SloJoe, and tojesky who hosted this challenge before.

As you can see, I've changed this to a self posting thread, but if you have a tablet or phone, and can't post, just post your ride and ask someone to enter it for you, its not hard.

Previous Years:

2018 Fifty Mile Challenge

2017 Fifty Mile Challenge

2016 Fifty Mile Challenge

2015 Fifty Mile Challenge

2014 Fifty Mile Challenge



If the table below is too hard to work with, try the link below:


2019 Fifty Mile Challenge




thread edited on 1/23/2019 at 4:27:30 PM

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posted 1/3/2019
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Goals are the same as last year, let me know if you want to change, as the main sheet is protected.
-- posted by hairykiwi
Please change my goal to 40. Hopefully I'll be able to break that number.

Thanks for continuing this challenge.
post edited on 1/3/2019 at 7:43:53 AM

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posted 1/3/2019
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I've been calculating my "feet of climbing" for rides on the Trail with a spreadsheet I made up with the elevations of every trailhead and mile marker. But now that I have a GPS logger, I think I should be able to do better. What's the most accurate, yet simple, source of elevation measurement? My spreadsheet puts this ride at 825 feet, which is certainly an underestimate. My GPS software puts it at over 3000 feet, which is nuts. Strava's 1300 feet seems credible.

Any ideas?
-- posted by ericrrrm
A very good friend of mine is a land surveyor and we checked my elevation on a particular ride a while back. We found that that when I average the elevation between Strava and Ride with GPS that I got the closest to the actual measurement. That's the only idea I got.
-- posted by GeeWizMan

Do you know if one of Strava or Ride w/ GPS consistently ran higher than the other? If Strava runs low, I'd be glad to underestimate for simplicity's sake.

Thanks!
-- posted by ericrrrm
I use Garmin Connect's feature that allows adjustment of the recorded elevation which brings consistency (not necessarily accuracy) to my ride elevation data. It uses surveyed elevation instead of your unit's elevation for the route and adjusts the recorded data. So when using "elevation corrections" with Garmin Connect, it more or less is the same as the other sites like Ride with GPS. But my rides are basically flat so I don't know how good that is. However, Strava uses my actual un-adjusted Garmin 820 data. I do not know what Strava does when one does not have an elevation from their GPS device.

The issue with sites like Ride with GPS and MapMyRide is that they may exaggerate elevation gain because they are using raw survey data and in some cases do not consider bridges and cuts on the roadways (road smoothing.) For instance, if you go over a bridge 30 feet above a river you may record 30 more feet of climb than actual.

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posted 1/3/2019
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Pansy Half #1
1/3/19
Distance: 50.81 (miles)
Time: 3:01:54
Average: 16.76 mph
Climb: 2,684' (From Strava)

Through chatting with a friend in Wyoming via Messenger, I set myself up to go 50 today. I didn't want to let her down, or, more appropriately, since I was more or less accountable to back up what I told her I was going to do thanks to her inspiration, I donned my gear right after work and headed out in a northwesterly direction, knowing I'd eat the wind for a while. Temperature was 34, and with an overcast sky, it never budged a degree all ride long.

Got up Meeks Lane to PA 550, then turned southwest, still facing the headwind coming down off Bald Eagle Ridge. Rode through Stormstown, through Spring Mount, and then turned off onto Stiver Road, turned northeast back onto PA 550 again, and then climbed a short hill. Did about a 140-degree turn and head into the woods on Hundred Springs Road, still gaining some elevation.

Finally reached Knarr road, and a steep descent. Continued that descent for roughly 5 miles into Spruce Creek. At that point, my average was up to almost 16 again, but my feet were getting cold, as were my hands.

But once on 45 and headed northeast, and coming up out of Spruce Creek, I had a tail wind and was generally gaining elevation, and I started pushing some serious watts for a while. Average crept up to 16.7, which I maintained to the finish, though I was pretty well spent by the time I got back to work. All in all, a good way to kick off the 2019 campaign!

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posted 1/3/2019
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I'll stick with the 66 from last year. Strange number, but I was in the neighborhood last year, so let's roll with it!

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posted 1/4/2019
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Goals are the same as last year, let me know if you want to change, as the main sheet is protected.
-- posted by hairykiwi
Please change my goal to 40. Hopefully I'll be able to break that number.

Thanks for continuing this challenge.
-- posted by tojesky


Concur with TOjesky; thanks for continuing this thread!!!

Please put me down for 18 - halves this year... thanks again!!

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posted 1/5/2019
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#02

ROAD
Jan 05
52.6 miles
3:24 ride time
15.4 mph avg speed
2328 feet of climbing

Looking for something different today, so I decided to try riding with the Sky Loop group again (it's been 13 months since last time).

They start at Florence Rd on the Silver Comet, then leave the Trail very soon, at Isley Stamper Rd, and rejoin it 34 miles later, at Tara Drummond Trailhead.

I parked at Rambo Nursery, so I wouldn't be tempted (like last time) into their paceline from Tara Drummond to Florence Rd--I don't have the skills to be comfortable with that, particularly on a MUP. Averaged 16.0mph for the 11 Trail miles to Florence Rd.

15.6mph at the "store stop", about halfway through the road portion. 15.4mph when we arrived at Tara Drummond and I took my leave of them.

The ride is advertised as no-drop 15-17mph, but I don't think they expected anyone as slow as me to show up. I was clearly being shepherded, for which I was grateful, but sorry for the cyclists stuck with the duty. On the other hand, I did average more than 15mph, so in a general sense, I don't feel too sorry.

Rode past Rambo Nursery at the end, turning at Willow Springs Lane Trestle, to get a half-century.
post edited on 1/5/2019 at 4:24:58 PM

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posted 1/6/2019
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#03

ROAD
Jan 06
52.3 miles
3:24 ride time
15.4 mph avg speed
1309 feet of climbing

Silver Comet Trail - Floyd Rd to Brushy Mtn Tunnel and Return
Elapsed Time 3:45

Start an hour and a half after sunrise, +42F. A substantial warm-up was forecast, so I wore a short-sleeved jersey and arm warmers. I intended to bring a sweatband to swap for my skullcap when the time came, but inadvertently left it home.

15.1mph to Tara Drummond, up from 14.9mph 2 miles earlier at the Trail's highest point. Four cyclists getting ready to ride here left before I did. I caught them pretty quickly, and noticed that the guy at the tail end was riding a lugged steel bike. The decals were worn off, so I asked him about it. It was a Schwinn he bought used in 1985, but he didn't remember the model.

14.9mph to the turn at Brushy Mtn Tunnel, about 30 sec off a 15mph pace.

I made that up fairly quickly on the "descent" from the Tunnel, and was 30 sec ahead of 15mph by the time I returned to Tara Drummond. Removed my arm warmers here.

Only lost about 10 sec on the way to the Trail's highest point, which was encouraging.

15.3mph to Florence Rd. Filled my water bottle. Although my legs were comfortable, since I couldn't remove my skullcap, I took off my knee warmers in the hope it would make my head feel cooler.

+64F at the end. Very glad to take off my skullcap. Riding time on the return was 7 min faster than outbound.

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posted 1/6/2019
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Pansy Half #1
1/6/19
Distance: 51.22 (miles)
Time: 2:37:10
Average: 19.55 mph
Climb: 1,438' (From Strava)

Got out of work early, which afforded me time for a nap before riding, and it was perfect. Got up at noon, and determined to do a wind-aided ride rather than battle it for half the ride, and have my wife pick me up at the finish. So I went south out of Centre Hall on PA 144 through Old Fort, then turned east on Sinking Creek Road and headed into Spring Mills. From there, out to Coburn, and stayed along the creek roads to Woodward. Got on PA 45 and headed east, climbing up to Hairy John State Park, then descending into the Buffalo Valley with a good tail wind.

Turned off 45 onto Paddy Mountain Road, and tacked through the wind across the valley to Pine Creek, turning east on Creek Road. Then headed east-northeast, at times with a full sail at my back, at other times with more of a crossing wind. Got up onto Swengel road, which was speedy, but the wind west too much from the west-northwest to be a true power booster. Then got back onto 45 and rode through Mifflinburg, Vicksburg, Linntown, and stopped in downtown Lewisburg.

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posted 1/12/2019
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#04

ROAD
Jan 12
52.3 miles
3:25 ride time
15.3 mph avg speed
1292 feet of climbing

Silver Comet Trail - Floyd Rd to Brushy Mtn Tunnel and Return
Elapsed Time 3:44

Start 20 min before sunrise, +42F. Overcast and breezy. Forecast rain probability rising through the morning, reaching 50% in about 3 hours.

I felt just a few drops on the way to Tara Drummond. Trying to beat the rain was motivating, and I arrived there just 8 sec off a 16mph pace.

Felt a few more drops on the way to Brushy Mtn Tunnel. 15.7mph here, about a minute and a half off a 16mph pace.

Turning around, I discovered that "breezy" had been a tailwind, and my pace wasn't entirely due to motivation. Fought a modest headwind all the way back. 15.5mph to Tara Drummond, 15.3mph to Florence Rd (7 miles remaining).

+43F at the end, but it the breeze made it feel a lot colder while I was packing up. Riding time on the return was 6 min slower than outbound.

By the time I got back home, the forecast start of rain had been pushed back 7 hours. I could have gotten in a 200k Sometimes I think I'd be better off not looking at forecasts.
post edited on 1/13/2019 at 2:26:28 PM

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posted 1/12/2019
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Heading to FL in about a month and really need to get some 50s in, but our weekend weather is just not allowing it. Snow and rain briefly went away this morning, so was able to get in 35 miles, but still no 50.
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