RSR 26 – My first cycling event and my confusion

By Skip

Episode number 26 of my daily triathlon training diary….

Today was a big day for me, I was headed out to complete my first cycling event, a 32 mile race. I intended to sprint this distance but things happened… actually, MANY things happened that really threw this whole race off and left me confused and disappointed. Please watch the video and let me know if this is what I should expect from ALL cycling events!

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Filed in: Biking, RSR Diary, Video • Saturday, April 9th, 2011

Comments

By Jon Paul Baker on April 9th, 2011 at 9:15 pm

Sorry your first experience was bad. The quality of the route markings varies considerably from event to event. I would recommend getting a 1/4 page holder and using your cyclometer to follow the route as best as possible or using a GPS. (The route should be provided on a route card with the distance from the start to each point/between points listed. The cards are usually set up to be folded in quarters. I’d avoid rides that don’t include route cards.)

Please call these “rides” and not “races”. They aren’t races; there are no prizes for the winners, few have official timing, etc. Because of this, they are very informal. Each rider, or group, does what they feel like doing. After paying the entrance fee, you’re welcome to ride the “official” mileage (which may be off from the posted distance), ride a different route, take shortcuts, etc.

Charity rides can be nice if you like riding with a group or would like to ride a longer distance than you’ve done before without worrying about food and knowing you have a ride available back to the starting line. If you’re used to riding long distances without support and/or are training for triathlons, I’m not sure I’d see the benefit, other than supporting a worthwhile cause.

Hope that helps some. I ride charity ride distances solo already, so there isn’t a lot of benefit for me. I do a few a year because I like to support some of the charities. Some rides have amazing routes, food, and/or volunteers. Others help train my “just keep going” skill. Doing a 100km ride on a recumbent trike with a long section on busy roads was a “just keep going” event.

BTW, since you are an active triathlete, I would be very careful doing group rides. Almost every charity ride I’ve ridden has had at least one crash due to a mistake made by someone riding in a pack. If you don’t need pack riding experience, I’d skip it. While the risk of a crash is still fairly low, is it worth missing a triathlon season because someone clipped a tire on a charity ride? Don’t get me wrong: riding with a good group is an amazing rush that has to be experienced. I’m not sure there’s enough of a benefit, though, for a time trialist/triathlete.

By DestroyTheseWalls on October 16th, 2011 at 4:20 pm

Sorry, sounds like organizers sucked…… Try livestrong challenge, much nicer, tris are allt better organized though


[..YouTube..] Sorry, sounds like organizers sucked…… Try livestrong challenge, much nicer, tris are allt better organized though


[..YouTube..] Sorry, sounds like organizers sucked…… Try livestrong challenge, much nicer, tris are allt better organized though


[..YouTube..] Sorry, sounds like organizers sucked…… Try livestrong challenge, much nicer, tris are allt better organized though


[..YouTube..] Sorry, sounds like organizers sucked…… Try livestrong challenge, much nicer, tris are allt better organized though


[..YouTube..] Sorry, sounds like organizers sucked…… Try livestrong challenge, much nicer, tris are allt better organized though


[..YouTube..] Sorry, sounds like organizers sucked…… Try livestrong challenge, much nicer, tris are allt better organized though


[..YouTube..] Sorry, sounds like organizers sucked…… Try livestrong challenge, much nicer, tris are allt better organized though


[..YouTube..] Sorry, sounds like organizers sucked…… Try livestrong challenge, much nicer, tris are allt better organized though


[..YouTube..] Sorry, sounds like organizers sucked…… Try livestrong challenge, much nicer, tris are allt better organized though


[..YouTube..] Sorry, sounds like organizers sucked…… Try livestrong challenge, much nicer, tris are allt better organized though


[..YouTube..] Sorry, sounds like organizers sucked…… Try livestrong challenge, much nicer, tris are allt better organized though


[..YouTube..] Sorry, sounds like organizers sucked…… Try livestrong challenge, much nicer, tris are allt better organized though


[..YouTube..] Sorry, sounds like organizers sucked…… Try livestrong challenge, much nicer, tris are allt better organized though


[..YouTube..] Sorry, sounds like organizers sucked…… Try livestrong challenge, much nicer, tris are allt better organized though


[..YouTube..] Sorry, sounds like organizers sucked…… Try livestrong challenge, much nicer, tris are allt better organized though


[..YouTube..] Sorry, sounds like organizers sucked…… Try livestrong challenge, much nicer, tris are allt better organized though


[..YouTube..] Sorry, sounds like organizers sucked…… Try livestrong challenge, much nicer, tris are allt better organized though


[..YouTube..] definitely sounds like an organizer issue. They should have had volunteers out on the road before the race even began. I did a charity ride this past August, did the metric century, but about 5 miles from the finish I had missed the crucial turn to the finish, because I didn’t see any road signals telling me to turn. Learned my lesson and now carry a small map of the course so I can pull it out of my jersey pocket anytime during the race and check where I am and where the next few turns are at.

By Sinatra192 on March 20th, 2012 at 10:04 pm

definitely sounds like an organizer issue. They should have had volunteers out on the road before the race even began. I did a charity ride this past August, did the metric century, but about 5 miles from the finish I had missed the crucial turn to the finish, because I didn’t see any road signals telling me to turn. Learned my lesson and now carry a small map of the course so I can pull it out of my jersey pocket anytime during the race and check where I am and where the next few turns are at.

 

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