Sunday, February 5, 2012

getting ready to ride

While my efforts pale in comparison to a race around the world, or even across America, or, for that matter a 200k brevet,  I'm pleased that I've been able to put in about 100 miles OUTSIDE so far this year. Throw in a handful of sessions on the trainer, and the fact that I've been watching my diet to lower my cholesterol, and I'm in better shape than any recent February. I'm not quite ready for a week-long tour, but I've got several months for that.

I've got my eye on several possibilities for this summer. My brother-in-law suggested Pedal Across Wisconsin, which looks like it would be fun. The Springfield Cyclist seemed to enjoy it in 2011. I've also looked at the routes for Tour de Kota, which I've done, and RAGBRAI, which I have not. I've looked at BRAN and CANDISC, although BRAN is not a loop, which creates some logistics problems, and CANDISC is bound to go northwest along the Missouri again sometime, and that's when I would like to ride that.

Ride The Rockies  just announced their route, which looks spectacular (I'll preview that in another post), but is also not a loop, and BTC is heading into Wyoming for part of their ride. Speaking of which, my other brother-in-law is looking at Tour de Wyoming in July. That ride looks fantastic too. I would have to make a long drive to Jackson to join him for that. And of course, if you've ever read this blog, you know my heart belongs to CRMBT. I would absolutely love to return for my 5th year with them and see the fantastic  people and  amazing  scenery I've grown accustomed to.

Whatever ride I end up doing, I'm certain it will be great fun. I can hardly wait. It's a good thing that blogger doesn't charge by the link, or after this post I wouldn't be able to afford to ride anywhere.


  1. You can ride more than one tour, right?
    I agree on loop tours. Much, much easier logistically.
    Four of us have signed up for CRMBT so far. Hope to get a couple more to join us.
    Hope to see you there. We really do need to have that cup of coffee we've talked about for a couple of years.

  2. I've thought about P A W and Tour de Kota also, but timing won't work out for me this year. Any ride in Wisc is a great ride. I forget the name, but there's a ride in western No. Dak. that looks interesting.

    Good luck, I know you'll choose wisely!

    1. Big Oak, I believe the ND tour is CANDISC (Cycling Around ND IN Sakakwea Country). I would love to ride this tour in my home state, but it's the same week as CRMBT, and if I do ND over CO I would like it to be a route they did several years ago, along the Missouri River into Montana and back on the other side of the river.

  3. One hundred outside miles and it's only February?? Excellent! I look forward to your stories and pictures.

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