I spend a lot of time riding on a mag trainer in my garage during the winter. This gives me lots of time to think about all kinds of stuff that my busy life doesn’t allow me to ponder on a daily basis.
Recently, and appropriate for this time of year, I have been thinking about cycling goals for 2013. I have been feeling conflicted about what I want to tackle, and what I don’t. Still deliberating. It has a LOT to do with what I feel like negotiating with Penny and the kids.
Here are the present thoughts on the matter:
1. CTC has always captured my imagination. Not sure why. Just does. Mighty tempting to do that again. Especially because its the more civilized direction again this year. April 19th and 20th.
2. Giving consideration to committing to an SR series. This is questionable though. I’d probably be happy skipping the 400K and just doing the other three. I am planning to do the PA Randonneurs’ Morgantown 200K this upcoming weekend, and they have a 300K scheduled for the 4th of May, two weeks after CTC. And their 600K is scheduled for June 1st. The 400K holds so little appeal because it involves one terribly long day (a full 24hrs for me, probably) without sleep. I find this a touch risky. A 300K is quite manageable without sleep, and the 600K is long enough that it easily allows for a 4 hour overnight. No problem.
3. I’d like to do the Circle 7 route concept if I can talk anyone else into it. This is like a low calorie 1200K that goes up into the PA Wilds. It’s a more civilized version of a 3 / 4 day randonee. Complete with sit down meals, beer, and hotels.
The Circle 7 is so named because the route is a loop/circle but sorta shaped like a 7, and because its about 700 something kilometers (about 725 to be precise-ish). Reddan thinks it looks more like a clamp-on front derailleur.
Day one – Altoona to Coudersport – 150 miles
Day two – Coudersport to State College – 170 miles
Day three – State College to Altoona – 130 miles
So it’s not a rando but a three day “ultra-tour”. Civilized acomodations at night and actually eating “real food” where-ever possible.
The Proposed Route: http://www.bikeroutetoaster.com/Course.aspx?course=470434
Highlights include the PA grand canyon, the nothingness of the PA Wilds, what might be the hardest road climb in the state (the 1900 foot climb up to Blue Knob Ski area),at least one stunning mountain top vista (Brumbaugh mountain).