Props to Maria for taking the overall mens/women during the Sebring Century

Discussion in 'Cruzbike Adventures (Solo, Randonneur, Social)' started by trplay, Feb 15, 2014.

  1. trplay

    trplay Zen MBB Master

    Maria finished in 4 hours 26 min 59 sec six minutes and change ahead of the second place rider.
  2. Charles.Plager

    Charles.Plager Recumbent Quant


  3. ak-tux

    ak-tux Well-Known Member

    Nice Sebring 2014 photos too!

    Congratulations Maria and Eric!


    and Eric!

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  4. BentBierz

    BentBierz Well-Known Member

    Congrats to Marie, Eric and

    Congrats to Marie, Eric and Cruzbike!!!
  5. Andrew 1973

    Andrew 1973 Zen MBB Master

    Eric did the 24 hour?

    Congratulations to all and to Cruzbike.That is a blazing-fast century!

    Eric you look good on the Vendetta, but Maria has you beat in the Best Legs portion of the contest. ;-)
  6. trplay

    trplay Zen MBB Master

    Stellar ride Eric!

    Stellar ride Eric!
  7. Jeremy S

    Jeremy S Dude

    Eric, imagine how much faster

    Eric, imagine how much faster you could have gone with a clean shave!
  8. ratz

    ratz Wielder of the Rubber Mallet

    it is about the decibles

    I was thinking the same thing; I was going with the theory that he was worried about 24 hours of wind noise in his ears.
  9. Robert Holler

    Robert Holler Administrator Staff Member

    Congrats! That is super fast!

    Congrats! That is super fast!
  10. Charles.Plager

    Charles.Plager Recumbent Quant

    But don't you guys see,

    But don't you guys see, that's why he has no mustache. Aerodynamics!

    Well done, sir!
  11. Eric Winn

    Eric Winn Zen MBB Master

    No mustache == good seal for

    No mustache == good seal for my balaclava plus some added chin insulation. It was freaking cold!

    Fortunately the wind died down in the early evening while it was still daylight so it wasn't quite as cold and nowhere near as windy as last year during the night - I don't know how Maria did her 24 hour last year. I think the low temperature this year hit 41F with little to no wind.

    I'm very happy with my century time of 5:39:44 and pleased I managed to eke out another 154.3 miles after that but I had problems with nutrition and I kept getting chilled even early in the day. Only about 15 hours riding. Took several long breaks to try and get some food down and a long 3+ hour break around 1a-4a to get my core warmed up - couldn't stop shivering for a bit and the cold seems to have flared up my carpal tunnel pretty bad.

    Michigan HPV races in May and the N24HC in June should be quite a bit warmer so hoping for more improvements.

    Thanks all for the kind words. And Andrew, Maria has BOTH the better looking legs and the better legs. She is fast!

  12. Charles.Plager

    Charles.Plager Recumbent Quant

    Hi Eric,
    If only you lived in

    Hi Eric,

    If only you lived in a cold weather climate and understood you need to dress for the weather. Once you get cold, it's hard to get warm again.

    (For example, me, dressed up ready for my 15 degree F commute):

    All kidding aside, 250 miles in 24 hours is nothing to sneeze at at all. 250 miles in 15 hours riding time is fantastic. Well done. :D
  13. ak-tux

    ak-tux Well-Known Member

    15 deg F commute! Now that is cycling passion!

    Charles, Cycling at 15 deg F ((-9.4 C)) to work!!! Well, in Africa, Nairobi Kenya where I live, if that were to happen, we would all fall ill and stay at home!
  14. Eric Winn

    Eric Winn Zen MBB Master

    Hi Charles, yep, I was

    Hi Charles, yep, I was looking pretty much like that too and put my cold weather top on early in the afternoon as seen in the photo above at the first suggestion of feeling chilled. At one point I had 4 layers on. The chilling was likely related to my nutrition problems too.

    I've been completely comfortable doing 22+ mile workouts in the low 30s in the same gear in sunlight and overcast days but it felt colder in the night. Absolutely breath taking sunset, sunrise, and full moon during the night portion of the race though!

  15. Kenneth Jessett

    Kenneth Jessett Active Member

    Nutrition is as important as

    Nutrition is as important as adequate clothing for races that extend over 24 hours. And one of the difficulties with a combination of cold temperatures and high exertion is sweating which could lead to chills. Practice helps but encasing oneself in cycling jackets that don't breathe (and none do) is the build up of moisture leading to lowered temperatures on the skin. A base layer helps but if you are one of those people who sweats a lot there is almost nothing that really helps if the ambient temperatures drop. Changing clothes will help of course, but getting used to riding cold to start knowing you will warm up quickly may be the best solution.

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  16. Charles.Plager

    Charles.Plager Recumbent Quant

    Hi Eric,
    I can easily see how

    Hi Eric,

    I can easily see how poor nutrition could sink somebody. Heck, I have problems sitting in front of a computer for 10 hours/day if I don't eat right. Ken's comment about breathing clothes is right on. On my commute, I go from creaking up big hills at ~ 4-5 mph and zooming down them at 30 mph. That means that I've built up a lot of sweat that stays inside (the yellow jacket in the picture above is horrible in that respect). Dealing with that over very long periods of time would definitely be problematic (and, yes, Ken's suggestion of starting off a bit cold is pretty much necessary).

    If I had 250 miles in 24 hours, I'd call that a success. 250 miles with 15 hours of riding time is fantastic for a human (I've previously expressed opinion that certain people who ride certain bikes ridiculous distances in given times are actually (very) friendly visitors from other planets :D).

  17. mgraham

    mgraham Member


    I have little/no experience in ultra-cycling, but I've been hiking nearly everywhere east of the Mississippi and my solution to the sweating/chills problem (and I'm a sweaty athlete) is wool.

    It's old school, but wool retains heat even as it gets wet. I've found that using a wool base layer while hiking in truly frigid conditions is much more manageable than synthetic materials. (Cotton of course is an automatic NO.)
  18. Eric Winn

    Eric Winn Zen MBB Master

    Yup, I use Under Armor Winter

    Yup, I use Under Armor Winter thingamabobs, they wick sweat away great while retaining significant warmth. Otherwise all of my bike stuff is wicking except for a bright fluorescent yellow/greenish jacket that I typically only wear for shorter riding in cool to cold high winds. Usually peel it after I get started and put it away. First time I've had problem with nutrition so perhaps a one-time fluke or over-exhuberant first 100 miles or the edge of some bug - who knows.

    I should probably get some different bike shoes for cold weather. I just use two pairs of wool socks with my Ragster sandals. Hasn't been a problem at these temps before. Or maybe some booties to wear over them or both.

    Normally I run hot anyway and very quickly warm up once I start and tend to overheat rather than chill.

  19. KiwiGuy

    KiwiGuy Well-Known Member

    Congratulations to both Maria and Eric

    Outstanding ride by Maria. Well done!

    And a very impressive ride by Eric. My hat is off to you mate! Strong century time to kick off the ride.

    Quick question Eric. You look to have a well sorted aero seat bag on your Vendetta. My brain is hurting from trying to figure out an effective, light-weight approach. Looks like you've got it sorted it.

    Are you willing to share the details of your design??

    Kind regards...
  20. Vargas

    Vargas Well-Known Member

    Eric, congratulations!!!!!

    Can't imagine how fast you would do it under our nice weather and powered by some Caipirinhas...

    In case you decide to give a try, this is our calendar for 2014:

    16/03 - Audax 200 Rio das Ostras
    13/04 - Audax 200 Niterói x Saquerema
    18/04 - Fleche
    04/05 - Audax 200 Volta Redonda x Resende
    20/07 - Audax 200 Urbano Rio de Janeiro
    02/08 - Audax 300 Rio das Ostras
    23/08 - Audax 400 Rio das Ostras
    26/09- Audax 600 Rio das Ostras

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