Who has ridden 250 + miles in a day?
On the ride. Start slow and speed up through the day. Eat regularily even if you're not hungry. Have an exit strategy. Who's going to be your back up team?
I did a [one day] 160-mile charity ride and the guy I was riding with had their rear cassette explode off the freehub. Still don't know how it happened but 25-miles from the nearest bike shop it was a long wait for the back up car to arrive.
As for training. Time in the saddle is vital. You'll be there for 14-hours on the day so you better be used to it.
Is it a specific event?Posted 8 years agoTiger6791Subscriber
Done 150 miles in a day on a road bike a few times and after that I've been proper knackered, as in hard work for the last 10 miles. Another 100 miles on top? Can't see that being a good idea.
Lets say for example you average 15mph taking into account lunch / wee stops etc and thats kicking on ie 17-20mph average cycling speed. 250 miles would take you 17ish hours if your fast! If you let your avaerage drop below 11mph (still a reasonable pace) then you won't even do it in 24hrsPosted 8 years ago
Farthest I have been is 140 miles (yesterday). It was run off in a group, and at a fairly steady pace (17mph av). Felt fine afterwards, and could have carried on plenty longer.
It's quite doable, though I woul;d go out of my mind with boredom if doing it by myself.
If you want to get into this, then doing audaxes is your route. A genuine audax starts at 200km, then they tend to come in at 300, 400, 600 and updwards.
It's all about progression. you won't do it straight away, but a steady progression towards your goal is a good idea. And eating. Stopping for a decent lunch is good, as is regular eating of nice food.
Failing that, enter a 12 hour timetrial and see if you can hit 250 in the time….Posted 8 years agotrail_ratMember
ive done it yep , also 300kms and 4000m climbing and 280k fixed wheel (with a shit load less climbing)
audaxers do it all the time – i do have ambitions to become a "super randoneur" at some point this year – 2-3-4 and 600 audaxes in one year or something like that but its not on the main scheme of things, the 300 , the 280 and i did another 200 last year, I can ride 24 solos so a 600 although will hurt is well within my limit !
just pick a nice route and be prepped for anything to go wrong , have back up routes to get out of it !
by the end of the summer im aiming for the 250 off road through wilderness – not in a day but non stop…… 24-30 hours realisticallyPosted 8 years ago
140 miles yesterday in that cold at 17mph av respect! Where were you riding ourman?
Audax in Cheshire/Shropshire. Event was just over 200km, and the ride to and from the start made it 140 miles for me. Rode it with a small group from my club, so 17 av is pretty steady given the options for sitting in when needed.
In spite of mudguards and mudflaps, the rain and filth on the roads was pretty heavy going. The "after" shot:
Posted 8 years agoepicycloSubscriber
Did it in my youth. With panniers and camping gear.
Was trying to get back from Southampton to Scotland – which was a big motivation 🙂
Didn't feel any ill-effects, got over the border on the second day.
Was using all the summer daylight though, so not that fast.Posted 8 years agovinnyehSubscriber
I've done 120 overnight on the dunwich dynamo a couple of times- that's pretty easy to cruise sub 9 hours at night, on the flat from London to Norwich- a few folks do it both ways, and that should be fairly attainable, plus would give you the benefit of the company of a fair few other riders to while away the time.,Posted 8 years agohigthepigMember
Done just over 200miles in a day on a road bike with a chain gang from Chester to Angelsey and back in my youth. Couldn't imagine trying to do it now, couldn't image having to do it on my own, need others around you to share the work/pain etc. Suggest you start with some circular shorter runs around your home, that way you can bang out and head home if it all gets too much. Hats off to you if you manage it.Posted 8 years agoandrewhMember
Did 214 in a wet and horrible 12 hour road TT, found it much easier than a 6hr MTB race, still going strong at the finish. The step up to 24 was huge though, really struggled at times, fell asleep twice (once on the bike and once not). That was even wetter and more horrible, bit disapointed to only do 316, but looking at the amount of people that DNF'd I don't suppose it was too bad.
Advicce? Eat loads, even when you're not hungry. Work out how much you think you will eat and take double that. Also have bottles at all times, one energy drink and one plain water. Set of dry clothes every 6-7hrs really helps too, even if just socks/gloves/base layer.Posted 8 years ago
Done just over 200miles in a day on a road bike with a chain gang from Chester to Angelsey and back in my youth.
😯 That's proper hard.
Suggest you start with some circular shorter runs around your home, that way you can bang out and head home if it all gets too much.
Though it's not the only reason, when long (12 and 24 hour) time trials are run, the route is often not a big loop or repeated laps of a shorter circuit, but a sort of cloverleaf pattern. this means that the rider retuurns nearby often. Unless your challenge is to go from a-b (and back), you could approach it like this, meaning that if ever does get too much, you are never too far from home or civilisation.Posted 8 years agocrazy-legsSubscriber
I've done 200 in a "day" on the Dunwich Dynamo but that was with rest breaks.
Ride to start (10 miles), do the ride (125 miles through the night), breakfast on the beach, rode to Ipswich station (50 miles), train back to London, rode home (15 miles across London).
It's actually not that bad so long as you've got some company. There were some dull bits, some exciting bits (the sprint for the beach), some bits where it really was stunning (summer sunrise, barnowls flying across the fields), we just relaxed and rode.Posted 8 years ago
Trying to do it on your own would be purgatory though.adey205Member
160 in a day. 9hrs in the saddle 17mph(ish) average.
mansfield to skegness and back just for fun. got there, locals asked what chrarity we were doing it for. nearly fell over when we told them it was just for a laugh, and we were riding back.
bit of a classic fundraiser ride round our wayPosted 8 years agocrazy-legsSubscriber
Find a quiet-ish route from yours out to a beach or country park or somewhere similar. About 120-ish miles away. Make damn sure there's a good cafe there! Ideally a few stations en route as well.Posted 8 years ago
Find some mates who'll ride all or part of the way with you. Take a map/GPS, food, money, water, tools, lights and just start riding, ideally at about 10pm or so. Pootle on out there. DO NOT STOP at the nearest pub for "refreshments", you'll end up staying there! If you can go via a mates house en route that's good too but make sure they kick you out after a coffee!
Get to cafe, have enormous breakfast, rest, swim etc. Turn round and ride home. Most of it is just getting your head round it. If you feel tired just stop and have a qick doze (I slept for an hour on a grass verge half way through my first Dunwich Dynamo).suttsMember
I came third in the 2009 Kent C.A. 12 hour TT with 253 miles (winner did 259). Took a lot of training, good support car on the day and about 3 weeks to fully recover. Sense of achievement afterwards though, and you will find out your own mental/physical limits up to point.Posted 8 years agopistolaMember
Did 200 miles in a day four years ago – Glasgow to Lossiemouth. Wasn't my legs that were the problem, it was my butt from sitting in the saddle for so long. Get a tub of chammy cream and apply liberally. And take it with you. Don't go mad with the pace at the start, esp up the hills, and you'll be fine.Posted 8 years agoSSBontyMember
230 in 24 hours offroad at the CLIC 24 a few years back. Loved every second, one of my best rides ever. Misty sunrise over the Mendips, views to the sea and Wales, bluebells, dusty rocky singletrack, didn't want to finish. Felt fine while still on the bike, could easily have done 240 or 250 in the race if not for faffing with fitting borrowed lights and having no support for 1/2 the event, and could have carried on for a while longer after the 24 (I finished with just less than my fastest lap left before the end, and your last lap doesn't count if you're in after 12 noon). Getting off the bike and packing kit away wasn't too pleasant though!Posted 8 years ago
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