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I'm all signed up and can't wait... who else is in??? Let the training begin....
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Signed up for the full relay right now. Our biker might need surgery now though, so when we have a date for the procedure, and if hes not able to compete, I may consider switching to the half if that's possible. I think it's a great addition to the event!

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2013-11-01 11:08 PM
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I'm still on the fence as to whether I'll participate in the full course, half or relay (bike). I'm getting a lot of pressure to take the leap on the full course but I'm not sure I'm willing to commit to the time I'd need to put into the training.

I'd like to do the half or the relay. I biked the relay this year and had a lot of fun but I had some bike fit issues that caused me a lot of pain and slowed me down so I'd like another shot at the bike and I really love the bike course.

Recently, I've been planning to do the Victoria half in June and the Calgary half in July so I think a third half in August might be more realistic than a full distance.

So, I'll definitely be there just not sure for which (yet).
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Anyone done this event?
How was it? I overheard someone talking about the road surface on the bike route, saying it was very rough... Comments??

Hope everyone is having a great summer so far

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2015-07-01 10:12 PM
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Last time I rode on McLean Creak Rd, it was pretty rough, ( 2013 ) the rest of it wasn't too bad. I've only rode the full distance bike course, not the half one, so where it deviates onto willowbrook and white lake, I haven't road yet.

I'm thinking of doing the half this year to finish the season, and if so I might go ride the course in a week and a half to see what the road conditions are like. It's in my backyard which makes it easy :p
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2015-07-01 11:21 PM
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I've ridden both the full and half Challenge bike routes.  The first time I road through Willowbrook the road was incredibly rough but last year it seemed not nearly as bad.  Maybe I'm just more experienced.

McLean Crk Rd is still rough but if you ride up it a few times it does get easier.  From the start of the ride to the Fairview Rd turn in Oliver it is fairly fast (proportionately more downhill).  Once on the Fairview Rd to Willowbrook it is fairly rough and lots of climbing.  I'm a slow cyclist but I can ride through there at a fairly decent/slow pace.  Just push through it.  When I crest the last climb to the White Lake valley I begin to get excited.  The road is in better condition and once you reach the Observatory you've only got 7 short km to the highway and the fast ride down the Kaleden hill and back to Penticton.

If I recall correctly there are two cattleguards to cross.  Kind of jarring but I've never lost a waterbottle yet.  

Having written this I'm thinking I should ride it sometime soon myself.  I've got ChelanMan Half in two weeks (18th) so won't be for a while.

Quigley - I can't shake the idea that I may have met you back in 2013 while we were training for Challenge.  It would have been at the Osoyoos Visitor Centre (just before the turn up to Richter).  My wife was driving as a Sherpa and we talked briefly in the parking area.

 

 

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2015-07-02 1:54 AM
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It's totally possible! I did most of my rides in that area in 2012 and 2013!

Every once in a while I will bike from Kelowna to Penticton, ride the full distance course, then ride home.

Makes for a good double century day!
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2015-07-02 12:18 PM
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Originally posted by dfquigley

It's totally possible! I did most of my rides in that area in 2012 and 2013!

Every once in a while I will bike from Kelowna to Penticton, ride the full distance course, then ride home.

Makes for a good double century day!


you are a beast!!

How has the training been going ? I have been working the bike hard and i'm starting to see it in races!
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2015-07-02 12:37 PM
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Training has been going pretty good, but not getting in the bike mileage I've wanted! One of my favourite rides a couple years back was riding from kelowna, up the coquihalla, and down into Merritt, then turning around and going back, but I haven't even gone up to Pennask summit yet this year. Gotta do that soon!

Just picked up a new wheelset, busted out a couple 10 mile time trials on the weekly Old Vernon road TT in kelowna, a slightly undulating course. 145 m of elevation gain total, averaged 41.2 km/h Awesome for me! https://www.strava.com/activities/331716651/segments/7859101290

Also did a 5k with the kids a few weeks back, and managed a 21:31, and I'm pretty sure I could beat that now ( last night I averaged a 4:09 km for 3 kms )

Missed out on the Vernon Kal-rats triathlon I was thinking of doing.

Midsummer 8k this weekend though! Should be fun! Getting prepped for a HM in 3 1/2 weeks too!

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