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    Houston Death Ride

    Wanted to test out my Contour roam helmet cam for a trip to Colorado next month and didn't want to wait till the weekend to hit some mt bike riding so I took it along on our weekly Tuesday/Thursday ride outta Memorial Park at 6pm Aka "The Death Ride"

    I know I know it's boring to watch roadie videos but these are a a pretty good tempo and give you an idea of what the Tue/Thur rides are about.









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    I sense a little angst in your videos. A little weird coming from someone with Hello Kitty as a name lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by jmorgan View Post
    I sense a little angst in your videos.
    It's more like desperation as I try and keep up with the group.

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    What kind of speeds are you averaging?

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    Quote Originally Posted by madferrett View Post
    What kind of speeds are you averaging?
    Here is my Garmin data from the last Thursdays ride the one that the video syncs up with.

    Untitled by wmoritz1 at Garmin Connect - Details

    Distance: 32.13 mi
    Time: 2:05:51
    Avg Speed: 15.3 mph
    Elevation Gain: 551 ft
    Calories: 1,070 C
    Avg Temperature: 96.9 F

    Time: 2:05:51
    Moving Time: 1:51:19
    Elapsed Time: 2:05:51
    Avg Speed: 15.3 mph
    Avg Moving Speed: 17.3 mph
    Max Speed: 36.5 mph

    The average speeds and such are janky because I forgot to stop the timer when I got dropped going over the viaduct leading into downtown on the second lap so the averages are skewed while I tooled around riding back home and I started my timer while doing a few loops around the fruit loop at MP before the ride.

    I'd have to say average going down Allen Parkway 27mph+ for pack fill like myself the hammer head guys at the front 30+ the highest max speed I've ever seen on my Garmin was 41mph going down Allen Parkway heading west however this was a while back and they were killing it that day it shattered the group badly.

    The group started out big but 1/3 do one lap and catch the West End 6:30 ride downtown and others either peel off after one lap or get dropped so only a handful finish back at MP.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jmorgan View Post
    I sense a little angst in your videos. A little weird coming from someone with Hello Kitty as a name lol
    Probably has something to do with the fact that his wife dropped him several times during the course of that ride.
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    Hey, I recognized those people!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ms6073 View Post
    Probably has something to do with the fact that his wife dropped him several times during the course of that ride.

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    For the Death Ride proper, you probably averaged closer to what I got. I averaged 18mph with a max of 35.6 coming out of downtown the before the last lap. I got dropped on the viaduct on the last lap, caught up at the lights in downtown, got dropped again on Allen Parkway near Montrose heading back towards MP, flaming out around 34mph. I couldn't keep up with Mrs. Hello Kitty (several of us couldn't!)

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    oops.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hello Kitty View Post
    There may not be an 'I' in team but there is a 'U' in suck!
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    That's cool! I may just go buy one and catch possible evidence if I get run over. Or catch cyclists not obeying traffic rules.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Super_6_3 View Post
    Or catch cyclists not obeying traffic rules.
    Well dont forget to buy the highest capacity flash memory card that thing can handle.
    There may not be an 'I' in team but there is a 'U' in suck!
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    I'll be joining this ride next week. I wanna see how the city riders do it. Should be fun

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    wow that brings back memories. not of cycling, but going to medical school at UT Houston 15 years ago. lots of familiar sights in those videos

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    Houston Death Ride

    How is the ride?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Merc View Post
    How is the ride?
    It's starts and ends with daylight savings time.

    Therefore the first one was this Tuesday.

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    So DR starts at 6 and WE at 6:30? Where is the starting location now? I heard it moved from the shop.

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    The 6pm ride that leaves from the fruit loop is still the "death ride" as it's always been the now defunct "west end" ride leaves at 6:30 some folks roll out from the fruit loop some leave from the memorial park swimming pool parking lot.

    However don't mark my words as we just do the death ride to avoid the JV squad that seems to populate the 6:30 ride. There is a group that leaves with the 6pm group that hooks up with the 6:30 bunch downtown we lose 1/4 to 1/2 of the 6pm ride on a regular basis as they meet up with the folks that leave at 6:30 from wherever.

    Ride with who you feel comfortable with the pace on the death ride is fast and punchy so put your big boy pants on and from what I recall about the west end ride was a lot of attacks and surges and more yahoos.

    Im giving my legs rest day after the castell grind this weekend so I'll only be at Thursday's death ride tho'

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