Ever done the Dairyland Dare?
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    Ever done the Dairyland Dare?

    What was it like? I'm thinking of doing it. Would be my first long ride event. www.dairylanddare.com

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    Great Ride

    I can recommend the ride. I did it last year, though only did 100 miles as the signage was a little ambiguous and the group I was riding with got off track. I got an email from the organizers promising that they'd do better this year with the signs.

    Some of the hills are murderously steep, but none are all that long. I'm no beast, and I did fine with a 39x27 set up.

    I'm planning to do it again this year, and this year I'll ride the full 200k. 300k seems a little insane to me, but I did see people making the attempt.

    Good luck.

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    Thanks kg. I am really looking forward to this ride. My current setup goes to 38x28. I'll just need to decide whether to keep it that way or rebuild it as a triple.

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    I did both the Dairyland 200K and Wright Stuff Century (another great ride) last year, and I gotta tell you my 6'4"/240 lb frame was very thankful for the "granny gears"...

    Don't fool yourself if you're not (like me) a great climber - It's tough! But a friggin beautiful ride.

    Check out the Wright Stuff Century hosted by Bombay Bicycle Club - http://www.bombaybicycle.org/ a great later season ride.

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    It's official - I've registered for the Dairyland Dare 100K. Very excited about this - my first organized event of this kind.

    I'm one of those retro/vintage guys and my bike is a 1970s lugged steel job. I have a perverse desire to keep it old school and ride the event with my downtube friction shifters, tubulars, toe clips, and no computer.

    Still on the fence about sticking with my current gearing (52/38, 14-28) or adding a granny ring in front (which would also require a change of FD). I think I'm a decent climber, not sure really, but I tend to be a masher not a spinner, and it may help that I only weigh 145lbs. Before the event I'll do some hilly rides and see how I feel.

    I would love to do the Wright Stuff Century, but not an option - Sept. 2 is my son's birthday. Maybe another year.

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    I'm defiantly doing the Wright Stuff, and mabey the Dairyland. I haven't decided on which distance yet though. I'll probably be the only other person on a Sekai, a light blueish 4000. hope to see you there.

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    +1 see you there. I noticed a light blueish Sekai parked under a tree at downtown Madison farmers market a few weeks back. Was that yours? There aren't that many Sekai's around, when you own one you tend to notice them. Though mine is not obvious, it's repainted with no decals.

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    Yeah that was probably mine. I live only 1-2 miles from the square so I'm at the farmers market almost every Saturday. I don't normally ride the Sekai due to clipless pedals and the amount of walking you do at the farmers market, but I have a couple times and my bro rides it a lot too. When I build wheels for my singlespeed I'll stop using it for commuting, it deserves better.

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    Small world ... or small town. My wife is from Madison originally (I am not) and she does not like it when I call Madison a small town. It isn't really but sometimes/in some ways it feels like it is.

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    I'm signed up for the DLD 200k. I did the HHH two years ago and thought I was going to die at 70mi. I wasn't used the the steepness of the hills in that area. I have more training to do before I'm going to be ready.

    brewster

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