Weekly Sunday Bike Ride with the Vertical Swimmer

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    2023 Edition of the Sunday Bike Ride with the Vertical Swimmer:

    The 16th year edition of the Sunday Bike Ride with the Vertical Swimmer commences Sunday, May 21, 2023. Meeting spot is GTown … Wisconsin and M Street, in the bank’s parking lot. Drop me an email (number55555 at yahoo dot com) if you are interested in joining. All paces are welcome. The ride will clip at 7 AM, sharp. Show up at 7:01 and you’ll be alone. Outside of a lightning storm, we will ride every Sunday regardless of weather.

    Here are the things to know about the ride.

    1. It’s a drop ride. Don’t expect that anyone will wait for you or to wait for anyone, so bring a friend. All skills, paces, and abilities are highly encouraged to come. The goal is to have enough pace groups out there so that no one has to ride alone. We have folks of various abilities so natural paces and group will form. We all start together and let paces organically build as the ride progresses.

    2. I will send out cue sheets every week. You can ride the entire distance or turn back early. That’s your call. We get folks of all levels out there, so don’t be shy or intimidated to come out. A lot of people do not ride the entire distance.

    3. Road bikes, Tri bikes, unicycles, and unicorns are welcome

    4. Typical pace varies from week to week, depending on who shows up. The biggest group will be people who ride around my pace. If you can hold a 19-20 mph pace at the IM distance, you will have people to ride with every week. We won’t be averaging that pace for the entire ride … mostly because the hills out in the boonies are wicked. Expect extremely slow speed around the hills and a little bit more spectacular on the flats. We typically average around 18, if not a bit slower. Again, depending on who shows up.

    5. Expect the group size to be quite small. Not everyone is crazy enough to log the kind of mileages we log on Sundays after Sundays after Sundays.

    6. We still stop at predetermined gas stations, as dictated in the cue sheet, to reload on fluid and nutrition. Bring money and a selfie stick to document the rest stops.

    7.  We welcome everyone, especially those that can’t swim.  If you swim like a fish and we find out about it, we will pee on our bikes while you are drafting off of us.


    May 21
    60 miles

    May 28
    70 miles

    June 04
    80 miles

    June 11
    89 miles

    June 18
    100 miles

    June 25
    80 miles

    July 02
    89 miles

    July 09
    100 miles

    Jul 16
    80 miles

    Jul 23
    89 miles

    Jul 30
    89 miles

    Aug 6
    100 Miles

    Aug 13
    Ironman Vietnam – 0.0 mile swim, 26.2 m run, and 117 miles on the bike. If it was easy, they’d call it Ironman Cambodia.

    Aug 20
    80 miles

    Aug 27
    70 miles


    number55555 at yahoo dot com

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