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Rando Richard Welcome to my endurance outdoor blog. This site is about my RANDOnneuring (ultra-distance cycling) and RANDOnnée skiing pursuits, plus some stuff on SUP too (stand-up paddleboarding) and mountaineering.

My pact: Push hard. Endure. Be safe. Be successful. Be exhilarated.

08 June 2011 ~ Comments Off on 2011 Training Notes

2011 Training Notes

April 23— 20 mile solo time trial, MP>Moroni>Chester Loop (about 500 vert. gain). Cross bike and no aerobars. Time: 1:03:57 after a warm up Max HR: 162 Average HR: 140 Time spent in each zone: 87%/13%/0% HR Zones (max set for 165 on Sigma PC15) = Power Zone (100-80%) 165-131, Fitness Zone (80-60%?) 132-115, Health […]

15 May 2011 ~ 1 Comment

2011 Heart of Utah 300K Report

On May the 14th, we held the second in a series of two brevets for the new Randonneurs USA region in the Salt Lake area. This route was a brand new design and not merely a modification of an existing “Permanent” route (click for info on what a Permanent is). I wanted to incorporate a […]

12 May 2011 ~ Comments Off on Leg Length Inequality

Leg Length Inequality

  During the 2010 cycling season, while trying to find the ultimate saddle for cycling, I constantly had chafing issues, but ONLY on my right side, just forward of my sit bone. After reading Pruitt’s Complete Medical Guide for Cyclists about leg length inequality (p. 69), I had my legs measured. I went to a […]

16 April 2011 ~ 2 Comments

2011 Willard Bay & Beyond 200K Brevet Report

This spring has been unseasonably cool with tons of precipitation. Consequently, for many of us, it has been difficult to get many training miles in. The local mountains have a snowpack of 130 to 150% above normal. So I was worried about having our first brevet in weather that was not cycling friendly. I was […]

08 April 2011 ~ 3 Comments

New Kinesis Saddlebags (soon to be called eoGEAR)

For the past three seasons I have been using Detours bags and like putting most of gear in a rear saddle bag. I also sell them on my gear site (Distance Biker). I don’t use a handle bar bags because I typically have clip-on aerobars mounted in the front. One of the things I have […]

07 April 2011 ~ Comments Off on Willard Bay Pre-ride

Willard Bay Pre-ride

On Tuesday, April 5th I did a “pre-ride” of the Willard Bay & Beyond brevet. The purpose is to verify details, insuring that the cue sheet is accurate and that there hasn’t been any last minute construction. Prior to this ride I had a slow leak in my rear tire, which I thought I had […]

06 March 2011 ~ Comments Off on UFO Bowls

UFO Bowls

Rando skiing on March the 5th, 2011 with Jim Knight and his new kid “Bette.” This is on the shoulder or flank of Mt. Timpanogos, just up from Aspen Grove.

04 March 2011 ~ 1 Comment

New Cross Bike

I’ve been looking for a cyclo-cross bike for some time. I found a used one through the local online classifieds. It is a 2010 61cm Cannondale CAAD 8. A “cross” bike is essentially a road bike with more clearance for semi-fat tires. This model features an all aluminum frame with carbon forks and Shimano 105 […]

28 January 2011 ~ Comments Off on Cycling Jacket Review

Cycling Jacket Review

I recently set up a wholesale account with Craft, an apparel company out of Sweden. Aside from their nifty stretchy chamois’ (one, if not the only company with this unique design), I thought I would try their Performance Bike Light Jacket. Bicycling magazine had a decent review on this product a year or so back. […]

28 January 2011 ~ Comments Off on Why Tall Cyclists (like me) Suck On Climbs

Why Tall Cyclists (like me) Suck On Climbs

This confirms why sometimes I get blown away on the climbs by cyclists, usually much shorter than I (I’m 6-4). This all has to do with the fabled power to weight ratio (or strength to weight ratio) for those of us that participate in anti-gravity endurance sports like trail running, mountaineering, cycling and backcountry (rando) […]

16 January 2011 ~ Comments Off on Rando Roulette in Las Vegas

Rando Roulette in Las Vegas

200K ride with Anthony Blauer from Manti. Rando Roulette Permanent in Las Vegas. This route is nice as it goes to the red rocks on the west and down to Lake Mead on the east. This was first time riding this Permanent. It was designed expressively  so I would have a winter route, thus maintaining […]

11 January 2011 ~ 1 Comment

2011 Personal Rando Schedule

2011 Schedule I welcome the company of other riders. Contact me if interested. January and February Most likely I will only be riding 200K Permanents in St George and/or Las Vegas and doing a bunch of rando skiing. February 19th CROWBAR Ski Race (Logan Utah, tentative) March 5th or 12th A PCH 400K brevet (S. […]

06 January 2011 ~ Comments Off on New RUSA P-12 Award

New RUSA P-12 Award

News Flash! Beginning in January of 2011 RUSA announced a new award, called the P-12. It is similar to the R-12 award, where one rides at least one brevet or Permanent a month that is 200km or longer — except this award is for shorter rides instead. The “P” in  P-12 stands for “populaire” which […]

30 August 2010 ~ Comments Off on Desperado Dual

Desperado Dual

Desperado Dual 200 mile ride at Panguitch Utah. August 21st, 2010. My third year in a row attending. I was hoping to break the 12-hour barrier for 200 miles. Last year it took me something like 12 hours and 18 minutes. This year it took longer at 12:28. Rats. Lots of wind on the second […]

03 July 2010 ~ 3 Comments

2010 Cascade 1200K Randonnée (770 miles in 3-1/2 days)

This randonnee starts and finishes in Monroe, a town at the western base of the Cascades, some 40 miles N.E. of Seattle. The route essentially makes a gigantic counter-clockwise loop around Mount Rainer. This 1200km event is sponsored by one of the largest randonneuring groups in the U.S., the Seattle International Randonneurs or S.I.R. (This […]

26 April 2010 ~ 1 Comment

Tombstone 600K Brevet (finally, reaching my goal for a sub-28 hour time!)

Last April, during the Zion 200K brevet, Lonnie “epic” Wolff, my local Utah RBA and rando mentor, introduced me to a site called Cyclos Montagnards. If one completes a brevet series (200, 300, 400 & 600K) within a percentage of the cut off time for each ride, you get listed on their honorary page on […]

30 March 2010 ~ Comments Off on Deseret Peak Ski

Deseret Peak Ski

Deseret Peak is a little known mountain in the west desert or Stansbury mountains of Utah, just southeast of Tooele and Salt Lake City. It is 11,031 feet in elevation. My rando ski friend, Jim Knight was taking a group of UVU students there for a weekend of backcountry or rando skiing on March the […]

07 February 2010 ~ Comments Off on Lions Head

Lions Head

2/6/2010. Rare op to have sleds (snowmobiles) take us to the west shoulder of Provo Peak, saving about 3500′ vertical of climbing. The weather  was lousy with a lot of new precip the night before so the avy potential looked high. Did a couple of laps on Lion’s Head instead

13 July 2009 ~ Comments Off on 2009 Gold Rush 1200K Randonnée

2009 Gold Rush 1200K Randonnée

This event happens every four years and is sponsored by the Davis Bike Club, which is located near Sacramento California. It is an out and back 1200K (750 mile) event with 90 hours allowed to finish (almost four days). The route goes up CA-395 and other less traveled highways and roads to Davis Creek near […]

21 September 2008 ~ Comments Off on 2008 Last Chance Randonnée (part 2)

2008 Last Chance Randonnée (part 2)

Signs and Scenes of Kansas

20 September 2008 ~ Comments Off on 2008 Last Chance Randonnée (part 1)

2008 Last Chance Randonnée (part 1)

Dawn on Day One Introduction All this for just a medal. Earlier in 2008, I started to ride brevets in earnest as this was my first full summer of road cycling. January through May I traveled to Arizona for Susan Plonsky’s carefully planned 200k, 400k & 600k brevets. Later in the spring, I rode on […]