Trans-Iowa Race. 300+ miles of dirt. Late April 2014.
|Does the a peloton work the same on dirt?|
|Looks a little soft. Maybe this is harder than the average triple century!|
Allegheny Passage to C&O Canal. 335 miles of flat dirt from Pittsburgh to DC.
|Makes me want to ride just looking at it.|
|Made for bikes.|
|I'm envious of this nicely-loaded rig, somewhere on the C&O Canal Trail.|
|A not atypical scene on the C&O Canal Trail.|
|The C&O Canal Trail (DC to Cumberland, MD)|
"The trail goes "thru the mountains, not over them as the GAP Trail goes thru three tunnels, the longest of which is the Big Savage Tunnel at 3,300 feet long (that's almost 2/3 of a mile long, but it is lighted)."
|Yes, that does look pretty sweet.|
|Mile 60 Bridge, C&O Canal|
|Maybe a little hillier per mile than the BWR . . .|
|The road surface, while dirt, is pretty good. 28s could do it, 32s would be no problem. I'd probably choose a road bike.|
|No, this is not a fanciful image (but of course it was taken on an extraordinary weather day).|
Any Super Randonnee. What is a super randonnee? 600K with a 50-hour time limit. To justify the additional 10 hours, it is required to be abominably hard. None of this mamby-pamby 20K feet of climbing stuff. A super must have 10K meters -- 33K feet -- of elevation gain over 600K. Basically 100 feet per mile the entire way.
Here's a Jan Heine blog post from this summer about checking out his Volcano High Pass Super Randonnee route. I recognize some of that pavement through Mt. Ranier National Park from RAMROD, which Sam and I rode in 2010. Here's the map of the Volcano High Pass route. Big upside: could catch a few hours of shut-eye at Sam's property at one of the turn-arounds.
There are two Super Randonnees approved in the US. No surprise they are both in hard-man country. In addition to Heine's, Michael Wolfe from Oregon has the Six Passes SR. Sam has a good trip report from that check-out ride, if by good one means "that sounds like Mountains of Misery x 3."
Keep an eye out for Volume II (and help me out in the comments, please!).