Just finished the STP (204 miles in one day)

By reeset / On / In Cycling

Its late, actually early (Sunday morning) — but I just got back today from doing the STP.  204 miles of cycling fun taking you from Seattle to Portland.  Lots of fun — me and my closest 9000 friends pack the streets of Seatle till you are able to create some space (by riding faster than the other riders).  Its  a great ride.  There is a one day and a two day option.  Most of the 9000 rides will do the ride over 2 days but I’ve never ridden 200 miles in a day and I wanted to see if I could do it.  We left this morning at 5 AM and over the next 14 1/2 hours made our way down to Portland.  The first 100 we, I should probably say who the we was — Kyle Banerjee and Brian Miyagishima — rode in about 5 1/2 hours, which by the way, is the fastest I think I’ve ever done a century.  We slowed down a bit on the second hour (9 hours) — but everyone started to get tired and the ride through Portland was slow as you ran into other rides, making it so that the last 10 miles was done at ~8 miles an hour.  But lots of fun.  The ride hires a photographer, so there will soon be lots of pictures posted.  When I get them, I’ll link to a few from my blog.  However, at the end of the ride, the city of Portland throws a big party and they give you a ribbon that identifiers you as a 1 day STP manic.  Mines attached.
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It was fun, exciting and to be honest, I’m a little surprised at how easy it was to ride 200 miles.  I figure I probably could have put on another 40-60 before bonking out — and that’s good to know.  🙂
 

 

–Terry

One thought on “Just finished the STP (204 miles in one day)

  1. That sounds like a fun but tough ride. Portland is a great town though, I haven’t been there in years. I remember how friendly everyone was, and how much partying was going on. I will try to check it out next year.