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Festive 500

24 December 2016

Event Report: 24–31 December 2016

This was my third year participating in this annual challenge to bicycle 500km between Christmas & New Year, organized by Rapha & Strava.

2016

This was supposed to be a restful holiday, spending it locally at home near Boston, going out for day activities with family & friends.

As we got closer, with favorable weather forecast, I could not help joining Festive 500 challenge, especially to burn all the holiday food. Ride Studio Café again ran a series of rides throughout the week.

Rides started early in the morning so I can join family activities:

Christmas morning was near the tree opening presents, where baba scored highest number of gifts:

Cold temperatures outside sent us to the warm beach of CoCo Key water park for many races down the slides & relaxed river runs:

Most of the day was at Harvard Square, starting with lunch at Kaju Tofu House & visit to Harvard Art Museums:

Today was a long busy route to Ride Headquarters for quick lunch before meeting family at Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary to visit nature center & hike trails:

Thursday was perfect to take off because of rain, snow, & ice. Which made for a dangerous early start on Friday morning while side streets were still covered with ice. That mostly disappeared a couple of hours later under the sun. Still, by the end of the day, everything needed a wash from salt & grit:

Log of all rides:

Day Service Log
Saturday 24 December 2016 7:02 Christmas Eve
  • Map: download GPX data
  • Distance: 55.4km
  • Speed: 23.04km/h
  • Duration: 2h:24m:18s
  • Ascent: 351m
  • Calories: 1,013
  • Temperature: 0ºC
  • Sunday 15:05 Christmas gifts
  • Map
  • Distance: 48.3
  • Speed: 24.00
  • Duration: 2:00:44
  • Ascent: 266
  • Calories: 881
  • Temperature: -1
  • Monday 8:36 CoCo Key water park
  • Map
  • Distance: 76.1
  • Speed: 22.50
  • Duration: 3:22:57
  • Ascent: 570
  • Calories: 1,534
  • Temperature: -2
  • Tuesday 8:37 Harvard Square
  • Map
  • Distance: 70.0
  • Speed: 25.30
  • Duration: 2:45:59
  • Ascent: 480
  • Calories: 1,437
  • Temperature: 10
  • Wednesday 8:35 Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Map
  • Distance: 81.6
  • Speed: 21.87
  • Duration: 3:43:53
  • Ascent: 717
  • Calories: 1,584
  • Temperature: 1
  • Friday 7:38 Snowflake century
  • Map
  • Distance: 170.7
  • Speed: 18.79
  • Duration: 9:04:56
  • Ascent: 1,419
  • Calories: 3,340
  • Temperature: 0
  • Total

  • Distance: 502.1
  • Speed: 21.48
  • Duration: 23:22:47
  • Ascent: 3,803
  • Calories: 9,789
  • Temperature: 1.0
  • 2015

    No Festive 500 this year. We were in San Francisco, during sunny weather, & near popular bicycle roads. Yet the busy schedule did not permit extended rides.

    2014

    This was getting addictive to ride the Festive 500 every year, especially when we are staying near Ride Studio Café. I joined most of the rides.

    Completing the challenge is sufficient reward. The Café added a beautiful bonus classic Rapha jersey in blue with Festive 500 & RSC embroidery:

    Here are the rides in six days.

    Christmas Eve started on a route to Stowe in wet & cold conditions to warm up for the event:

    Which it certainly did warm up the next day in sunny weather & 5ºC:

    But I was still not ready for the full snowflake century, although I do manage to complete it later in 2016 Festive 500:

    Today was a chance to enjoy last ride in temperature above freezing:

    Temperatures plummeted today to -4ºC, making for a very cold ride. Half way, we found a small Italian-front restaurant, warm, & serves cannoli.

    Most of the faces were becoming familiar, riding daily from the same spot on the same route daily for most of the week:

    Log of all rides:

    Day Service Log
    Wednesday 24 December 2014 8:07 Stowe
  • Map: download GPX data
  • Distance: 70.1km
  • Speed: 26.74km/h
  • Duration: 2h:37m:16s
  • Ascent: 414m
  • Calories: 1,499
  • Temperature: 1ºC
  • Friday 9:08 Essex
  • Map
  • Distance: 102.8
  • Speed: 23.73
  • Duration: 4:19:58
  • Ascent: 636
  • Calories: 2,121
  • Temperature: 5
  • Sunday 8:06 Partial Snowflake Century
  • Map
  • Distance: 104.3
  • Speed: 21.46
  • Duration: 4:51:38
  • Ascent: 750
  • Calories: 2,067
  • Temperature: 5
  • Monday 9:06 Reading
  • Map
  • Distance: 86.5
  • Speed: 23.67
  • Duration: 3:39:17
  • Ascent: 496
  • Calories: 1,849
  • Temperature: 1
  • Tuesday 9:09 Cold day to Blue Hills Reservation
  • Map
  • Distance: 95.4
  • Speed: 20.39
  • Duration: 4:40:45
  • Ascent: 685
  • Calories: 1,967
  • Temperature: -4
  • Wednesday 9:11 Weston
  • Map
  • Distance: 44.6
  • Speed: 23.78
  • Duration: 1:52:32
  • Ascent: 426
  • Calories: 971
  • Temperature: -5
  • Total

  • Distance: 503.7
  • Speed: 22.87
  • Duration: 22:01:26
  • Ascent: 3,407
  • Calories: 10,474
  • Temperature: 1.1
  • 2013

    First time to participate. Details about this week included in prior post. This was during a family road trip to Washington.

    Log of all rides:

    Day Service Log
    Tuesday 24 December 2013 7:59 Valley Forge National Park
  • Map: download GPX data
  • Distance: 84.2km
  • Speed: 22.74km/h
  • Time: 3h:42m:07s
  • Ascent: 767m
  • Temperature: 0ºC
  • Wednesday 9:09 Washington’s neighborhoods
  • Map
  • Distance: 63.1
  • Speed: 19.94
  • Time: 3:09:53
  • Ascent: 425
  • Temperature: -3
  • Thursday 7:50 C&O Canal trail in Great Falls National Park
  • Map
  • Distance: 85.8
  • Speed: 19.27
  • Time: 4:27:11
  • Ascent: 792
  • Temperature: -1
  • Friday 7:26 Sunrise along Potomac
  • Map
  • Distance: 43.5
  • Speed: 22.22
  • Time: 1:57:29
  • Ascent: 295
  • Temperature: -2
  • Saturday 7:38 Mount Vernon trail
  • Map
  • Distance: 70.7
  • Speed:
  • Time: 2:54:08
  • Ascent: 360
  • Temperature: 1
  • Saturday 22:17 Late night laps in East Potomac Park
  • Map
  • Distance: 50.3
  • Speed:
  • Time: 1:58:48
  • Ascent: 92
  • Temperature: 4
  • Monday 9:13 Ride Studio Café
  • Map
  • Distance: 109.5
  • Speed:
  • Time: 4:48:19
  • Ascent: 1,034
  • Temperature: 1
  • Total

  • Distance: 507.1
  • Speed: 22.08
  • Time: 22:57:55
  • Ascent: 3,765
  • Temperature: -0.1
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