During the night portion of the RBC Challenge ride I
found my Vistalite 420 headlight going dead.
Any suggestions for more longevity out of the ni-cad
(gel?) powered headlight. Many folks where running all
night on the same battery pack (how they do that?).
Currently running the single Vistalite 420 with the 2.5
amp/hour battery which will produce light for about 1.5
hours. Even the 5.0 amp/hour battery is only rated for 3
Any suggestions would be appreciated!
,__o Kurt Ries Canandaigua, NY
The following is our account of the Challenge ride for
those who are really bored at work.
We did the RBC Challenge Ride Saturday and
The Challenge ride is a 24 hour ride starting at 7:00 AM
Saturday and ending 7:00 AM Sunday. There are three
loops, two 25 mile loops and one 12 mile night loop. All
loops return to a central picnic area for food, drink and
Our Challenge this year was a daylight double (my first
double, light or no light). We started riding about 7:30
AM. averaging 17-18 miles an hour for the first 100
miles, sucking on any wheel that happened to pass. Lots
of fast pace lines...YES!
Thanks to the RBC week-end rides I have got in three
Milage Centuries before the CR. 100 miles was a huge
psychological barrier for me. The first three loops I felt
strong, by the fourth I was starting to limp. This may
have something to do with all the cookies I consumed at
50 miles. Several folks have conveyed a similar story of
feeling stronger after breaking though your normal limits,
but I hadn't experienced it until now.
After stocking up on pasta (who ever brought that pasta
in the lite red sauce I owe you one) some strength
returned. The fifth loop went better than the fourth
averaged 16 mph.
I have been using a Camel Back to prevent hydration
problems combined with sport drinks in the water bottles.
This has almost eliminated the headache problems I had
been having on these long hauls.
Eight O'clock already! The hopes of a day light double
faded, but not the double. Found the fresh bread some
kind sole brought in and off for loop six. Hooked up with
the Ottawa folks for well organized fast paceline into the
sunset (does it get better this?).
Pulled in just before twilight, dawned the lights and took
an extended break for the sub and pizza delivery.
Inhaled an assorted sub and several slices of pizza. It
was good to get some substantial food in me since most
of the munchies stuff had been converted from calories
to mileage by then. Suddenly I saw it, under a halve
eaten bag of pretzels an edge of a paper plate within a
zip lock bag...fudge! Yes, pure lard, sugar and caffeine. I
was rejuvenated for the nights action. I owe my last 50
miles to the person who brought in the fudge.
With the extra milage we accumulated during the day
needed four night loops. Away we went into the night a
bug splattering pinpoint of light.
Loop 1 - fast, cool and fun
Loop 2 - ni-cad batteries died no head light
Loop 3 - Headlight running on 4 alkaline
Loop 4 - Head light died
Found when I had returned to the light had 207 miles.
My first double completed.
Thanks to the RBC for another great ride; see ya!