Tuesday, December 27, 2011
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Sunday, May 29, 2011
Saturday, May 28, 2011
Sunday, May 1, 2011
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The ride was a great one. The day was sunny and cool. It was my first 300k and I definately found it challenging but managed to stay focused and centered and just spin away. The first section from Burlington to Lakeside Coffee shop was very windy. Sometimes and I would be working away and only going 10MPH. I made it to the first control with about an hour to spare. After we headed south though, there was a tailwind and in the flats I maintained 17-20 MPH. I made the second control at the mid point of the ride in about 8 1/2 hours. When I turned around I was happy for the time cushion as the headwind kept me more in the 12-14 MPH range. I arrived at the 130 mile mark with 1:45 to spare. During the last leg of the ride I teamed up with Gary and Sarah through the dark and we finished with a little over an hour left. They were great folks who are planning to go to Paris this year. They were riding on their anniversary weekend since they DNF'd the Boston 300k, which was terribly cold and rainy, due to the beginnings of hypothermia.
One of the most challenging things was that I forgot my shoes!! I had to borrow some flat pedals. It was ok since there wasn't much climbing on the re-route but I think I might super glue my shoes to my pedals now.
We had one sections where we rode through a 6" deep puddle where the lake went across the road! One rider got a sliced sidewall which the ol' dollar bill wouldn't remedy but was able to continue on as another rider loaned him a folding tire. Everyone finished except those who did not sleep so the rest of us could ride.
Saturday, April 23, 2011
Monday, April 11, 2011
Sometimes carpentry and rando don’t mix well…
But it was a great ride.
The first Vermont rando event of 2011 was this past Saturday. I had every intention of riding it 1 ½ weeks before it started. Then I got a last minute call for a commercial job…cabinet building and installation. I was tired when the ride began from working 12-14 hour days, and had a long hard day ahead of me on Sunday, as it was the deadline for the install. I figured, hey, I’ll just go and see what happens.
Around mile 30 I realized that if I rode the whole ride I would be shot the next day. So I opted for a shorter (54.3 mile/time 4:16/slow & steady) loop which took me about 5 ½ hours. It was a great ride and although it is not very randoesque, I am proud of myself for making the decision I did because yesterday was a 14 hour slam and we had to work around 4 other crews at the job.
All in all it was a great day. A great group of folks to ride with and a beautiful day.
The Minoura light bracket (fork mounted) held up well.
Nice practical bike that pulled up. Father and daughter.
Cool to see a young kid (12ish) riding a practical bike!