After 2 months of respectable training I have determined that my knees are not, and maybe never will be, ready to churn out 100 miles in one ride. I have decided that it is best to succeed at something that is possible rather than fail at something that maybe never was. My ALS ride, instead of 100 miles with 3900 feet of climbing, will be 50 miles with 2400 feet of climbing.
So this 61 percenter ride is now a 122 percenter and will be more relaxed and social than I had originally envisioned. I will still be riding at my pace of 12-15 mph but if you're slower I'll wait for you at turns and if you're faster you can take off ahead of me with impunity but you're on your own if we turn and you don't. It is still an intermediate level ride and you should be confident you can do the 61 miles at my pace before you sign up. But all the crap about everyone being on his or her own is out the window as of now.
The old stuff:
This ride is one of my last training rides before the ALS Century.
It is 61 miles long with just 1800 feet of climbing.
Here is the route (PRINT it out for yourself, please):
This ride is for solid intermediate riders and above. Because it is a training ride for me I will be taking it at my pace regardless of what others are capable of or may want to do. I will be riding as hard as I can without using up all my energy before the finish. I'm not chatty on rides for the most part, anyway, and on longer, more difficult rides I'm even less so. I'm not being rude. I'm just concentrating.
As you might be able to tell, this is not a social ride where we wait for everyone at the turns and at the tops of hills. At least not for me. Everyone will be on his and her own on this ride. If someone gets a flat or needs to stop for anything, I will keep riding (well, unless the person is bleeding or something :) If you can't keep up, make sure you print out the cue sheet so you can find your way. If you're faster than I and want to take off on your own, no prob. For those who ride my pace, we'll be riding around 13-15 mph on the flats, slower on hills. I will stop for water, snacks and a 10 minute break every 20 miles or so--just as they do on a Century.
Since I am not technically "leading" this ride (when I do that I mother-hen every rider, and ain't gonna do that on this one) I'm not putting a limit on the number of riders who may sign up. The more the merrier. Just remember, every rider is on his or her own, just like on a Century. Find someone going your pace and have some fun.
If these arbitrary, capricious and admittedly selfish conditions aren't a problem for you and you'd like to do these 61 miles with me on Sunday, then come on DOWNah!
8:45 meet and greet. 9:00 wheels roll.
The starting point is a church. Probably not a good idea to park in their lot on a Sunday. Find a place in the neighborhood that looks secure.