CHANGE: Second Saturday Century Series, Ride #5: Jennifer's "West Loop Ride"

This year we will be hosting Century Rides on the Second Saturday of every month from May to October. This will be an opportunity for experienced riders to get in some miles, see some scenery, or simply do that century ride they’ve always wanted to do.


Important! These rides are intended for experienced riders only, and will NOT include SAG support (unless mentioned elsewhere). Naturally we will watch-out for one another (flat tires, etc.), but all riders will be expected to be self-sufficient (food, water, tubes/patch kit, tools, money, etc.), as well as have an adequate back-up plan in case they should need to SAG out. Although you will be able to ride your own pace, riders should understand that extended delays and/or frequent stops by one are unfair to the rest of the group, and those that cannot keep a reasonable pace, or experience problems that are beyond our ability to fix quickly, will be asked to SAG out, otherwise you could compromise the safety of all the riders.


With regards to weather, the plan for these rides is simple: Should there be a “rain delay” on the scheduled day of the ride, the same ride will automatically be rescheduled for the following weekend (3rd Saturday). Should it rain on that weekend as well, the ride will be canceled entirely.


Having said that, I would like to introduce the first ride of the "Second Saturday Century Series" which will be based out of Elm Creek Park, and which will cover parts of the NW and western suburbs, as well as part of the Metro area. The entire route may be seen here:

http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/136835067

Several of you will recognize this ride as the same one we did last fall, but this time I will have predetermined stopping points located every 20 miles or so in order to eliminate confusion.


This can be a long day; hence I am starting this ride at 7:00 AM, so please allow adequate time to prepare yourself and your bike. If everyone is there early, I'd like to start by 6:45 AM.  It might be hot and muggy, which will affect performance greatly. With regards to speed, the idea is to ride (and finish!) together, as a group, and not treat this like a race. I will try to keep an average (flat) pace of somewhere around 14-18 MPH, but of course we’ll go slower uphill, and faster downhill! 


I will hand-out a detailed map of the route at the beginning of the ride that will also show the stopping points, and I will try to limit all stops to no more than 20 minutes so that we can complete the entire ride during the daylight hours. However, it would behoove you to have appropriate night-lights for your bike should the ride finish after dark. This is a serious safety issue, so please consider all environmental impacts.


Please look for me/my blue Honda CRV at the NW corner of the chalet parking lot.


As always, please bring your safety gear (helmet, gloves, etc.), appropriate clothing, hydration, and a positive attitude!


And "just in case", my cell number is[masked]-1441.


Thanks.


Jennifer

 

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  • Jim K.

    A very warm and heartfelt "Congratulations!" to Goran for completing his first Century!

    2 · September 14, 2013

    • Goran

      Thank you. Great ride everyone.

      September 14, 2013

    • TB

      It was a very fun ride. Looking forward to riding with all of you again. Michael, next time the bananas are on you. And congratulations Goran.

      1 · September 15, 2013

  • Ken B.

    A great century ride. Highlight = show-off teen flying off road into bushes.

    September 14, 2013

  • Ken B.

    Ugh, I am not a runner and ran a 5K race tonight. No real training. My legs are super sore. We'll see how I hold out tomorrow!

    September 13, 2013

    • Jim K.

      No problem, Ken! You can "sweep" with me, in the back....

      September 14, 2013

  • Lisa

    I grew up around the Wobegon Trail area so if you need any assistance let me know. I would love to help out any way I can. Happy riding!

    February 6, 2013

    • Jennifer

      Thanks Lisa! Can you send me your phone number? 319.331.1441. :)

      September 13, 2013

    • Lisa

      done

      September 13, 2013

  • paul l

    I am attending All British Cycling Event on this Saturday and cannot ride with the group. However, Andrew would like to ride, I just wonder whether anybody can give him a ride home or drop him off somewhere 5 to 10 miles to the Depot?

    September 13, 2013

    • Goran

      I could take him home after the ride.

      September 13, 2013

    • Jennifer

      Excellent!

      September 13, 2013

  • Joy

    I am going to start with the group, but then take off and bike home from Medicine lake. Hope that is not a problem!

    September 12, 2013

    • Jennifer

      Not a problem. :)

      September 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry I did not read the time, I don't even get up that early

    September 1, 2013

    • Jennifer

      You are missing the best part of the day!!

      September 13, 2013

  • Jim K.

    The weather looks to be a bit chilly Saturday morning, so I'm trying to arrange for some sort of clothing drop-off at the first stop in Maple Plain. So far I've come-up empty (no one is around to SAG this for me), but I'll come up with something.

    September 12, 2013

    • Jim K.

      Jennifer, please see above. I'll shoot you an email from work as well so we can discuss today (possibly).

      September 13, 2013

    • Jennifer

      Looks like rain Saturday afternoon. I suggest sticking w/ the original plan.

      September 13, 2013

  • Jim K.

    To all riders (and potential riders): Don't be afraid to "layer-up" in the morning! I've arranged for a "clothing drop" at the first rest stop (mile 22 or so, if memory serves), and I'll send out an email to the attendees tonight with more details. (Jennifer, I'll shoot you an email right away)

    September 13, 2013

  • paul l

    I might go to the All British Cycling Event on that day.

    August 25, 2013

  • Jennifer

    I'll post details once I get to a computer & not just a phone :)

    August 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Moving to Chicago.

    June 7, 2013

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