2008 MS Ride - Windsor, CT

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  1. woodsguy

    woodsguy gets infinity MPG

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    I got tired of waiting for IAB to start a thread so here are my photos.

    I joined BadDNA, QuoFan, BigT, IAB, MBC, and others on the 50 mile ride.

    Here is the group with their race faces on (even though it wasn't a race) at the start line.


    Right from the start BadDNA edged his way to the front so I figured I'd follow him. I didn't realize he as going to treat this like a race. The 19mph average pace at the very front of the pack quickly dropped the rest of the group. But we broke off at the first rest stop to wait for the others.

    IAB at the first reststop.


    BadDNA looking very proud of his performance in the first leg.


    MBC rolls in.


    Me (one of the few without a RM jersey. Put me on the list next time you order).


    QuoFan trying to run me over.


    Mark showing off his mtn bike with slicks.


    IAB got a tiny bug in his eye and whined about it for about 5 minutes (wuss) lol.


    BigT. I thought it was funny that we both have C'dale mtn bikes and Bianchi road bikes.


    On the road.




    After the first rest break BadDNA and I tried to slow down a bit but we still got ahead of the group and again waited at the second rest stop. Our average dropped from 18.8mph down to 18mph.

    IAB and MBC at the second rest stop.


    After the second rest stop we said we would slow down but we didn't. We got our average back up to 18.5mph and arrived at the third rest stop. After about 10 minutes we began to wonder what happened to the rest of the group. About 5 minutes later they rolled in. Appantly someone got a flat. I joked that they would have to do really well on the next stages to make up for their time deficit. :)

    Group at the third stop.


    IAB and MBC rolling into the fourth and final rest stop.


    Again, BadDNA and I said we were going to be more social on the last leg but the busy road prevented that. Then when we got back into the country they were nowhere in sight so we charged on. After one of the hills I got ahead of BadDNA but strained my calf passing riders on an uphill so I slowed down. BadDNA caught up at a light and we rode the last 10 miles with me on his wheel. Then in the home streatch I tried to get him into a sprint finish but he didn't want any part of it so I got ahead. I turned in the wrong parking lot though so he won because I had to cut across the grass to the finish line.

    Group after the ride.








    See a few more photos here.

    Also see my gps data here. The flat areas of the graphs are when we were at the rest stops.

    Great time with some great people. This was the first time I touched my road bike since July of last year so I was expecting to be really slow/sore/etc. But I actually felt really great. Being so long off the road bike made really appreciate how fast they are.
     
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  2. Heidi

    Heidi Der hund ist laut und braun

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    Go Team!
     
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  3. MMcG

    MMcG Ride till you puke!

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    Good Times! Damn I need to do more sit ups and work off that gut I've got protruding from my RM jersey.
     
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  4. I Are Baboon

    I Are Baboon Run, Forrest, Run!

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    My frikkin eye was bothering me the entire ride and is still sore today! :shakefist: I must've got hit in the eye with something.

    Good times indeed!
     
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  5. I Are Baboon

    I Are Baboon Run, Forrest, Run!

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    My pics....

    The local news was there! No ridemonkeys were interviewed though. LAME.


    MBC before the ride.


    Monkeys getting ready to ride. Notice MBC's subtle use of four parking spots.


    The 50 milers getting ready for the start. The entire group much much larger than last year. Last year's horrible weather no doubt kept people away.


    The 50 mile monkeys! (L-R) Woodsguy, BadDNA, Quo Fan, MMcG (hidden in the back), Brian (non-posting monkey), IAB, MBC, BigT, Cynthia (non-monkey)


    Roadies! It was kind of cool with so many riders. We were in the middle of a huge pack for the first 15 miles or so.


    Woodsguy! Like, the only time I was actually close enough to him to get a picture.


    Action pic.


    Brian. He was riding a 26" MTB and kept up with us the entire ride...until his tire failed with 5 miles to go.


    BigT and Quo Fan. I don't know what Quo Fan is celebrating....he's got like 35 miles to go at this point. :D


    BigT and Quo Fan again.


    The first of like 42 flat tires for Brian.


    MMcG. 29ER BOY.


    BigT followed by MBC.


    Rest stop #3. I just noticed Quo Fan's salute. :rofl:


    Rest stop #4. The rest stops were a good place for us to regroup each time. After rest stop 4, it was 15 miles to the end of the ride.


    Sag wagon.


    Our team enjoying the free post-ride eats.




    weRd


    What a great day for a ride and such a fun event. The highlight though was probably the free snow cones. I can't believe no other monkeys took advantage of that. :disgust1:
     
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  6. TreeSaw

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    :thumb: Looks like a good time. We're going to have to come to one of these (this year our sitters were out of town on vacation -- where do they get off?)
     
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  7. McGRP01

    McGRP01 beer and bikes

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    Rock on for a good cause Monkeys!!!! :thumb:
     
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  8. MtnBikerChk

    MtnBikerChk Squeaky Wheel

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    What a great day.


    We had a total of 15 riders - 9 in the 50 mile category, 3 (never evers) in the 25 mile category and 3 (never evers) in the 10 mile category.

    Thanks to everyone who participated!!
     
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  9. MMcG

    MMcG Ride till you puke!

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    A big shout out to MBC and IAB for coordinating everything for everyone and for the pre-ride BBQ at their place on Saturday!!! Good friends, good eats, good weather, good riding = kickass weekend!!! :thumb:
     
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  10. BadDNA

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    100 miles next year! Whoo hoo!
     
  11. douglas

    douglas Chocolate Milk Doug

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    cool, hopefully I'll be there next year to do the hundie w/badDNA & IAB.
     
  12. I Are Baboon

    I Are Baboon Run, Forrest, Run!

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    LOL....I can see it now...you guys finish the century at 12:30 and I roll in around 3:00.

    :banana:

    BTW, MBC's cousin Rachel wants to do the century next year.
     
  13. MtnBikerChk

    MtnBikerChk Squeaky Wheel

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    I'll do it too but I'm going to start 2 hours before everyone!
     
  14. woodsguy

    woodsguy gets infinity MPG

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    100 miles is going to be tough. I'm guessing it would take almost 6 hours not including breaks. So that would mean we would miss lunch!
     
  15. splat

    splat Nam I am

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    I might have to come and join you for that too.



    Nice Banner :thumb:
     
  16. Nemesis

    Nemesis Chimp

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    Saturday night, 9:30PM I put a slick onto the back wheel and pumped it up to 64lbs (65 is the max) and set it onto the ground, 1 minute later BOOOMMM!!:banghead:. The RIM split on the inside, the tire popped out and the tube exploded (See picture). 10:00pm, Called MBC and IAB and they had a spare wheel I could use for the ride... Thanks a bunch, you saved the day! :banana:
     

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    Nemesis Chimp

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    I'm in for the 100 miles next year. Minimum 25 miles between stops. Start at 6:30am, be done by 1:00pm assuming that same numnut doesn't get any more flat tires.
     
  18. MtnBikerChk

    MtnBikerChk Squeaky Wheel

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    I'm equally concerned for your safety riding that fork! Got pics of that?
     
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    Nemesis Chimp

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    My fork? What wrong with my fork? I thought it was supposed to wobble front to back :). I'm going to take it apart and see if I can resolve the issue, maybe just drain all that damn oil out that's been leaking for the past few years. Apparently I don't need it anyway.
     
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    MMcG Ride till you puke!

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    His fork is the photo caption of the definition of "looks flexy" in the mtb dictionary!
     
  21. splat

    splat Nam I am

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    Don't you have one to sell him ? if not now at least by next week you should. :D
     
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    MMcG Ride till you puke!

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    He's got the green light from his wife for a new bike I think. He really could use an entirely new bike.
     
  23. BadDNA

    BadDNA hophead

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    On that terrain, <6 hours. I did the Boston-Hyannis century in 6:15 this year, including stops and having to walk across the Sagamore bridge.
     
  24. woodsguy

    woodsguy gets infinity MPG

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    101mi/17mph=5hr 56min
    101mi/17.5mph=5hr 46min
    101mi/18mph=5hr 37min
    101mi/18.5mph=5hr 28min

    7 breaks @ 3min = 21min

    Its doable but it is going to be tough to keep it under 6 hours.
     
  25. I Are Baboon

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    hahahaha.....have fun, guys. There is no way in hell I can keep up that sort of pace for 100 miles. I'll do the century, but I need to stay at my comfortable 16 MPH pace or I'll be dead after 25 miles. I'll meet you at the checkpoints or the finish line.
     
  26. splat

    splat Nam I am

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    Many many many Moons ago, I did a 101 Mile ride in 4:57 , right now I'd be more than happy to just sit back and keep IAB company, However If I had to dust BadDNA , oh well a Guys gotta do what a guys gotta do . :)
     
  27. Quo Fan

    Quo Fan don't make me kick your ass

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    Here. I'm just not sure where "here" is.
    I'll do the century if I can get a tow rope and tie it to one of the "fast" guys.
     
  28. woodsguy

    woodsguy gets infinity MPG

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    101mi/16mph=6hr 19min
    101mi/16.5mph=6hr 7min

    I agree. 16-17mph is more realistic. So it looks like it will take us at least 6.5 hours with short rest breaks and no mechanicals getting us back at 1:30.
     
  29. douglas

    douglas Chocolate Milk Doug

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    The key would be working together / doing the pace line thing.

    7 breaks is a lot.

    What time is lunch at the finish?




    It's less work to stay in the draft at 18 then to just ride on your own at 16.
     
  30. woodsguy

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    Now that's fast! 20.4mph! Wow. I might be able to do that if it were all downhill.
     
  31. woodsguy

    woodsguy gets infinity MPG

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    We'll just put Splat in front at 18mph and we can all follow in his slipstream! That might be mentally taxing though for 6 hours! I don't know about you guys but I think it is a little tough staying a few inches off the lead rider's wheel. It gets even more difficult the more riders you have.

    I said 7 breaks because that is how many they have set up.

    I think lunch starts at noon but we showed up after 1pm and they still had plenty of food.
     
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  32. splat

    splat Nam I am

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    that race was Insane! we did 27 miles in the first hour ! ( till the idiots Up front burned out ) what was a double echelon of about 40 riders ended in a single pace line of 7 of us.

    and 7 Breaks is way too many! Maybe 2 should be enough
     
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    This is right where I was, solo. If we get a decent paceline going, like Doug said, it's a lot easier to move along at 18+ than it is to do 16 solo. Let's get a few training rides together and work on the group communication.
     
  34. douglas

    douglas Chocolate Milk Doug

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    I'd be up for whatever, but I'd prefer not to stop 7 times...and I have no issue doing my share in a paceline.
     
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    Yeah, over 100 miles of riding, 4 stops is plenty ~20 miles between stops and you should be good to go.