Last year I did this charity ride...Cycle For Shelter, 100 miles ... in 18.6 mph avg. It's pan flat along the Merrimac River and Atlantic seashore, and very scenic riding. Great rest stops, and post-ride BBQ. Oh yeah...good cause too.
I'm riding it this year ...and I'd like to go even faster...and set a personal record for a century. I'm a little faster and lighter this year, so I think I can do it. But...and I am only half-joking....I am thinking of hiring a domestique to help me. (Am I crazy?)
So the entrance fee is $25. And the fundraising minimum is $125. I cover those fees for someone...and it goes of course to Emmaus, the charity organization. In return...they get a great ride...rest stops, scenery, post-ride BBQ, massage, foot baths...the works. I get...someone who is going to not drop me...take the wind and let me suck wheel ...and get me to that post-ride BBQ, massage...in the front group...hopefully the top 5 or 10 riders....and set a personal best.
Couple of questions:
1) Am I crazy? Ok...nevermind that question.
2) How would I manage that situation? I mean...this hypothetical person would be a stronger rider than me (cat 3 or better?) and I am 2nd year cat 5. Do I take any turns at the front? Does this person only start taking pulls when the group starts to break up...say at 35 or 45 miles? How do I tell this person to speed up, or slow down? How do I use their abilities...for my best advantage?
3) How would I interview and select candidates? On what criteria?
4) Any interest? (ride is in Massachusetts, Sunday July 27th)
5) Is that a fair rate...$150...for a day of riding domestique?
Link to my ride report from last year