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10-17-07, 10:05 AM
Oh and as another Garmin Edge 305 user mine never shut off...nor did the person I was riding with who also has a 305 (which is 1.5 yrs newer than mine).
10-17-07, 10:40 PM
Just to add my 2c to what other folks have been saying, I rode the Austin challenge and can't say enough good stuff about the organization, volunteers, and everybody else that it takes to pull off an event like this.
I rode my Surly Long Haul Trucker touring/commuting rig and while I saw a few other bikes with downtube shifters, I didn't see anybody else with front and rear racks and fenders. Not a high speed machine by any measure, but my Dad helped me put it together before cancer got him a few months ago and it just seemed appropriate. Thanks for the ride, Dad... no problems at all.
The worst moment was arriving at what my computer said was the location of the 60/90 mile turn with ten minutes to spare before the cutoff and... not seeing the turn anywhere. I got to the actual location a couple of (uphill) miles later having missed the cutoff time by minutes. On the plus side, that took away the time pressure and I spent a relaxing half hour at stop 4 chatting with folks and getting all refreshed up before taking off down the "60" mile route. That was pretty lonely; I saw virtually nobody until I rejoined the 90 mile route inbound just before the rock and roll stop. On the other hand, that's where I set my speed record (41 mi/hr) for the day and ran into the worst hill of the course.
The best moment was arriving at the finish; those last 100 meters are weightless.
10-22-07, 05:14 PM
If anyone is interested the photos for Kreutz photography are supposed to be posted by Wednesday.