Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Columbia, MD
Bikes: 2005 Merlin Extralight - 2001 Jamis Ventura - 1990 Specialized Hard Rock (with original tires) - Burley D'Lite Double for my kid
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Not much of a help.
The first year I did the DC Chapter (VA) MS Bike Ride in 2001 there was a thunderstorm almost all day. I was not dressed for it and I was soaked. i am still surprised that I didn't catch pneumonia.
2002, same story with worse rain, but this time I wore my Goretex shell. It makes you sweat a bit due to the trapped moisture but at least it kept the core warm, the big hood also helped in covering the helmet.
2003, they change route but there were still a lot of rain. The route was really much hillier and I couldn't finish the century route, only did 75 miles the first day.
My advice, if you can afford it, get some GOOD rain gear: jackets, gloves, booties.
Use zip block bag to put your wallet, cell phone, etc in. Almost put a pair of dry socks in there so when the rain pause, you can change.