Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Spokane/Tri-Cities WA
Bikes: mountain bike, road bike
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)
The ride started in River Front park home of the 74 World's fair. It was a nice sunny day, with very little wind, I would guess by the time of the start it was around mid 50s, which was comfortable. There was a pancake breakfast which was included in the entry fee. As you can see from the photos there was a great turn out. This was the first ever event of its kind and hopefully will be an annual event. It was advertised as designed to promote training but not require it.
I started at the very back of the start group, I thought we were heading out in a different direction. The first few miles were mostly downhill. During this time it was slow going and you had to be patient. Once we got to the first hill it was easier to pick a pace that was comfortable. I tried to pick a couple of riders to maybe follow, but there were none at my pace. There were 3 break points, about every 7 miles
I stopped at all 3, but that was to take additional photos for my BF friends. Starting at the back had it advantages I passed a bunch of people and was only passed 3 times. In each case I caught up and rode with the person until we got to the next rest point. In each case they had to wait for someone, so I went on alone (as alone as you could be in the mass group ride).
In the park
the locals refer to this as the million dollar shower for the homeless
your tour guide
back of the start line
I have some people to pass
I had a blast. I didn't see any crashes and everything seemed to go smooth. Maybe later groups might have more problems. I noticed by the 3rd rest break not many people were stopping, I think this was because I had started to catch up to the more conditioned cyclists