Conquer Cancer rider
Join Date: Sep 2004
Bikes: Fun bike, city bike, Bike Friday bike (also fun bike)
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Great ride, great organization, but I suspect I won't do it again. People were hugely generous this year -- I raised over $7k -- but I'm not sure I want to go back and ask them again.
I also don't like the idea of a two-tier ride with that M200 option at all. For me, the beauty of this ride was the fact that it attracted so many different sorts of riders, not to mention the cancer survivors' yellow flags that served as a moving reminder why we were there in the first place. There were people with mountain bikes, comfort bikes, hybrids, as well as the paceline roadies. (I'm a roadie, but not a paceline one). I think adding a longer option will change the nature of the ride, and not necessarily for the better.
But the organizers have their reasons -- they say the fast riders (presumably including you, jdon?) complain that the ride is too short and that they get to camp too early. It's their call.
But I wish you well if you do the longer route next year.
Zero gallons to the mile