Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Springfield, MA
Bikes: Specialized Allez Elite
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First Century, and then some!
Over the weekend, I completed the Pan Mass Challenge, a benefit to find the cure for cancer.
The quick part....Saturday, 109.95 miles, 8 hours, 8 mins riding time, avg about 13.5
Sunday, 77.78 miles, 5 hours, 50 mins.
I feel like I'm officially a "cyclist" now!
This was a fully supported event, including 5 large waterstops on Saturday, and 3 on Sunday. Literally thousands of volunteers. Over 5000 riders. This was really a class act. I still have a little way to go in my fundraising, but have till Oct 1 to do it.
Things I'll never forget...Opening ceremonies Friday night, when two guys from the group "Sister Hazel" did a tribute song to the lead singer's brother who lost his fight against cancer a few years ago. Then they had the place rocking with a version of "All for You."....the singing of the National Anthem just prior to the start of the ride...the massage Saturday night, that hurt so good...sunrise Sunday morning, as we turned off the Cape Cod Canal Bike Trail, the sun coming up over Cape Cod Bay....the rollers on Service Road, what a blast...the people...omg, the people....6 o'clock in the morning, and they were out there with their signs and cowbells and whistles, cheering us on..."the hedge", in Brewster MA, a huge gathering spot. Had to be a couple thousand people in about a 100 yard stretch. I happened to be alone at the time, no one within 100 yards to the front or rear. As I approached "the hedge", it was pretty quiet. Now these people see a lone rider, have no idea who he is, and the roar started. By the time I got to the end, I'll admit to having a few tears going down my face. It was not the only time, either....
And there was so much more. This was not just a ride for a cause, it was a celebration of life!
It's Monday morning now, and my back and legs are letting me know what I did over the weekend. So it's off to the hammock for some quiet time! (Yeah, I took the day off...)
And for the guys who said "Don't worry about the 2nd day, the Cape is flat." This is not true. It is a big lie.
Maybe it'll seem flatter next year. I can't wait!!!!