Some posts never seem to die and get resurrected. That has occurred with the Pie ride post so there must be something going on. Perhaps new members that have not participated yet- or some feeling Pie withdrawal symptoms.
Whatever it is- and I am not going to advocate changing the "Official" Pie ride- but I am going to suggest that we get the training in earlier this year. This will involve a lot of hardship for some of us and for some it will not bother in the slightest. In fact some of the masochist's on this forum may even enjoy it.
So I am going to suggest a training ride far earlier in the year and that date is the weekend of 7/8th of April. For any that have not noticed- that is the Easter weekend and is one week after I officially retire.
I can assure you that this is going to be hard- You are not being given much warning- so you will have to start the heavy breathing exercises and the loss of moisture through over exertion far earlier in the year than some of us are used to.
I cannot suggest a training programme for you as I have never reached the ultimate of Blue Berry Pie (It doesn't exist over here) so perhaps some of the accomplished riders on this event will be able to offer advice.