Join Date: Apr 2013
Bikes: 2013 Trek Domane 6.9+, 2009 Bianchi 928, 1972 Atala Record Pro
Difficult Distance Decisions
I've been on two charity centuries over the past month that have offered distance options with some very curious, some might even say cruel decision points.
The first was the MS 150 Colorado ride, which had an option to stretch the day one 100 miler into a double metric. The turn for the longer ride came at mile 97, the point at which you could virtually hear the music and literally taste the beer if you closed your eyes.
For me, the choice was deferred to mile 98. I had sighed in a bit of relief when my riding companion at the time and I had breezed by the 97 mile mark and skipped the left turn that would have tacked on another 27 miles. Then, about a mile down the road, he says he had not felt that good at 100 miles for years, and as soon as we got to the turn off, he was going to take it.
Next time Iím keeping my mouth shut, instead of pointing out that we had already gone past the turn. Cursing him repeatedly was the only thing that made the mile back to the turn, and the 27 more miles in the hot sun bearable.
Last weekend, I rode the SOS Outreach River Ride, which launches from Avon Colorado and follows the Eagle River west for ten miles, turns north for some fifteen miles of up and down, and then follows the Colorado River west and south for another 40 plus until you're back at the Eagle River again, 32 miles west and 2000 ft. of elevation below the place where you start (and finish if you're doing the full century). No big deal until you discover that there is an ice cream truck parked next to a fleet of air conditioned resort buses ready to take whisk you and your bike to the finish party and a hero's welcome.
No ice cream, and no air conditioned bus for me, although this time I have only myself to curse and blame.
Are there other rides out there that offer similar choices and, if so, how has the 50+ gang reacted?