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slvoid 09-12-04 02:19 PM

I just got back from a great ride. I went to bed at around 11 and couldn't sleep all night, I must've gotten about 4 hours of sleep. Woke up early, had a light breakfast and biked to the subway station on my commuter MTB with my backpack full of snacks. Met up with another biker on the subway and we made it up to 125th street, biked 15 blocks down to 110th with about 10 bikers that got off at that station. Signed up and took off with a group about 10 minutes later. I did get a lot of weird looks and comments on the subway and during sign up when they asked if I was doing the century on my mtb though, granted later during some of the slower sections I noticed my big fat tires and 35 pound bike.
Immediately after, I found about 2-3 people to draft with and we hauled ass through midtown and down broadway to the brooklyn bridge and into brooklyn. We skipped the first rest area and continued on. I refilled my bottles at the 2nd rest area but didn't stop to eat. Instead I took off with another group. We stayed together for a bit but since I was hopping from group to group, either bridging the gaps myself or taking someone with me, I didn't stay with them either until the 3rd rest area where I found a group to stay with; 2 roadies in particular. We grew to a group of around 20 after the 3rd rest area, including a couple from missisippi. After the 5th rest area, it was down to the 3 of us and we finished at the same time.
Everyone was extremely friendly except for one guy who when I was taking my bike to park inside a building my first rest stop, said, "you can just leave that outside, no one would want to steal THAT." I thought to myself, yeah, I'm on a mtb and I'm still doing better than your colnago or whatever.
My right knee is sore and my right hand is a little sore from being numb. My jaw locked up halfway through and I was afraid I wouldn't be able to eat. I was averaging about 3 cliff bars and 2 pieces of fruit while I was riding. We didn't stay long enough during the last few rest areas to really eat and I didn't have the appetite for it until I was on my bike.
I saw three accidents (four counting my own).
The first was at mile 17.1, 9th avenue and 39th street when a biker suddenly jammed on the brakes and the guy behind him locked up his rear and slid into him. (Not sure with the same guy but I saw someone about 60 miles into it with a huge flat spot on his tires down to the threads). No injuries.
The second was at mile 25.6 right before Wendy's when the 2 roadies I was drafting suddenly realized they missed a turn and one of them made a sharp left and slid in to the guy behind him. At that point we were doing about 23mph. I saw him banking over and went to the right and avoided them. The guy in front of me fell over on his right, slamming his helmet into the ground, he got up and continued the ride.
The third was at the beginning of alley park pond I think, when we were all crowding onto one little piece at the end of the sidewalk and a lady from missisippi didn't make it and hit the curb then fell over. Someone helped her unclip and we waited for her. No injuries.
Mine was mile 79.2, I was getting slightly tired and weaved a little going down a set of these ramps with really tight turns going down a bridge, hit the wall and fell over. No injuries, except for pride, the group I was with waited for me.
All in all, 107.2 miles in 6:53. I am worn out.

wfin2004 09-12-04 03:40 PM

What a great time you had! On a Mtb to boot! Your de man. Wish I could do that.
Hmmmm......Excellant

gahaya 09-12-04 07:20 PM

I'm a newbie. I commute and have ridden in lots of neighborhoods in the city but had never gone more than 30 miles in a day, and never in a group ride or big event like this. So I also had a great, but very different, experience on the ride. I'd planned on doing the 35-mile course, but at the turning point at Prospect Park, my riding partner and I decided we felt good enough to go for the 55-mile route instead. We did it, at our own easy-going pace, and now I'm sore in about four different places and sunburned as I forgot the sunscreen (I have a ponytail tan-line running down the center of my red/brown back!) but very happy. Didn't see any crashes, maybe because we, and everyone around us, were going pretty slow. ;) There was a friendly vibe among everyone on the road and at the rest stops, and at different spots in Brooklyn, a little boy on his trike, an old woman on the corner, a random guy who decided to stop traffic for us, and a group of teenage girls driving past all waved, gave us the thumbs-up, and/or cheered, "You can do it! Go!"

I'm looking forward to becoming a stronger and faster cyclist over time, and hope that by next year I'll be able to do the 75 or maybe even the full century. But right now I'm just tired and pleased with what is a new milestone for me, and I'm going to bed right now.

slvoid 09-13-04 09:22 AM

The people in the bronx were cheering us on and handing out drinks and bananas. This family in queens set up a stand on the side of a road, $1 for drinks, $.25 to refill our bottles.
We did piss off a bunch of drivers when we got lost, went onto a highway onramp and stopped to turn around.
My right knee is a little sore and I'm just feeling drained today.

timmhaan 09-13-04 09:32 AM

your time was almost the same as mine. i took 7 hours on the dot. i got horrible knee pain around mile 65ish and it continued all the way through until the end. at some points i was riding along at 10mph while everyone passed me. i almost bailed out at the 75 mile pit stop (astoria park), but i made myself keep going. i can barely walk today because of the knee, but all in all i feel really good. it was fun.

PriO 09-13-04 10:28 AM

did you pay that fee, zi? ;)

slvoid 09-13-04 11:48 AM

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Originally Posted by PriO
did you pay that fee, zi? ;)

Oh I paid alright.. even though I probably didn't have to since I saw two people joining in from side streets onto broadway when we were going down that way.

slvoid 09-13-04 11:49 AM

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Originally Posted by timmhaan
your time was almost the same as mine. i took 7 hours on the dot. i got horrible knee pain around mile 65ish and it continued all the way through until the end. at some points i was riding along at 10mph while everyone passed me. i almost bailed out at the 75 mile pit stop (astoria park), but i made myself keep going. i can barely walk today because of the knee, but all in all i feel really good. it was fun.

I took a couple of Advil and the knee pain's going away, just a little tight and sore. I took the day off from commuting but I'll be doing it tomorrow.
Did you end up riding by yourself or with a group?

timmhaan 09-13-04 11:56 AM

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Originally Posted by slvoid
I took a couple of Advil and the knee pain's going away, just a little tight and sore. I took the day off from commuting but I'll be doing it tomorrow.
Did you end up riding by yourself or with a group?

i rode in many groups throughout. everyone was pretty cool for the most part - i just drafted off people when i could and people did the same to me. i didn't go with a pre-planned group though.

at one point i was in a great paceline, and we were really flying. we were doing about 26-28 for around 10 miles. that was right before the 2nd pit stop. i was a bit wiped after that though, so they took off without me. i needed more time to eat fruit and bagels. :o

NYCommuter 09-13-04 12:18 PM

I had a good time, would have been great if:
-> The water they gave did not have that plastic hose after taste.
-> The directions on the ground were clearer... so we wouldn't get lost.
- > There were a little less people, especially after the Astoria rest stop... took FOREVER to go over the bridge.

I rode in from Park Slope instead of taking the subway and got to the start a little too late. So I was part of the 3rd wave of 100 miles riders. That meant that by the time I arrived at each bottleneck (bridges, rest stops,...) I had to wait longer...
Also, I got lost a few times so that made the already hard to decipher cue sheet almost useless!

On the positive side, I met up with a lot of riders from all over the place. There was plenty of food, and the volunteers were really friendly. I saw parts of NYC I had never seen before, and parts I hope I never see again!

I am also really happy about my own performance. This was my first century and although it took me 8:30 hours to get to the finish line (6:30 start - 3PM finish), a lot of time was wasted on finding the right direction or at various bottlenecks. I felt great throughout the entire ride, ate lots of cliff bars and bananas, drank lots of gatorade, and rode as hard as I could. I got dropped a few times, and dropped quite a few people... weird when you have nobody in front and you turn around and nobody is behind you... even weirder when you have absolutely NO CLUE where you are!!!

When all was said and done, I rode 130 miles yesterday... a double metric century!
I will do it again, but this time I will get there earlier...
O.

timmhaan 09-13-04 12:26 PM

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Originally Posted by NYCommuter
I saw parts of NYC I had never seen before, and parts I hope I never see again!

hehe. i remember one part that was by a bridge with a bunch of burned out cars on blocks. that was nice
:rolleyes:

NYCommuter 09-13-04 12:36 PM

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Originally Posted by timmhaan
hehe. i remember one part that was by a bridge with a bunch of burned out cars on blocks. that was nice
:rolleyes:

Wasn't that just after the ride split (100 milers/ others) ?
What about the smell near the water somewhere in Queens? Gosh!...

The best part of the ride, to me, was the kids cheering! It was so cool how into it they were!! Next was the people that gave us water and bananas in the bronx... I don't even think they were volunteers from the ride... that was really cool.

timmhaan 09-13-04 12:50 PM

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Originally Posted by NYCommuter
Wasn't that just after the ride split (100 milers/ others) ?
What about the smell near the water somewhere in Queens? Gosh!...

The best part of the ride, to me, was the kids cheering! It was so cool how into it they were!! Next was the people that gave us water and bananas in the bronx... I don't even think they were volunteers from the ride... that was really cool.

the spot i'm thinking of was some non-descript area in either brooklyn or near the border of queens. between the 2nd and third pit stops i think. i can't remember it perfectly though.

anyway, yeah some of the people were really cool. a few idiots yelling stuff and some drivers that couldn't sit still long enough to let a pack of riders go through, but for the most part i was pretty impressed with the public's reactions. at the beginning when we were coming down broadway some people were cheering us on and it was such a great feeling to hear that as we blew through all the intersections!

coney 09-13-04 01:38 PM

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Originally Posted by gahaya
I'd planned on doing the 35-mile course, but at the turning point at Prospect Park, my riding partner and I decided we felt good enough to go for the 55-mile route instead. We did it, at our own easy-going pace, and now I'm sore in about four different places and sunburned as I forgot the sunscreen...
I'm looking forward to becoming a stronger and faster cyclist over time, and hope that by next year I'll be able to do the 75 or maybe even the full century. But right now I'm just tired and pleased with what is a new milestone for me, and I'm going to bed right now.

I had a blast.
I did the 35 mile. It was fantastic. I also started to feel like, when I got to Prospect Park, that I wasn't tired at all, and maybe I could do the 55, but I had friends waiting for me at Astoria Park, so I decided to stick with the 35.
I also forgot the sunscreen, I'm a bit on the red side, but not too bad. Crashed hard when I got home, slept for a couple hours that afternoon, and also went to bed early.

I hope to do a 75 mile ride next year. I think I can do it!!! (after I get an awesome new bike, of course)

5,000+ Cyclists this year! A record for the NYC Century Ride!!

slvoid 09-13-04 01:38 PM

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Originally Posted by timmhaan
i rode in many groups throughout. everyone was pretty cool for the most part - i just drafted off people when i could and people did the same to me. i didn't go with a pre-planned group though.

at one point i was in a great paceline, and we were really flying. we were doing about 26-28 for around 10 miles. that was right before the 2nd pit stop. i was a bit wiped after that though, so they took off without me. i needed more time to eat fruit and bagels. :o

I drafted behind some roadies going down broadway when we were still fresh and I was pushing near 30 on my mtb. There's always a tail wind in the direction we were going in on the shore after the 2nd pit stop. It made me almost feel like I was in the TDF, breaking away from the pack with people and bridging the gaps between the groups.

slvoid 09-13-04 01:40 PM

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Originally Posted by NYCommuter
Wasn't that just after the ride split (100 milers/ others) ?
What about the smell near the water somewhere in Queens? Gosh!...

The best part of the ride, to me, was the kids cheering! It was so cool how into it they were!! Next was the people that gave us water and bananas in the bronx... I don't even think they were volunteers from the ride... that was really cool.

I was surprised by the temporary pit stop the people gave us in the bronx, they had a sign saying "water and bananas up ahead." The area in Queens that I think we went through's an industrial park in long island city, right around where I work. I remembered thinking to myself that it was one of those places I wouldn't want to be in if I didn't have 10 other people with me, also in tight spandex.

coney 09-13-04 01:56 PM

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Originally Posted by NYCommuter
What about the smell near the water somewhere in Queens? Gosh!...

I think it was the Gowanas Canal. Nasty think, that. Used to be the most polluted body of water in the US. I think there are 3 headed fish swimming in there from the radioactive waste. [Mr. Burns :"That's ridiculous, everyone knows our mutants have flippers!"]

NYCommuter 09-13-04 02:02 PM

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Originally Posted by slvoid
I remembered thinking to myself that it was one of those places I wouldn't want to be in if I didn't have 10 other people with me, also in tight spandex.

:roflmao: I had the exact same thoughts!!!! Safety in numbers!!!

commuteORdie 09-13-04 02:21 PM

I rode my fixed gear bike and I planned to do the 55 mile course. I left the start line at 7:05, with the second group of 55 milers. Around the 35th mile I was feeling great so I decided to do the 75 mile course. For the first 50 miles I was riding at a brisk pace, however a little after the 50th mile fatigue was starting to catch up, big time, and I had to slow down my pace. At around the 60th mile I developed a pain in my right knee, and my energy level was so low thoughts of pulling over and falling asleep on the side of the rode passed through my mind quite a few times.

I did a total of 86 miles yesterday, including the miles that it took me to get to and from the subway to the start/finish line.

Today my knee is feeling better and Iím happy that I did the 75 mile (which was technically about 80), and I did it in 6:10.

My favorite part of the ride was the one lap I did at the Kissena Velodrome. Over all I had a great time, and Iím looking forward to doing it again next year, maybe Iíll attempt the full 100 miles, or maybe Iíll do the 75 miles with out problems.

Jack Burton 09-13-04 10:25 PM

I did the full 100, my longest ride ever. It was also my first time seeing parts of the city outside Manhattan. My neck and shoulders are still sore, but aside from that and some sunburn, I'm feeling surprisingly fine.

I enjoyed the waterfront paths the most; there was more of that than I expected. And the Bronx, despite having some of the worst scenery, had the most lively onlookers. We got everything from cheers, high-fives, and bananas to heckles, wolf whistles, and jerks deliberately standing in our way. At one point, I'm pretty sure I heard a woman say "Aw no, look at them cuttin' through our 'hood!"

One group of kids, after running into the street and sticking their hands up for high-fives, asked me where I was from. When I extended my arm and blurted out "Jersey," they laughed and backed away. :(

The narrow pedestrian overpasses and pathways were the biggest nuisance, but I guess they were unavoidable. Having to line up single file and walk/carry your bike puts a damper on things.

My legs started giving out during the 50-75 mile portion, but I guess some food or something kicked in after that, because the last stretch was a breeze. I'll definitely do the ride again if I'm in the area.

PriO 09-13-04 11:20 PM

Ill definitely do it next year. By the way, any of you guys want to setup a ride to Bear Mountain? I remeber you guys talking about it but I dont think it ever happened.

Istanbul_Tea 09-14-04 07:06 AM

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Originally Posted by PriO
Ill definitely do it next year. By the way, any of you guys want to setup a ride to Bear Mountain? I remeber you guys talking about it but I dont think it ever happened.

PriO, did you get my PM?? I replied to yours a few days back.

Bart5657 09-14-04 06:57 PM

Hey Slvoid, how come you didnt take your OCR?

Rick O'Getti 09-14-04 07:19 PM

Thanks for bringing back great memories... A group of (4) of us from VA and MD went up and had a great time... First-time century for three, 2nd for me... All of us finished together (two of us waited in various places for the other two... you might have seen us sitting on a curb in Manhattan eating bagels and drinking regular coffee - meaning cream and tons of sugar!)... The cruise over the Brooklyn Bridge was priceless... Awesome view w/ the sunrise. Was surprised with the bike paths. I forgot the sun block, but did not really need it anyway -- lots of shade. Hit 28+ mph on the velodrome - what a blast, and thoroughly enjoyed every inch of the ride... Could have done it twice! Also enjoyed the people I met, including (2) fantastic ladies from MD!

BTW... you boys and girls that did it on MTN bikes and single-speeds really impressed me!

No pains, no stiffness, no nothin'... Just great pictures from the World's Fair park in Queens, and good memories of a ride that will become a tradition for us!

I "heart" NYC! You people are fantastic!!!!!!

BTW... This is not an event to hammer... too many s-l-o-w sections... Just take it easy and drink in the sights, sounds and eclectic-ambiance that is NY.

GREAT JOB to the transalt.org group for putting on a super event.

slvoid 09-14-04 09:38 PM

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Originally Posted by PriO
Ill definitely do it next year. By the way, any of you guys want to setup a ride to Bear Mountain? I remeber you guys talking about it but I dont think it ever happened.

I'm up for it this weekend if you guys are.


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