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    Swedish Days Ride / Burlington IL / June 28 2009

    Anyone in for this one?

    Swedish Days Ride
    Burlington (Hampshire) IL
    25/45/62/75/100/124

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    This will be my first time riding this event. Any thoughts? I understand it is very flat.

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    I'm in.

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    I do not like this ride...ha....that said, I'll be there to ride the century.

    Don't get me wrong. This is an awesomely organized ride! It's just soooo incredibly flat that I find it boring but a good ride to get in the miles.

    A good chance my mom is riding with me this year. We'll be a little slower...probably averaging around 15 mph but we'll have fun.

    We are rolling out as early as possible. WE will be there by 6am to register and take off if anyone wants to start early with us.

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    Quote Originally Posted by midschool22 View Post
    Anyone in for this one?

    Swedish Days Ride
    Burlington (Hampshire) IL
    25/45/62/75/100/124

    More info- Swedish Days

    This will be my first time riding this event. Any thoughts? I understand it is very flat.
    I did (still do) the routes/cue sheets for this ride for my former club. It is very flat (and fast), with a few rollers in the section north of Hampshire, which is really the prettiest part of the ride. This ride is best done with a group, as the terrain is ideal for pace lines. It is very well organized and probably the best marked invitiational I've ever done.

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    i will be out there. planning on doing the 62 mile ride
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    The weather looks great, so I'm in for the century or the 124 miles. If the route is long and flat, a fast group ride is in order. Who wants to get an early start and push it a bit?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JT1 View Post
    The weather looks great, so I'm in for the century or the 124 miles. If the route is long and flat, a fast group ride is in order. Who wants to get an early start and push it a bit?
    Surprisingly there is not much interest in this ride. The weather looks great for tomorrow, so I plan to roll out around 7:00 or 7:30.

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    Where exactly does the 100/124 route take us? Is the 124 a 62 route rode twice?

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    The 124 is a separate route, not the 62 twice.

    JT1, you'll probably pass us at some point. Hope to see you out there!

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    I saw JT1 briefly at my first rest stop - I think it was 2nd stop for him. And we never catch up - I think 62 mile route had separate loop around this northern stop compare to 75/100/124...

    As far as ride itself - I think we can officially call today's ride "Horribly Windy Hundred" :-)

    The wind made this flat ride more challenging. ( in my case partying after midnight on Friday added more to the challenge).
    Anyway , I did 62 miles and enjoyed all the parts with tail wind ( for speed) and head wind ( for extra effort). Side wind was not pleasant at all.

    And I only realized after arriving to the rest stop that this was the same site we did Psimet invitational couple of years ago....

    Overall - nice day! Flying last 5 miles to the finish with tail wind was priceless!
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    I rolled out with a friend about 6:30ish. I was cursing Mother windbag Nature all during the ride. She must have heard me and decided to blow me off the road into a ditch. I was irritated but unhurt. Other than that, it was a great ride. Good rest stop grub / drink. Even though I did not get back in time for the watermelon, I was stoked for doing 127 miles today. My first century and first double metric. Two records in one day.

    FYI, Weather Underground reported wind speeds up to 34 mph with a max gust of 41 mph...

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    Quote Originally Posted by midschool22 View Post
    I rolled out with a friend about 6:30ish. I was cursing Mother windbag Nature all during the ride. She must have heard me and decided to blow me off the road into a ditch. I was irritated but unhurt. Other than that, it was a great ride. Good rest stop grub / drink. Even though I did not get back in time for the watermelon, I was stoked for doing 127 miles today. My first century and first double metric. Two records in one day.

    FYI, Weather Underground reported wind speeds up to 34 mph with a max gust of 41 mph...
    You guys rock. Mother Nature seriously messed with my mom's first century attempt. We didn't make it.

    We were ok till 81 miles. After pulling out of the Maple Park rest area, we rode maybe a quarter of a mile and I couldn't keep my bike on the road. Plus, we were on a road with no shoulder and a lot of fast moving traffic. A guy a little ways ahead of us pulled over onto Beith Road and was scheming a new route and the SAG vehicle stopped to check on us. We decided that was enough. It was just too dangerous and I didn't want my mom to get hurt ...or me, for that matter

    The SAG took us to the last 6 mile stretch which we insisted on riding in on with an awesome tailwind. We had earned it riding into that wind but the crosswind was the worst.

    We both felt awesome and were a little disappointed to not finish the full century. Next time for sure. WE ended up with 87 miles.

    It was a great ride. Something mismarked in the 2 leg had everyone off course for awhile....not sure if they got that fixed later.

    I saw JT1 at the 60 mile stop. He was planning on the 100.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SmokinMiles View Post
    I do not like this ride...ha....that said, I'll be there to ride the century.


    Just saw that and had to laugh a bit.

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    I finished the century, and I didn't fall so I'm happy.

    The first 60 miles were windy, however the last 40 miles the wid kept getting worse. I'm not one who usually complains about wind, but with 40 mph winds, unless it was from behind it was no fun. Even @ 6'2" 200 lbs the side wind was blowing me around like a rag doll.

    SmokinMiles I think you and your mom made a wise decision cutting your ride short, there is no reason to risk injury on a ride.

    I considered the double metric at the start, but after finishing the century I had no desire to ride anymore. Midschool22 I applaud your effort for going the distance.

    As usual lately, the food selections were poor. I'm glad I bring most of my nutrition with me on the ride.

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