The Lancaster County Bike Club in Lancaster, PA has a Covered Bridge Metric ride each year in August. There's a 100 metric, 50 metric and 25 metric ride. I'm going to be doing the 25 metric ride on my hybrid, I looked at the que sheet and it will be 16.99 miles with some hills. This is the first ride of this type that I've ever done and I'm really excited. A friend of mine has done it a couple of times and says all types of bikes participate in the 25 metric ride...recumbent, hybrid, mountain, road, etc. I was looking at photos taken of the event and pretty much all I saw were road bikes, though. About 95% road bikes, the rest mountain and a couple of hybrids. I was worried about being the only person at the event on a hybrid. Then I remembered I was 47, don't much care about what others think, especially when it comes to my bike, which I love. As long as I'm on that bike, I'll be loving life. A friend of mine wants to do the ride as well...she runs marathons and wants to start doing triathlons, and she will be on her mountain bike riding with me and we have a blast no matter what we do and where we go. Having an event like this planned for the future has really been exciting. It's definitely motivating me to keep riding through the winter so far...out in 20 degrees and 10 - 15 mph winds!
That would be great. I just want to have fun. I guess a lot of the pictures that were taken were of the 50 and 100 metric rides. I want to start doing more rides and charity event rides. I did one in the fall for my favorite local charity, but it was very "local yokel" and only 10 miles, but it was fun anyway and some of my friends went who ride much, much farther.
The Lancaster Covered Bridge ride was my first event when I started cycling in 2002 (started in May). I did the full metric century distance on a hybrid bike. One month later I sold my hybrid to my neighbor and bought a road bike. The reason being was that I found that I loved the longer rides and the hybrid was do-able but not the appropriate bike for what I enjoyed. Putting a hybrid vs. road bike discussion to the side, 17 miles might seem far to you now, but it will be a piece of cake if you enjoy cycling and get out often next year - if so, I predict that you'll end up doing at least the half metric century (50km) distance (and a hybrid would still be fine, just a bit more work). You'll also find that when doing an event the time will go by really fast. And congrats on getting out so far this winter, pretty motivated, eh?
Wow, that's cool you've done this ride! I will probably end up borrowing my boyfriend's trek for the ride (we're the same height and use the same size bike). It's a lot lighter than mine and has a narrower tire. I can do 17 miles now...but it depends on how many hills!! I'm really excited about this event.
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With your enthusiasm and early jump on planning, I agree that you will more likely be doing the 50 km route. It's been awhile since I've been in Lancaster county, but my memory doesn't hold any real elevation changes (at least no steep ones). Sounds like a fun tour!
Yeah, Lancaster Co. has a lot of gentle rolling hills...long but not steep, and lots of flat areas. I am located in York county, where the hills are a lot more steep. A friend of mine who has done this ride before said there are some big hills, at the end. I'm bound and determine to conquer them. She is going to be doing the 50 metric this year. Yay for her...she is a breast cancer survivor!