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Old 08-22-13, 01:43 PM   #1
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Bike ms nyc 2013

I signed up for the century distance. Who has done it before and what did you think of the climbs? I've done a century before (Ride to Montauk) at a fairly decent ave speed of 16mph. I figure I'll be slower than that because of the rolling hills and climb.

Anyone doing it this year who plans to do training rides along the Palisades?

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Old 10-03-13, 10:44 PM   #2
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I signed up for the century distance. Who has done it before and what did you think of the climbs? I've done a century before (Ride to Montauk) at a fairly decent ave speed of 16mph. I figure I'll be slower than that because of the rolling hills and climb.

Anyone doing it this year who plans to do training rides along the Palisades?

-Mike
Never done the Bike MS before, but have done the northern portions of the route. I will be marshaling the course, and should see you there.
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Old 10-04-13, 11:58 AM   #3
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I'd like to but I'm doing a cancer walk in Philly this weekend. But I'm usually on the palisades at least once a weekend.
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Today's event was reminiscent of the Gran Fondo New York this year. Really craptastic conditions!
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Today's event was reminiscent of the Gran Fondo New York this year. Really craptastic conditions!

Holy sh*t was my reaction during the event. This is my second century and I couldn't have asked for a harsher conditions. The climbs are a killer (coming from Long Island) and I was on the verge of quitting halfway through the ride. Thank God I didn't. Definitely a memorable century for me. Thanks to all the volunteers and ride marshalls!
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Holy sh*t was my reaction during the event. This is my second century and I couldn't have asked for a harsher conditions. The climbs are a killer (coming from Long Island) and I was on the verge of quitting halfway through the ride. Thank God I didn't. Definitely a memorable century for me. Thanks to all the volunteers and ride marshalls!
Very happy to hear you complete the ride unscathed, and all the volunteers/ride marshals did a fantastic job despite the horrid conditions. We had marshals sweep to ensure there were no other riders on the route while contingency plans were made for those that were SAG-ed.

Some things I have heard / saw:
1. There was a stretch of road past Congers where some unscrupulous people deposited tacks on the side of the road and resulted in flats for a number of riders.
2. A rider was clipped by a car and arrived at the rest stop, got bandaged up, and continued on. Very inspiring and really showed true mettle for the cause!

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Cold, wet and miserable is how I have described my ride (century) to all my friends. I thought the event was well supported and organized. I will definitely do it again. Thanks to all the volunteers and moto-marshals.
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I was supposed to marshal the 55 mile route. Got there late after everybody left.
Organizers told me to just catch up at the Inwood rest stop for the 30 mile route.
Did exactly that and had a great ride down the closed for traffic Henry Hudson.
Weather was crappy but I thought it was still a lot of fun.

I was a marshal for the 100 mile route last year, perfect weather
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RByK0ya7vXM
[video=youtube;RByK0ya7vXM]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RByK0ya7vXM[/video]
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Old 10-08-13, 11:27 AM   #9
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Cold, wet and miserable is how I have described my ride (century) to all my friends. I thought the event was well supported and organized. I will definitely do it again. Thanks to all the volunteers and moto-marshals.
OK I think my only gripe about this ride was the lack of porta johns at the start! My friend and I missed the actual huge start because I was at the porta potty line and we had to scramble to get out since the 30 mile riders were already at the starting line. Missed the one big photo opp (first world problem) but come on we need a lot of porta potty at the start!!!! Is someone from Bike MS seeing this post? lol

Overall, great challenging ride. My first time riding the course and given the tough conditions, I'm very proud to have finished it in less than 7 hours (garmin time which doesn't take into account the rest stops).
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Very happy to hear you complete the ride unscathed, and all the volunteers/ride marshals did a fantastic job despite the horrid conditions. We had marshals sweep to ensure there were no other riders on the route while contingency plans were made for those that were SAG-ed.

Some things I have heard / saw:
1. There was a stretch of road past Congers where some unscrupulous people deposited tacks on the side of the road and resulted in flats for a number of riders.
2. A rider was clipped by a car and arrived at the rest stop, got bandaged up, and continued on. Very inspiring and really showed true mettle for the cause!
I saw a couple of riders being helped out because they crashed. Didnt see actual crash though. There was one unfortunate guy who crashed probably 2 miles right out of Holland Tunnel. Also what's up with early flats?
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