Originally Posted by geneman
So, how'd it go? ... full report please
I had a great ride. Paced my friend through the 100 miles, and he made it. Sore knee and sucking wind later, he finished. I thought he was going to break on the last serious climb out of Naples, but he pulled it out.
We did the Lowlander version - 100 miles with 6k feet of climbing. All fun, all good. I was eyeing the Highlander but couldn't convince my friend to take it on. I think it would have put him over the edge, especially Bopple followed by Gannet Hills - as he asked me if it got any worse after climbing West Lake Road to Bristol Harbor. (I said No!
I felt fresh the entire day - except for 1 short stretch after I ate a little too much / something that didn't agree with me at a rest stop. (soft pedalled for awhile and it faded) At times I'd leave my friend on climbs and ride hard, circling back to pace him over the top. Good. Fun. Finished in a reasonable time - stopping more near the end so he could stretch and re-group. He told everyone in the office that I wouldn't let up and cracked the whip the entire day (not true - it was all about him!) - so I've gotten a few funny comments in my email. (Funny, as he's the owner of the company I do 99% of my business with!) We started riding together 5 years ago on the MTB out at Hi-Tor and Harriet Hollister - and he and another few gents from the office would kick the crap out of me. (I was also 50 pounds heavier and just getting back into riding) Last time we MTB'd he still kicked my arse - but I stayed with him alot longer. It was nice having the tables turned for a change, although I really didn't ride the Highlander competitively... but I did turn it up to 400 watts and I finally found that elusive 13th gear I've heard about!
I ate the pasta dinner and got in the car and drove back to Burlington, VT. Long day!
Odd how riding Brevets changes the outlook on "organized" rides. I was worried that I'd gain weight and eat too much on this ride. The first 30 miles had 3 stops, and there were 2 more before mile 50! Seemed about every 15 miles there was a stop. I guess its good to draw people into the sport - everything was organized, there appeared to be plenty of help and food / water - but lots and lots of stops.
Somethings I noticed:
- WNY has some very beautiful scenery (I've forgotten since moving to VT!)
- Trek makes LOTS and LOTS of bikes!
- Don't forget the digicam!
- Riding with someone new(ish) on the road can be fun!
- The Finger Lakes is pretty hilly... short and steep!
- The NYS Thruway is mind numbing.
- Bristol Mountain isn't very high for a ski mountain...
- I saw 1 other IF on the road... talked to the owner at a rest stop. Nice!
- Congrats to the woman we chatted with who had her knee bandaged (torn up the week before!) and was on a 90's MTB! (knobbies) I saw her pulling into the finish as I left!
So long. Been nice knowing you BF.... to all the friends I've made here and in real life... its been great. But this place needs an enema.