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Old 10-01-08, 08:54 AM   #1
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Tour du Port, Baltimore

I know some of you are riding the Seagull Century. The other big bike event in the Mid-Atlantic region is the Tour du Port in Baltimore, on Sunday the 5th.

http://www.onelesscar.org/TDP/2008/

Event Schedule
7:00 am - 8:30 am – Walk-in Registration
7:30 am - 7:45 am - Riders begin 45 mile route
8:00 am - 8:30 am - Riders begin 22 mile route
9:00 am - 9:30 am - Riders begin 15 mile family route
10:30 am - 1:00 pm - Celebration at Korean Memorial (lunch is served, Pick up pre-ordered shirts, Live entertainment)

Usually this ride is later in October, but they moved it up two weeks to coincide with the Fells Point Fun Festival.

It's a fun ride. I'll be doing it for the seventh straight year. 45 mile route to North Point, starting and finishing as early as possible so I can also ride to the Fells Point Festival.

Cross posted to the other Mid-Atlantic forum.

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Old 10-01-08, 08:34 PM   #2
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We'll be there CC. MY husband and I will be at Seagull - #'s 45 and 53 I believe - road bike obviously. Sunday will be with our son. He'll be on the tandem with my husband and I'll probably do it on my mtn. bike with slicks. Looks like a perfect weekend for riding!
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You're going to have a busy weekend.
Saturday I'm going to Taste of Bethesda with family and friends (haven't missed one in over 10 years).
Sunday I plan to be at TdP around 7 and will probably start a bit early. I like to have the road almost to myself. Will probably try to ride another 20ish miles after the main ride to make a metric.

Have fun. If I remember, I'll wear the helmet with the Bikeforums stickers on the side.

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Had a good time on the ride. Made my metric.
Quick ride report.

Arrived at the Inner Harbor by 6:30 and parked behind Federal Hill, several miles from the start but close to AVAM where I wanted to go afterward.
Got in a few miles riding, including Fells Point, on my way to the start.
The Mayor of Baltimore joined us for the longer ride, which would explain why the route was so free of debris and glass, not to mention the police presence at some intersections.
At North Point another BF member saw the stickers on my helmet and introduced himself (roadie07 I think it was)
Foggy and overcast until I got to German Hill, about 10:00. Sunny after that.
Ride was routed around Fells Point this year to avoid the Festival.
Finished about 11:30. Pizza and salad for lunch. Back on the road by 12:00.
Went thru the Fells Point Festival, mostly walking my bike down Thames Street. Remembered to take my cyclocomputer off first so I wouldn't mess up my average.
Continued my ride around the Inner Harbor, Federal Hill, Raven's Stadium, Riverside, back out to the Fort. Did a lot of wandering to round up my mileage to 63.
Stopped at AVAM for a couple of hours. Went thru the new show, and picked up christmas presents from the gift shop.
Left the museum at the same time the Raven's game had just ended. Took a long while to get out of town.
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Had a good time on the ride. Made my metric.
Quick ride report.

Arrived at the Inner Harbor by 6:30 and parked behind Federal Hill, several miles from the start but close to AVAM where I wanted to go afterward.
Got in a few miles riding, including Fells Point, on my way to the start.
The Mayor of Baltimore joined us for the longer ride, which would explain why the route was so free of debris and glass, not to mention the police presence at some intersections.
At North Point another BF member saw the stickers on my helmet and introduced himself (roadie07 I think it was)
Foggy and overcast until I got to German Hill, about 10:00. Sunny after that.
Ride was routed around Fells Point this year to avoid the Festival.
Finished about 11:30. Pizza and salad for lunch. Back on the road by 12:00.
Went thru the Fells Point Festival, mostly walking my bike down Thames Street. Remembered to take my cyclocomputer off first so I wouldn't mess up my average.
Continued my ride around the Inner Harbor, Federal Hill, Raven's Stadium, Riverside, back out to the Fort. Did a lot of wandering to round up my mileage to 63.
Stopped at AVAM for a couple of hours. Went thru the new show, and picked up christmas presents from the gift shop.
Left the museum at the same time the Raven's game had just ended. Took a long while to get out of town.
Hey I was there and saw the mayor. I was working the ride. I was the guy at North point park entrance off of Lodge rd. I was pointing at that nasty turn when bikers had to ride off of the pavement, onto tiny dirt patch because the main gates were locked. It got dicey there when large packs of cyclist were going in and going out. I was NOT the guy w/ the whistle. If you started riding by 7, then you were one of the first riders there. 2 guys got to my stop before me. They left really early.
I rode from Catonsville (home) at 6, got to registration by 630, then my stop around 730ish. Great day for a ride.
CC how early did you get to NPP. Charlie
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On previous years I always started before the official start. This year I waited until the 7:30 roll-out and hooked up with a fast group.
I didn't check the time when I got to North Point, but it was early. On the road into NPP I didn't see anyone going out the other way until I was in the park and past the last turn. Only a half dozen people passed heading out before I got to the rest stop, and there were only about a dozen people already there. The food was still being set out.

It was a good day for the ride. I remember the guy with the whistle, and saw that there was someone with him, but I was paying more attention to the turn. Sorry.
On the way out of NPP I saw the mayor starting to head in. I wouldn't exactly call her a power-rider (like DC's mayor is) but she seemed to do ok.

ps If you talk to the organizers, please let them know that peanut butter and jelly on an onion bagel is not the best thing to serve.

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AlWAYS THE BRIDES MAID, NEVER THE BRIDE, story of my life

ps If you talk to the organizers, please let them know that peanut butter and jelly on an onion bagel is not the best thing to serve.
Sounds gross, I'll pass the word.
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