Join Date: Sep 2009
Bikes: Cannondale Adventure 400; 1983 Trek 620; Bilenky Ti Tourlite
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So let me put this here so that if anyone ever searches this thread, they find the answer to the question that started it: in 2013, the cut-off was 3pm at mile marker 69.
I know this, not because anyone I asked before and even on the ride could tell me, but because I saw the sign at the turn -- at 3:15.
There was a storm headed to the beach that day, with winds blowing up from the south. Of course, we were trying to ride south. The folks at the southernmost rest stop, near mile 67, said that with an 8am start to the ride they usually expect to see their first riders around 11:30 -- and on that day, no one got there until around 1:00pm. So I'm not too embarrassed that not only did I not make 125 miles, I didn't even do a century.
Thankfully, the rain held off until about 10 o'clock that night, and was finished by 6:30 the next morning. So the ride had a few puddles the 2nd day, but no rain. Of course, that also meant that the wind shifted after the storm moved through -- and we rode back north into a headwind! At one point, my riding buddy and I made missed a turn. We realized something was up, and spent a moment looking at our route sheets. That off-course moment -- no wind. Back on the bikes heading back to the course -- no wind. Make the turn we missed -- wham! the wind came back.