Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Woodinville, WA
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I also rode saturday. My first STP and my first one day STP. Overall it was a great experience. Hats off to Cascade for organizing a fun event.
I rode with three friends, we left UW at 5:00 am, and arrived at the finish line right around 7:00 pm.
Saw a nasty crash maybe a mile after the start. Not sure what street it was, but we were going down a hill and you had to slow at the bottom for a cross street - a guy came flying up from behind me on my right going way too fast, jammed on his brakes, clipped the bike in front of him which forced his front wheel full left and just pancaked him to the pavement. I hope he was OK.
We took it easy at the start and had no problems. We had no mechanical issues on the trip down except for four flat tires amoung us. Kudos to REI and Greggs who were giving out free tubes so that we could replenish our stock.
I thought all the foodstops were great and the volunteers were awesome. I saw motorcycle and car support volunteers up and down the course. We had to wait in line for food only at Centralia and Lexington, but the wait was not that bad. The dreamsicles they were handing out when you rolled into Centralia were a real treat! And whoever decided to put out the bin of ice cubes at St. Helens should get an award - nothing like filling your bottles with ice on a hot day!
The last ten miles in Portland seemed to take forever and I think we hit red on every traffic light in the last three miles. But it was sure sweet to cross the finish line, high five my friends, and then grab a hot shower and some food.
I saw all shapes, sizes and colors of riders and bikes yesterday. It just shows that biking is one of those sports that everyone can enjoy. Hope everyone else had a good ride!
Last edited by woodway; 07-12-09 at 10:50 PM.