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Old 01-12-19, 06:25 PM
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I've done it several times, always in decent weather. If it were really cold and rainy, I'd just call the ride fee a donation and ride my rollers at home. If you're fast, as said above, get there early, get to the front of the ferry, and then go like the devil for the first few miles, then sit up and wait for a nice group to go by. I've gone around twice when I've had luck with that approach. The 2nd lap is pretty lonely. Which is a 3rd approach: get off the ferry and go have a cuppa while the riders vanish.

The danger is mostly slow riders dismounting to walk in the middle of the road on one of the hills. And then walking in the middle of the road. Or paper-boying. There are also folks whose bike maintenance is not so good, like the accident I came upon where the rider had mounted their brakes shoes backwards, left to right switched IOW. That was not good.
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