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Old 05-17-10, 05:19 AM   #1
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MS ride in the rain

I'm slated to do a metric century this coming weekend as an MS Society fundraiser -- but the forecast is for rain. This is my first fundraising ride -- and it looks like it'll be my first rain ride.

I know the ride happens rain or shine. I can bring gear to deal with the rain -- but I'd love to hear from folks who have been on these sorts of rides before what special precautions to keep in mind. After all, I'm completely unfamiliar with the area (the ride is in Maryland, and I live in Philadelphia); I'm worried about missing turns, getting hit by lightning, etc.

Also: suggestions on how to keep rain off my glasses would be appreciated!
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Not much of a help.

The first year I did the DC Chapter (VA) MS Bike Ride in 2001 there was a thunderstorm almost all day. I was not dressed for it and I was soaked. i am still surprised that I didn't catch pneumonia.

2002, same story with worse rain, but this time I wore my Goretex shell. It makes you sweat a bit due to the trapped moisture but at least it kept the core warm, the big hood also helped in covering the helmet.

2003, they change route but there were still a lot of rain. The route was really much hillier and I couldn't finish the century route, only did 75 miles the first day.

My advice, if you can afford it, get some GOOD rain gear: jackets, gloves, booties.

Use zip block bag to put your wallet, cell phone, etc in. Almost put a pair of dry socks in there so when the rain pause, you can change.

Good luck.
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