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johnnyace 03-09-19 08:06 PM

Monster Cookie Metric Century, Sunday, April 28, 2019
 
Who's down for the Monster Cookie Metric Century ride, coming up at the end of April?

A couple of years ago, Andy_K, gugie, and I did it, and we're planning on the same this year. Bikes were ridden, monster cookies were eaten, and there was beer a short hop from the end, in downtown Salem. The weather was perfect for a pretty easy (not really any hill climbing) and scenic trip through the Willamette Valley, from Salem to Champoeg Park.

ryansu 03-09-19 11:26 PM

I am doing the Tour De Lopez at the end of April - balky Knee willing- but I did the Monster cookie about 7 years ago and it was fun. I rode a 79 Miyata 912 that was my first nice C&V rebuild, it rode like a champ. Have fun in Salem

https://cimg7.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...e4cbd95f37.jpg

gugie 03-09-19 11:44 PM

Nice to see @johnnyace back, and will enjoy riding with him again. @Andy_K and I can verify that the brewpub is still there, having supped with thr Last Winter Tour of the Willamette Valley crew last weekend.

Andy_K 03-10-19 12:04 AM

Looking forward to this. The Monster Cookie is usually an early spring target for me as the first long ride of the year. Having done three rides of nearly this length in three days last week I'm well ahead of my usual schedule. Probably still not enough ahead to keep up with @johnnyace and @gugie, but ahead.

johnnyace 03-10-19 08:11 AM


Originally Posted by gugie (Post 20831036)
@Andy_K and I can verify that the brewpub is still there, having supped with thr Last Winter Tour of the Willamette Valley crew last weekend.

A little bike-related trivia about the beer-stop: Venti's is owned by Dino Venti, who is an avid MTBer and a key figure in the BRMBA, the folks responsible for the Black Rock MTB park west of Salem, and an all-around nice guy. We have been patronizing his establishment for well over a decade, back when he was just a busy little hole-in-the-wall, serving good food and beer. He now has two locations in Salem.

johnnyace 04-25-19 06:50 AM

Sunday is looking like a fine day for a bike ride, for those in the Willamette Valley area that might like to join us...

https://cimg9.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...7ea74c0cea.png

gugie 04-25-19 11:07 AM

I've had an run of excellent weather luck recently, a week ago the prediction was rain. Of course, any weather prediction for a week from now is practically useless. A bit nippy to start, I'll probably bring my Grander Sportier with a handlebar bag to accomodate mid-ride kit adjustments.

johnnyace 04-27-19 05:52 PM


Originally Posted by gugie (Post 20900439)
I've had an run of excellent weather luck recently, a week ago the prediction was rain. Of course, any weather prediction for a week from now is practically useless. A bit nippy to start, I'll probably bring my Grander Sportier with a handlebar bag to accomodate mid-ride kit adjustments.

Sounds like a reasonable choice. Hopefully tomorrow will be less windy than today. Or we have a tailwind going AND coming back. :D

Fahrenheit531 04-27-19 09:42 PM

We've got a bunch of Tillamook Monster Cookie Dough ice cream in the freezer, and that's the closest I'm gonna get. But enjoy!

Jeff Wills 04-27-19 10:33 PM


Originally Posted by Fahrenheit531 (Post 20904083)
We've got a bunch of Tillamook Monster Cookie Dough ice cream in the freezer, and that's the closest I'm gonna get. But enjoy!

I'll be right over...

gugie 04-28-19 09:40 PM

Perfect weather today, cool, almost cold to start, and light winds in our face until afternoon, when we turned around and had a tailwind as the day warmed up. It was good to see and ride with @johnnyace again in his full Fred outfit, then pacelining us at a rapid clip past groups of lycra clad plastic bikes. After each eating our giant cookie, we rode down to Venti's Cafe & Taphouse for more food and rehydration.

https://cimg1.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...efdbe31636.jpg

johnnyace, gugie, Andy_K

johnnyace 04-29-19 06:02 AM


Originally Posted by gugie (Post 20905378)
Perfect weather today, cool, almost cold to start, and light winds in our face until afternoon, when we turned around and had a tailwind as the day warmed up. It was good to see and ride with @johnnyace again in his full Fred outfit, then pacelining us at a rapid clip past groups of lycra clad plastic bikes. After each eating our giant cookie, we rode down to Venti's Cafe & Taphouse for more food and rehydration.

It was a fine day for a ride, thanks for coming out, guys. But I was only half Fred this time, I had the jersey. "Tits, of course." :D

johnnyace 04-29-19 06:14 AM

The only pics I took yesterday: a couple of broad overview shots with the capital in the background, and a really nice Ebisu:

https://cimg9.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...7146c8237f.jpg
https://cimg0.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...ee68247e36.jpg
https://cimg1.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...c06d59f069.jpg

Pompiere 04-29-19 06:39 AM

About the cookies, are they called Monster Cookies because of their size, or the recipe? My family has had a recipe for Monster Cookies for many years. They are called Monster Cookies because they combine all the best cookie ingredients into one cookie. They have chocolate chips, M&Ms, oatmeal, and peanut butter. Also the original recipe was so big, it required a huge bowl to mix it up.

johnnyace 04-29-19 09:52 AM


Originally Posted by Pompiere (Post 20905657)
About the cookies, are they called Monster Cookies because of their size, or the recipe? My family has had a recipe for Monster Cookies for many years. They are called Monster Cookies because they combine all the best cookie ingredients into one cookie. They have chocolate chips, M&Ms, oatmeal, and peanut butter. Also the original recipe was so big, it required a huge bowl to mix it up.

I believe it's the size, about a 6" cookie. They used to be homemade in earlier years, but now they use a baker called "Cookie Baron." Not sure if they had other varieties, but mine had M&Ms.

Andy_K 04-29-19 10:05 AM

Mine sounded a lot like the recipe described, M&Ms, peanut butter, I think even oatmeal. In past years I remember having a choice of other varieties though. I just always assumed the name was just playing on the MC initials for the metric century.

I have no pics, but it was a great ride and post-ride social.

ThermionicScott 04-29-19 11:48 AM


Originally Posted by Pompiere (Post 20905657)
About the cookies, are they called Monster Cookies because of their size, or the recipe? My family has had a recipe for Monster Cookies for many years. They are called Monster Cookies because they combine all the best cookie ingredients into one cookie. They have chocolate chips, M&Ms, oatmeal, and peanut butter. Also the original recipe was so big, it required a huge bowl to mix it up.

I feel like both things are true, that they are over-sized to make sure all the different ingredients are represented. :)

gugie 04-29-19 01:59 PM

Funny thing is, I've been trying to stay on a keto diet, but when you ride 62 miles and someone hands a giant cookie to you...

gugie 04-29-19 02:18 PM

A final tought, @johnnyace was at the front of our little gruppetto for a good period of the day, wearing non-cycling shorts and a pair of deck shoes pushing some rat trap pedals, no clips. All day we were passing grillion dollar plastic bikes. There were a total of maybe two hills, each was maybe 100 feet of climbing. I passed someone in full lycra pushing an expensive plastic bike, and it was all I could do to not ask "how much did you pay for that thing?"

The first mile or so was treacherous, big groups of bikes wandering around on the road. A quarter mile in I saw a woman on a brand new bike laying down sideways, clipped into her pedals, not knowing how to get out. I think Johnny stopped and helped her out. I believe it's a huge disservice overselling beginner cyclists and making them think that they need to have clipless pedals to ride a bike. From what I saw it appeared to be that way.

We saw a nice LeJeune, a Della Santa, and a Jack Taylor tandem that I'd seen before two years ago when we rode this thing, but other than that it felt that we were singularly holding down the C&V fort out on the course.

nlerner 04-29-19 03:06 PM

Nice job, gents. I was going to say something about the fashion statement that @johnnyace was making by not wearing socks, but now that I've learned those were deck shoes, I'm relieved.

And, @gugie, I would have eaten that cookie, too.

johnnyace 04-29-19 03:16 PM


Originally Posted by gugie (Post 20906486)
The first mile or so was treacherous, big groups of bikes wandering around on the road. A quarter mile in I saw a woman on a brand new bike laying down sideways, clipped into her pedals, not knowing how to get out. I think Johnny stopped and helped her out. I believe it's a huge disservice overselling beginner cyclists and making them think that they need to have clipless pedals to ride a bike. From what I saw it appeared to be that way.

We saw a nice LeJeune, a Della Santa, and a Jack Taylor tandem that I'd seen before two years ago when we rode this thing, but other than that it felt that we were singularly holding down the C&V fort out on the course.

I did stop to help her out, she couldn't get out of her pedals. I was a bit taken aback when I first saw her, as I couldn't understand what had happened for her to fall over, and then it registered, "Ah, the pedals." She wasn't able to get a foot out until I picked her up. Fortunately, she was otherwise unhurt.

As for the bikes, it was funny when one older gentleman looked at us and said, "Looks like you guys decided to pull the vintage bikes out of the garage!" Well yeah, because that's all we've got! As Andy put it, "Otherwise known as 'the bikes.'"

gugie 04-29-19 03:28 PM


Originally Posted by johnnyace (Post 20906594)
I did stop to help her out, she couldn't get out of her pedals. I was a bit taken aback when I first saw her, as I couldn't understand what had happened for her to fall over, and then it registered, "Ah, the pedals." She wasn't able to get a foot out until I picked her up. Fortunately, she was otherwise unhurt.

As for the bikes, it was funny when one older gentleman looked at us and said, "Looks like you guys decided to pull the vintage bikes out of the garage!" Well yeah, because that's all we've got! As Andy put it, "Otherwise known as 'the bikes.'"

I was very tempted to yell out to Johnny, as he pulled us pass yet another group of plastic bikes, "hey, Johnny, how much you pay for that bike?", and he'd yell back, "Two-fiddy*, Gugie! Two-fiddy!"

*I'm not sure how much he paid for that Italvega, it may have been less...

ryansu 04-29-19 03:42 PM


Originally Posted by Pompiere (Post 20905657)
About the cookies, are they called Monster Cookies because of their size, or the recipe? My family has had a recipe for Monster Cookies for many years. They are called Monster Cookies because they combine all the best cookie ingredients into one cookie. They have chocolate chips, M&Ms, oatmeal, and peanut butter. Also the original recipe was so big, it required a huge bowl to mix it up.

They are called that because every cookie is hand crafted by this guy, its a miracle they don't all get eaten before the ride :D

https://cimg4.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...8c08031576.jpg

johnnyace 04-29-19 03:52 PM


Originally Posted by nlerner (Post 20906579)
Nice job, gents. I was going to say something about the fashion statement that @johnnyace was making by not wearing socks, but now that I've learned those were deck shoes, I'm relieved.

Haha, I keep threatening to buy a pair of proper cycling shoes (haven't owned any since I quit racing in the 80s), but I will not go back to toe clips or SPDs. I just don't find any practical need for them, any more.

ryansu 04-29-19 03:52 PM


Originally Posted by gugie (Post 20906486)
A final tought, @johnnyace was at the front of our little gruppetto for a good period of the day, wearing non-cycling shorts and a pair of deck shoes pushing some rat trap pedals, no clips. All day we were passing grillion dollar plastic bikes. There were a total of maybe two hills, each was maybe 100 feet of climbing. I passed someone in full lycra pushing an expensive plastic bike, and it was all I could do to not ask "how much did you pay for that thing?"

The first mile or so was treacherous, big groups of bikes wandering around on the road. A quarter mile in I saw a woman on a brand new bike laying down sideways, clipped into her pedals, not knowing how to get out. I think Johnny stopped and helped her out. I believe it's a huge disservice overselling beginner cyclists and making them think that they need to have clipless pedals to ride a bike. From what I saw it appeared to be that way.

We saw a nice LeJeune, a Della Santa, and a Jack Taylor tandem that I'd seen before two years ago when we rode this thing, but other than that it felt that we were singularly holding down the C&V fort out on the course.

On the Tour De Lopez on the 27th it was mostly new century bikes, I spotted two Rivs during the ride and what I think was an 82 Fuji Supreme as I was walking back to the parking lot, that said I did notice a handful of old steel MTBs on the course. Since we had to A) arrive by ferry and B) get routed to packet pick up about 1 mile in it broke things up quite a bit and there were 4 routes so that staggered things too. I really don't miss STP style mass starts or trying not to fall while clipping out of my clipless pedals, I was the person on the ground a time or two :lol:. No Monster cookies but there was a beer garden with local brew.


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