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Anybody doing the Great River Ride ? 110miles In Mass. In October

Old 08-31-05, 10:40 AM
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Anybody doing the Great River Ride ? 110miles In Mass. In October

Here's a link to their site: http://newhorizonsbikes.com/site/page.cfm?PageID=161

The ride is on October 9th. Supposedly there's approx. 8,000 feet of climbing
It'll be my first century in years.......I found this ride and many other New England centuries on this site:

CRANE (Century Rides Across New England) http://www.geocities.com/ne_century_rides/

Not only does it have many rides listed, there are rider reviews of many as well. It also has links to rides longer than 100 miles too.

I'd like to hear from some other New England century riders about this or other local centuries.
Anyone do the Mt. Washington Hill Climb and/or Mt. Washington Century ?
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Thanks for the post, looks like a great ride and luckily there is time enough for me to schedule some vacation time to go.
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.....from Oregon ???

I'm worried about finding time to drive 2 hours up from Connecticut.....

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Thanks for the post, looks like a great ride and luckily there is time enough for me to schedule some vacation time to go.
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Heh, well my best friend lives in Pittsfield so I can also use the time to visit her. Multi-tasking so to speak.
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Yep, I'm doing it again this year. It is an awesome ride with the best food of any ride... ever! The meal at the end is catered and everythig. Oh, and the baked potato lunch stop! Mmmmm. I guess there is some riding too

I did the profile using last year's cue sheet and came up with 9,300 ft of climbing. There's this one town called Peru up there, makes you feel like you're in the Andes

Sign up before Sept 11 (?) and get a t-shirt as well as the water bottle. I was talking with the lady at the shop that puts this ride on and she said it goes up to $40 after that date and then $50 day-of. She also mentioned that they did more paving along the route they usually use!! Hopefully the weather will be nice then.
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JoeOxfordCT,

I might be doing the GRR this year - the weather is the determining factor for me. It is a beautiful and challenging route, but when it's cold and wet in the Berkshires - it is bone chilling and the wet leaves kinda feel like the road was just buttered!! Fortunately, this ride does not have a lot of winding, twisting descents and is more doable with leaves down provided you are cautious.

The Sound Cyclists Fall Harvest Ride has many turns on narrow descents and can get (and has gotten) ugly for some - especially those pacelines. But the Fall Harvest ride is September 18th, so it is now earlier than the foliage peak.

Check out the recent thread regarding the Blazing Saddles Century http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread.php?t=133960 ... there are some New England Century listings and links in the responses that may be of interest to you.

BTW mirona, the baked potatoes in Peru rock!
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Last year it was dry and the roads were clear of leaves. I don't remember being worried about that in the least. It could be a totally different story this year. Make sure, if you do go, to dress for the cold weather. The morning start was burrrrr cold. Leave enough room for that baked potato.
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Originally Posted by spindog
I might be doing the GRR this year - the weather is the determining factor for me.
Note to self: keep climbing legs in shape for another six weeks this year!
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I am going for sure, with a few friends as well. It sounds like a great century.
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Originally Posted by mirona
Last year it was dry and the roads were clear of leaves. I don't remember being worried about that in the least. It could be a totally different story this year. Make sure, if you do go, to dress for the cold weather. The morning start was burrrrr cold. Leave enough room for that baked potato.
I missed it last year. That's probably why you had good weather
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Yeah, I keep noticing all the little comments about the cold. I am going to make sure I bring enough cold weather stuff that I can shed during the ride if need be.

I actually wore a long sleeved shirt this morning for my morning 10 miler before work.....it's barely light enough now @ 5:50am when I head out the door... I have my tailight going already but I have to fit my headlight mount to my new bike for next week..

Below is my baby, rigid fork is coming in this weekend, (Surly Instigator). 46t chainring went on last weekend.


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Last year it was dry and the roads were clear of leaves. I don't remember being worried about that in the least. It could be a totally different story this year. Make sure, if you do go, to dress for the cold weather. The morning start was burrrrr cold. Leave enough room for that baked potato.
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Hey Spindog,

Where in CT are you from ?


Originally Posted by spindog
JoeOxfordCT,

I might be doing the GRR this year - the weather is the determining factor for me. It is a beautiful and challenging route, but when it's cold and wet in the Berkshires - it is bone chilling and the wet leaves kinda feel like the road was just buttered!! Fortunately, this ride does not have a lot of winding, twisting descents and is more doable with leaves down provided you are cautious.

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Check out the recent thread regarding the Blazing Saddles Century http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread.php?t=133960 ... there are some New England Century listings and links in the responses that may be of interest to you.

BTW mirona, the baked potatoes in Peru rock!

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Originally Posted by JoeOxfordCT
Hey Spindog,

Where in CT are you from ?

I live to the Northeast of Hartford in South Windsor, CT.
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