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Peloton Project Fund Raiser Ride: Greenville, SC on Sept. 24

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An event associated with the LAF Tour of Hope/Peloton Project...

Organized by the Greenville Spinners Bicycle Club. See their site for registration info, etc.

No online registration option, but today I called the number on the registration form and the guy took my registration over the phone in a minute...

Should be a good ride through some beautiful country. (Good and hilly: You can see the Appalachians from downtown.) No route sheet on their site yet.....

There is a 25-mile, a Family Ride, and a Metric.

[Greenville is on I-85 between Charlotte (1.5 hours) and Atlanta (3 hours)]
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Thanks for the support Ostuni (and the plug)! I knew there was another South Carolinian out there. Since you are now a metric century veteran, will you be doing the metric on this one? I think it will be a great ride. Alright, there have to be more of you out there close to Greenville. Who else wants to step up and support a great cause, and have a great time doing it?
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i'm a couple hours away. If i can find someone else to go then I may show.
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Originally Posted by Plainsman
Thanks for the support Ostuni (and the plug)! I knew there was another South Carolinian out there. Since you are now a metric century veteran, will you be doing the metric on this one? I think it will be a great ride. Alright, there have to be more of you out there close to Greenville. Who else wants to step up and support a great cause, and have a great time doing it?
hey plainsman - are you with the gsbc? slick web site you got there... and the club looks like a happening organization....

first heard about this from a flyer that was on my windshield after the tour de paws.... at the time i was still cross-eyed and out of breath from the ride and did not plan on doing it, but a post from another spartanburg bf member on the tdp thread got me going....

will do the metric for sure. and have a late start but hope to raise $200 for the cause....

hope to meet some other bf members down there.....
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i'm a couple hours away. If i can find someone else to go then I may show.

Would love to have you ride in our neck of the woods timhines. Bring friends!
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Originally Posted by Ostuni
hey plainsman - are you with the gsbc? slick web site you got there... and the club looks like a happening organization....

first heard about this from a flyer that was on my windshield after the tour de paws.... at the time i was still cross-eyed and out of breath from the ride and did not plan on doing it, but a post from another spartanburg bf member on the tdp thread got me going....

will do the metric for sure. and have a late start but hope to raise $200 for the cause....

hope to meet some other bf members down there.....

Yep, I'm a Spinner. Thanks for the compliment on the website. Those in charge have really worked hard on it. This is year one for this ride, so we don't have the benefit from word of mouth from previous years. Heard there was a great turnout at the TDP. Hated to miss it. Hope your fundraising goes well. See you in Greenville!
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Originally Posted by timhines
i'm a couple hours away. If i can find someone else to go then I may show.
i'll be someone else! i'll meet you at the big peach in gaffney!
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Would love to help but will be spinning my way to the beach. Maybe next year they can do it the week after the Breakaway to the Beach ride.

Ostuni....next ride down that way?
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...Ostuni....next ride down that way?
The next Saturday. Oct. 1 here in Spartanburg. The Ride for Diabetes. A metric. Leaves from the Milliken campus right off Business 85. I've got the flyer at the office and will forward the contact/registration info if you're interested? If you (or any other member) can make that let me know and we'll meet up?
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I plan on joining in on this ride, though I'll be sticking with the 25 mile route. I have yet to try a metric century and though I feel I could finish it, I don't know how long it would take.

Maybe one of you can give me some details on where this Bowater parking garage is? Most of my Greenville experiences revolve around EarShot and the India Palace, but I have been downtown a few times. It looks like I need to take 385 to Church St, take a left and start looking on the left?

Feel free to give me a holler; I'll be the rather tall (6'8") guy in a gray jersey with a blue Cannondale R900 and I'll likely have a confused look about me.
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Originally Posted by Hickabod
I plan on joining in on this ride, though I'll be sticking with the 25 mile route. I have yet to try a metric century and though I feel I could finish it, I don't know how long it would take.

Maybe one of you can give me some details on where this Bowater parking garage is? Most of my Greenville experiences revolve around EarShot and the India Palace, but I have been downtown a few times. It looks like I need to take 385 to Church St, take a left and start looking on the left?

Feel free to give me a holler; I'll be the rather tall (6'8") guy in a gray jersey with a blue Cannondale R900 and I'll likely have a confused look about me.
hope to see you there.... i'll be the rather short (5'8") guy in some flavor of solid performance jersey on a silver motobecane... if we park inthe same vicinity, i'm in a black f150 4x4....

those are the same directions i was gonna try - and at 7:30 am on a saturday should not be hard to find...

have you seen a route sheet?
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I have a couple of cue sheets in my bag but I can't remember now if they were for the Tour of Hope or the Tour de Leaves. It makes little difference since I usually get lost, so I'll be hoping to stick with the group (even if it's the slower group).

It looks like I might be wearing a Moon Pie jersey instead. Three cheers to last minute gifts!

I hope to run into you Ostuni. It would be nice to put a name to a face on these forums.
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i called carolina triathlon and they faxed a cue sheet... for all the good that did: the streets are mysteries to me... did notice an ominous reference to a 'grunt hill' somewhere around mile 35....

okay, i'll be on the lookout for the 6'8" moonpie.....

and, umm, is that your picture on the avatar there....? if so, will make you even easier to find.....
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Any COLA BF members out there willing to drive a pauper student? I spent my student loans on a bike... and the car suffers.

Looks like a great ride, thanks for posting...
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Originally Posted by Tio
...I spent my student loans on a bike...
excellent investment in your future, young man.... hope you can get up here for the ride - good luck!
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Originally Posted by Hickabod
I plan on joining in on this ride, though I'll be sticking with the 25 mile route. I have yet to try a metric century and though I feel I could finish it, I don't know how long it would take.

Maybe one of you can give me some details on where this Bowater parking garage is? Most of my Greenville experiences revolve around EarShot and the India Palace, but I have been downtown a few times. It looks like I need to take 385 to Church St, take a left and start looking on the left?

Feel free to give me a holler; I'll be the rather tall (6'8") guy in a gray jersey with a blue Cannondale R900 and I'll likely have a confused look about me.
385 turns into North street. Take Spring street on the left. Spring turns into Falls Street, and shortly thereafter, Bowater is on your right. Once you hit downtown, you are only a few minutes away. For landmarks, Bowater garage is right down from the Greenville News building, and near the end of the new pedestrian bridge at Falls Park. Look forward to seeing you at the Registration Table - I'll be the 6'-1" guy, and don't mistake my look for confusion, that's just my natural expression
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The Church street route will work too if you are more familiar. Might keep you out of the Main street jumble as well. 385, left on church, right on Washington, left on on Spring, straight into Falls St with Bowater Garage on right. Perhaps a better route.
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Originally Posted by Ostuni
and, umm, is that your picture on the avatar there....? if so, will make you even easier to find.....
Put some glasses on and it would be scarily close.

Thanks for the directions Plainsman and good luck finding a way up Tio.
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I'm glad I opted for the 26 mile route. The combination of that heat and those hills would have put a whoopin' on me. It was nice to meet you Plainsman, maybe next time Ostuni. Were you able to make it? I hope you weren't that guy that ate it in that hairpin turn. I'm appreciative of the folks on the side of the ride hollering "SLOW DOWN!" It was much needed. Still those were some of the best rolling hills I've ridden to date.

Here's a picture I took with my phone from the start. It's not the clearest pic, but still better than nothing.
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i got there around 7:40. parked on the road up the hill from bowater....

think i saw plainsman at registration but he was doing 3 things at the same time... and looked around for you but no luck - how hard could it have been to spot a 6'8" moonpie with a monkey face??

i was toward the front of the group at the start - possibly a blue smudge with a white helmet up on the right..?

was amazed at how many fell out so quickly with flats and wrecks.... saw 2 guys wreck, and there were people flatting in the parking lot as they took their bikes off their racks...

awesome ride, and a great event well-organized by the gville spinners.... hats off to your club plainsman - great stuff....when the guy making the start announcements mentioned how much money was raised i got a little weepy there...

speaking of tears, i hereby submit that 'grunt hill' be renamed to something more descriptive... not sure what, but the new name should contain profanity and a more severe reference to physical duress..... i managed to climb it without stopping or walking, but i'll never be the same....

hope someday to finish a metric when the temperature is below 90 degrees.... the morning was brilliant, wasn't it? but that heat later on wasn't funny....

hickabod, holler if you can do the milliken ride for diabetes next saturday? maybe we can meet for a pre-ride breakfast...
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I'm glad you both could make it. Hickabod, it was great to meet you. Ostuni, perhaps we'll meet at another event. Thanks for the kind words, we were all very pleased with how the event turned out, and especially with the funds that were raised for the LAF. If you are around on the 5th of October, we would love to have you around for Tour of Hope Celebration. If you submitted email addresses when you registered, you should be getting more info. Ostuni, this was my first metric, and when I reached grunt hill, I felt the term "grunt" was a mild description. Best Wishes on the diabetes ride on Saturday!
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Originally Posted by Plainsman
...If you are around on the 5th of October, we would love to have you around for Tour of Hope Celebration....
i'll try to make that... if i heard the guy making announcements at the start correctly, having raised $255 means i get to participate in some way?

btw, this morning on my usual early sunday morning ride i saw a guy wearing the jersey from yesterday (could not have been hickabod - this guy was not of nba-like height...)....

if you were the guy at the registration desk i thought was you, then you must have jumped over that counter and changed and jumped onto a bike pretty quick to do the metric?

again, great work by the gville spinners on the event organization (and getting the jerseys there on time!) - it was a terrific day, a fun ride, and a nice thing to be part of...
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