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Ides Ride Highlights...LONG!!

Old 05-17-04, 08:09 AM
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Ides Ride Highlights...LONG!!

8:30AM, Columbus and Monroe, behind the Art Institute...

Lot's of track bikes!!! Several singlespeeds...hmm..what comes to mind...two guys showed up with a Trek Tandem. They were pretty hardcore cats, too...the stoker was blind!!! Super nice guys!

I believe there were 25 or so riders, and a handful of support crew. Drew was driving the Terd Van, this huge brown slag-wagon of a van. We loaded it up with spares and all the crap we didn't feel like hauling for 7 hours. Lots of coffee was consumed, some beer even, all before 10:00AM...

Marcus (of Yojimbo's, if ya didn't know) stopped by with "Survival Kits," which consisted of (at least what I can remember...)...he didn't make the trip with us, unfortunately...

fish hook
a drinking straw
patch
condom
iodine?
aspirin
ginseng extract
toothpick
rear derailleur bolt?
another (unidentifiable) bolt (to me, at least)
2 moovitz mints
dime
duct tape
rolling paper
dime
signalling mirror
Yojimbo's Garage Pin
another unidentied pill (at least to me)

Mayonnaise was there too, decked out in his custom style...he had lots of copies of Riding Fixed, which was super generous...

We received a map of Illinois, a manifest, and race rules...no rules, really, aside from no riding in cars, trains, busses, boats, planes, yada....Points were to be awarded for arriving first at the Kenosha velodrome, the only mandatory checkpoint, and The MIlwaukee Art Museum. Also, along the way, scavening for the following items scored you major points...

Golf Tee
Golf Ball
Golf Scorecard (I think)
Harley Davidson anything
1 page of smut (full penetration)
Receipts from food from different cities
Any proof of being in a city (I used my digicam and timestamp to snap pics on the way up, usually post offices/roadsigns...
newspaper from a different city
unscratched lottery tickets
drinking alcohol (10 points PER drink!)
full-map of state of Wisconsin
Metra train schedule
Metra weekend pass
acting drunk at the finish (judges discretion)
others which I can't think of....

We took off at 10:00am, headed north on Columbus...most everyone was drafting the tandem...those guys were HAULING ASS!!! Some turned west early, turns out, couple of guys headed straight to the Chicago Harley Store for major points....the rest, including the tandem and 16 or so riders stuck with the tandem, headed for the lake front path.

Four of us (included me) headed north through state, dearborn, la salle, finally onto clark, where we took Clark north through Lincoln Park, Lakeview, all the way to Evanston...decent headwind, we took turns pulling, and made some great time through Evanston...until...one hiccup..we were drafting, I was third, Matt was resting, when he spaced for a sec and we crossed wheels...he went down hard on his shoulder, thankfully he was all good, got straight up, we continued... we ended up on Sheridan west of Northwestern, and started to pass all the roadies (hundreds of them, throughout the day!!)... Our pace was fast...I was almost spinning out my 42x16...

I bonked in Winnetka (I think..), had to step off the bike for a sec, drink some fluids, eat a banana and pop tarts...climbed back on an hauled my ass to Highland Park, where a group of 4 caught up with me, and we had lunch at Einsteins, right across from Higher Gear in Highland Park..maybe a 30 min stop, for food, stretching, liquids, and chat.... That was at noon, right on the dot...

Four of us were track, Mayo was riding his roadie, started north on sheridan to Lake Forest, where I slowed a bit, to pace myself..I rode with Nick, a mechanic from Milwaukee, riding a singlespeed... he and I were both starting to feel it, and we stopped a couple times to load up on food, take pics for points...

Lake Bluff was interesting...we had several SUV drivers yell somethinge like "you want to share the road? well then there was a stop sign back there!"..mostly soccer moms...*****es...

We hopped onto a path running parallel to sheridan in Lake Bluff...was sheltered from the headwind, so, we made up some time...

Through North Chicago and Waukegan, we were on route 137, and in Waukegan, we rode for 2-3 miles on teh expressway, mostly by accident, mostly for ****s and giggles...

We hit Beach Park, then Zion and Winthrop Harbor...caught up with Sandro (sp?), an ex-mess from Chicago riding a Bernardi singlespeed...he bonked, so, we walked with him, ate some food, and we all recovered....

Feeling better, we took off for Wisconsin..Kenosha is one LONG freaking city, from North to South!!

Finally got to Kenosha Velodrome around 3:30. At that point, my knee was really hurting..called Drew, the slag driver, asked where he was, just in case I couldnt finish...turns out, the Tandem flatted in North Chicago, and had some other mechanical problems..too bad for those guys!!!!

So, he was an hour away, so, I figured funk it...keep going..Sandro and I snapped some pics of the velodrome, and headed north to Milwaukee... these last 3 hours were ROUGH!! I couldn't even clip in on the right side, my knee hurt that bad...route 32 in WI sucks, too!!

through Kenosha, Kenosha County, into Racine County and Racine...by the time we met Milwaukee County, the finish line had been moved to the after party site, the Palomino, 3000 block of south superior..

in South Milwaukee, at that point my hands were numb, I had bought a knee brace at Walgreens, but I still couldnt BARELY clip in, and I was bleeding from my tights rubbing my crotch...at LEAST my muscles weren't hurting too bad!!

We rolled into the Palomino Bar at 7:00pm exactly, turned in our manifests and scored some free cheese and beer soup, and burgers, beer, and Prizes!!

9 hours was rough! My calves are severely sunburned, and I could barely walk.. I duct taped ice to my knee while we recovered and prizes were handed out. First to Milwaukee, First Track to Milwaukee, Most Points (overall winner), DFL...although everyone walked out of there with a medal (this handmade metal sculpture, with a C--->M looking design...nothing super fancy, but somebody took a lot of time to hand make these!!!! so, i was stoked...) trophies were handmade, stacked up with oldstyle and schlitz cans...

prizes....hmmm..Grand Prize winner won two hours of work at a tattoo shop on the southside..deluxe tattoo, I think....

A nice felt handlebar was up for grabs, as was a Selle Italia SLR saddle, a HOT chrome bag from Upgrade Cycles in Chicago, with a CMWC XI/Seattle patch...it was the biggest size, red and black in color...

water bottles, couple lights, hats, a bell helmet, ulocks..everyone walked out with a couple of freebees...

My friend Matt (first track bike to Milwaukee), did it in 6 hours flat....he chose the bag, and in a generous gesture, offered it to me, for finishing my first century, on a track bike no less, still bleeding and icing up injuries...so, all in all, I scored some serious goodies, as did everyone...

I got to Milwaukee in 13th, out of 20 or so finishers. Not sure about the points, but I dont care..I was just happy to finish!!

After the after party, we headed over to Eric's place, an artist in Milwaukee (a messenger too, I think??). His loft was hot...super big, lots of space for everyone to crash. At midnight or so, we took off for a curly-Q contest...12 of us converged on a lonely parking structure with a 10 level spiral ramp...we mostly drank, although foot-down, beer-in-hand foot down, and skidding contests were discussed, we mostly just took in the view of the city, the nice weather, and chilled..

Drew, the host, skidded down almost half of the parking garage ramp, which was pretty hot!

I snapped some pics, and we all headed back to the loft to crash.

Bike Polo was in the works for Sunday, as was a 40 mile ride to Kenosha to pack the bikes in the wagon and Metra it back to the city...

My knee was throbbing so I hopped on an Amtrak train at 11AM Sunday morning, and was back home by 2PM...Those guys didnt get back until 9 or 10 Sunday night...long weekend and over 150 miles for those guys!!!

It felt great to get home, change clothes, and shower...and sleep..and eat...and watch a movie or 3..and sleep...

It turned out to be a great event...no major injuries, no casualties (serious, that is), and lots of good beer and food was consumed...

wish more of you were there...

randy
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Way to go Crusty. Nice job all around. You need more beer. Call...we'll hit Holiday or something this week
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Originally Posted by [165]
Way to go Crusty. Nice job all around. You need more beer. Call...we'll hit Holiday or something this week
ill call you tonight, aight? maybe we can schedule a ride Tuesday night? Or, Ill just meet you on the path, and we'll ride to the Holiday, and get a couple of drinks????
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damn that was long... gonna have to print it out for later
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Nice recap. Got the spirit of it all there. It was unseasonably cold this weekend though, but to me that equals a nicer ride. Props.
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Originally Posted by absntr
Nice recap. Got the spirit of it all there. It was unseasonably cold this weekend though, but to me that equals a nicer ride. Props.
thanks..cold??? it was PERFECT!! had on my first and second layer up top, and regular cargo shorts on the bottom...didnt really sweat all that much...

I mean, I didn't offend any of the Amtrakkers Sunday morning, even though I never got a chance to shower after the 100 miles and afterparty...

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Great recap. Sounded like it was fun. Wish I could have made it, at least for the post ride festivities.
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Originally Posted by crustedfish
thanks..cold??? it was PERFECT!! had on my first and second layer up top, and regular cargo shorts on the bottom...didnt really sweat all that much...

I mean, I didn't offend any of the Amtrakkers Sunday morning, even though I never got a chance to shower after the 100 miles and afterparty...

randy

It was way cold on the South Side (was watching a University of Chicago led-circus: recap here for those interested) - needed my winter jacket and gloves! Which was strange for a Saturday night in May. Up North was probably much better.
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