Alfalfa Bill - Tishomingo, OK

Old 09-18-07, 08:21 PM
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Alfalfa Bill - Tishomingo, OK

Anyone ridden the Alfalfa Bill Century (100 miles). Curious if the terrain is hilly or reasonably flat, what kind of rest stops they have etc.
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haven't ridden that ride, but drive through Tishomingo regularly. Terrain is rolling hills,
some good climbs I'd imagine. Very nice farm country with decent roads.

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Ride Report. Only about 60ish riders at this rally and minimum facilaties. Not the big hooplah, pomp and circumstance I've come to expect around the Dallas rallies. The people were genuine, friendly, and laid back. They were very proud of their town and it's history, giving tours in the local museum after the ride. Great homeade Alfalfa Bill cookies and a long sleeve Alfalfa Bill T-Shirt.

As for the ride itself, rest stops about every 15 miles, water only, cookies, bananas, and pickles. No porta potties. You had to use the small stores along the route. Scenery was great, VERY hilly, Extremely windy, mostly rough chipseal. Did the 100k in about 4 hrs and was dog tired at the end. The wind made it feel like I was riding underwater, up all those hills. If you stopped pedaling downhill the wind blew you backwards (or so it felt).

If you like the ammenities of the large town rallies, this one isnt for you. If you like laid back, friendly, country atmosphere with great scenery and a challenging ride you might try this one next year.
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I REALLY enjoyed this rally. Maybe it's still the love affair with the new carbon bike, but I don't recall all the rough chipseal. I was really impressed, actually, with the stretch of highway 7 where the road was chipseal, but the shoulder was not.

Once we brave souls made the cut for the century, we had very personal support... 2 support vehicles with water and snacks for 5 riders - 3 finished.

I had been gunning for a sub 6, and was on pace, but once the winds picked up past 17 per with gusts to god knows what, I switched gears to "I'll be thrilled to finish" mode, and was pretty darned happy with a 6:25 time for 103 miles.

Like Simonite said... it's low key, but VERY friendly! Highly recommended.
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