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Old 10-31-09, 12:18 PM
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Looking forward to riding tonight. My wife and I will be volunteering at the packet pickup table beforehand.
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Old 10-31-09, 03:23 PM
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I'm jealous of those of you riding it. Although a little cool, the weather will be awesome. Calm, clear skies. One of these years I have to get the inlaws to visit the weekend of the Ramble to watch the kids so the wife and I can go ride.
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Old 10-31-09, 04:14 PM
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Can anyone please advise on what would be a good arrival time at GRB for those wishing to register at GRB?
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Old 10-31-09, 05:04 PM
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I did a morning check the bike and cold weather clothes ride with kwrides this morning. I am set for tonight. I will leave from a friends house at midnight and will ride to the GRB expecting to arrive at 1. I hope I can get a catnap before time to leave.

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Old 11-01-09, 05:17 AM
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Let's hear the ride report! How was it?
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Old 11-01-09, 09:38 AM
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I am just waking up from the ramble. I made it home and in bed by 5:00 am . Pardon any typing or spelling mistakes, I am still half asleep.

I drove to my friends apt off Windrock and Westheimer. We left at midnight to get to the GRB. The only incident was my light ( I glued it to the mounting bracket after the Sat morning ride) ejected itself on the road leaving my lightless until I could get a fix at the GRB. We arrived to find my friend unloading his bike - what luck.

The GRB area had all sorts of bikes and charaters riding those bikes. I had planned to take pictures with a digital camera, but let it in the car. It really was a sight to see. I picked up my packet & number. I went to the REI support tent and they gave me some eletrical tape to secure my light to the mount. I left the packet in my friends car and stripped off a long t-shirt that I thought might be needed. It was actually 4 degrees warmer than the Sat morning ride.

Right at 1:59 am the event started. They let chunks of riders out every minute of so it spread the pack out. The problem was there was all sorts of traffic downtown and we hit every light. A big issue is the various speeds, skill level, and attention of some of the riders. i did not like the tight pack that we someitmes had to ride in . Several times I had to move over or make so sort of course corrected because another rider(s) were not paying attention to whatthey were doing. The starts from a light were always interesting. At one point I thought we were going to be delayed by the train in Bellaire, but as we approached the train finished crossing the the riders waiting had time to accelerate through the crossing. The rest stop was at Sports Authority by the Galleria. It took 1 hour 20 minutes to get half way. Between lights and slower riders, and car traffic it was a much slower than expected pace.

We left the rest stop before most of the pack left. We arrived very quickly at the GRB at 3:00 am. We finished the 2nd half of the course in less than 30 minutes. Since eveyone else was still at the rest stop and not many lights down Memorial and Allen Parkway, the pace was much faster. We stopped to rest after the ride, filled up with food and needed liquids. My friend loaded up his car and I left headed back to my other friends apt.

This return trip was at a much faster pace because I wanted to get home and I now had a functioning light. I made it to my friends apt by 4:20. With no traffic the pace was quick. I wasamazed to still see riders from the event heading to the GBR. By memorial park I saw the last of the Ramble riders trying to finish the event. I made it home unloaded the truck, changed and was in bed before 5. It was a long day, as I had gotten up at 6:00am Sat for my original ride.

Over all it was a very enjoyable event and I will do it again. The only negitive is long day it makes Saturday.

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Old 11-01-09, 02:46 PM
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Sounds like a good story to tell the kids someday!

How many riders were there? Sounds like a lot.
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Old 11-01-09, 03:38 PM
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Good ride got separated pretty early from half the group I rode with. Only issue this year I had was a sag/ride marshal chewed me out and belittled me it was really over the top. Somebody was in a mood.
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Old 11-01-09, 03:53 PM
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Originally Posted by aggarcia View Post
The only negitive is long day it makes Saturday.
The year I rode I had a friend tell me she goes to bed for a few hours, then gets up, rides, comes home and back to bed. I tried that and didn't sleep real well the period before the ride, as you might imagine.

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Only issue this year I had was a sag/ride marshal chewed me out and belittled me it was really over the top. Somebody was in a mood.
What did he chew you out over?
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Old 11-01-09, 06:26 PM
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I passed a group taking up the entire right lane got back in the right lane as soon as I could but the guy just went bezerk yelling at me not sure what his deal was even after I got in the right lane he still went off on me for like another minute. No biggie pretty used to having people yell at me from cars ignoring his rude comments was a natural. Won't keep me from riding the ramble next year.
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Old 11-01-09, 08:59 PM
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I overheard someone by the registration table mention 3K riders, but i have no idea is that is correct or not.

A lot of the rider issues were related to the crowd this draws. A lot of riders have never ridden an organized ride before and it showed. It payed to ride defensively.

The course marshalls and law enforecment personal were all polite. I also thanked them for their work atthe event. This event took a lot of manpower and planning to make it happen. It was a very well run event.

I never had anyone yell at me or any yelling occur around me, so from that aspect that was not a problem. I was toward the front half of the ride and tried to stay ahead of the pack as best I could. I did not like to ride close quarters for too long because of the inexperience of most of the riders. I tried to ride fast enough to keep some distance around me.
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Old 11-01-09, 10:50 PM
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Ditto on great conditions. For me at least, the start through downtown was much better this time than years past. My only issue, I need to figure out a better way of hauling my wife's 20 year old boombox.
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Old 11-01-09, 10:55 PM
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Almost forgot Belly dancers were at the half way point as usual, one of my personal favorites of the ride.
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Old 11-02-09, 04:14 PM
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Had a blast as usual.
Showed up at 8:30 (parking was horrible because of Discovery Green event... $10 event parking). Found free spot, unloaded bike, tooled around the Discovery Green thing, watched Ghostbusters on the big screen, people watched etc. About 9:30-10ish friends started showing up. Hung out with friends tailgating till 2am ride time. They were all injured... so I rode solo.

Got a nice "warm-up" sprinting light to light to make the green lights, and get in front of slow riders taking up 4 lanes. I'm SURE a ride marshal would've said something... but it's just too easy to duck and dive through a line of cruisers when on a track bike. And track standing at lights means I have a much quicker start than the group. Once it cleared I paced a group of 10ish doing ~16.5mph, but felt it was a little slow, so I stepped it up to 18. 5 of them jumped in behind me. Once in my own wind, I ended up slowing to about 17 for the rest of the first 1/2. I did find out I really shouldn't follow Mountain Bikes, even if not very close. He swerved/hopped and yelled "hole". I swerved (can't hop very far riding fixed gear) to the right (rider to my left) around the crater, ended up on the very tilted gutter concrete of a driveway, and then way closer to the curb than I would have liked. Kinda tilted the bike away from the curb to keep balance and avoid pedal strike. Definitely gave the nerves a jump start. Mostly, the roads were GREAT!

As I went past the rest stop, i noticed there were only THREE bikes there. I almost stopped just so they could see someone, but kept on riding. The trip back saw a pace not dropping below 17 at all. I was all warmed up, barely any stops. Also saw several groups taking up WAY too many lanes on Allen Parkway. Good thing I don't mind getting into the left-most lane I THINK I had caught the short route group.

I made one wrong turn... kinda. Some guy on a corner waving me left. I hesitated, then went left. Oh... wait, he was just flagging a taxi. Streets were empty, made a loop in the 4 lanes, and back on track right away. The only turn NOT marked well enough for me was the turn off for the short route. They didn't say a word till I was passing them, and the signs were in the dark.... but I was going straight anyways. A small light aimed at the signs would be golden... but then I'm just being picky, and watching out for others.

Rolled up to my truck, checked clock... 2:15am. I did the route in ~15min . Mid 15 avg and 1h 10m pedal time according to computer.

I did see all the crazies on the drive home... much rather that than on the ride. I had no vehicle problems on the ride at all.
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Old 11-04-09, 03:59 PM
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I was one of the injured that chevy42083 was referring to. Sucks that I didn't get to ride this year, but I'll be out next year for sure.

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Old 11-04-09, 05:42 PM
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I was one of the injured that chevy42083 was referring to. Sucks that I didn't get to ride this year, but I'll be out next year for sure.

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