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Old 04-14-16, 03:23 PM
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MS Society just posted an update saying ride is a go for now (See below). I suspect the update tomorrow morning will tell us whether day 2 is a go or not. If there is a more than insignificant risk of severe weather along the route before about 2pm, I suspect they will cancel based on similar conditions and decisions in the past with the Dallas ride. Enjoy that tailwind on day 1!

EVENT WEEKEND UPDATE - THURSDAY
Updated | April 14, 2016

At this time, the BP MS 150 will commence as scheduled. We are continuing to monitor and evaluate the weather for each day, and are encouraged by Saturday’s forecast at this time there may some rain but there is still that tailwind! We know many of you are keeping a close eye on the forecast as well, and may be concerned about the weather for Sunday. BP MS 150 organizers are working diligently to make preparations should there be any impact on the event. The safety of everyone - cyclists, volunteers, supporters and staff - is our primary concern. We’ll continue to provide updates to help you best decide your personal readiness for the weekend. We know our cyclists have put in a lot of training and fundraising efforts, and we want to provide the best experience for a safe, fun and rewarding weekend. We will provide another update on the BP MS 150 Facebook and at www.bpms150.net by 10 a.m. CST on Friday, 4/15. You can stay connected over the weekend through text message alerts text BP to 68686 (standard message & data rates may apply). Recorded updates will also be available on the BP MS 150 Hotline - 844-490-9653. Your continued patience, understanding and support are greatly appreciated!
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The bike shop gave my bike a quick once-over and tuned up the front and rear derailleurs this afternoon. I bought some new Lizardskins and will install them tomorrow. The maps are loaded into the Garmin already. I've never used that function and know I won't need to, but I thought it might come in handy for break point distance. I'm sure I'll forget to do or pack something tomorrow. We are leaving out of Waller, so hopefully I'll avoid Sheriff Roscoe P. Coltrane.
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1 day of riding is better than 0. You think Tully will be crowded since some riders may want to get some more miles?
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Glad to hear the first day is a go. While I'd love to finally be able to do the whole ride some day (last year's shortened ride was my first MS 150), at least I can look forward to completing my first century.
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Old 04-15-16, 09:24 AM
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I have a bad feeling about Sunday. I'm sure the announcement will come after we are all cold and wet from out night of camping in the rain and thunder. Hopefully those Academy tents are waterproof.
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Day 2 cancelled details to come...

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I guess I'll ride 20 something miles this afternoon and make it a Metric MS 150.
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Man, two years in a row. What suck. I blame global warming.
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Hope everyone riding gets the full ride in.

Last MS150 I did was way back in 2001 or 2002. Like anyone who's ridden a number of years (6 for me), I've ridden in all sorts of weather. The most "exciting" was my first - 1992 I believe. Weather was so bad, we watched a huge weather spout over Fayette County lake. Torrential rain but essentially no lightening in the near vicinity. They kept us riding on. Guess they are more cautious these days.
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I imagine it is the potential lightning that is the major concern.
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Would love to see pics and hear any fun stories or about the ride in general and finishing in La Grange today
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Would love to see pics and hear any fun stories or about the ride in general and finishing in La Grange today
https://www.google.com/?gws_rd=ssl#q...as+MS+150+pics
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Old 04-17-16, 05:58 AM
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The ride was perfect. The riding partner and I left the Waller start point around 8:00. The tailwind was helpful as we averaged 18.8 mph for most of the ride. We probably could have pushed harder, but there was no reason. The weather was nice, the rest stops plentiful and well stocked and the people were friendly. No issues whatsoever with traffic or authorities. The lunch stop did have a new Clif energy packet called "Pizza Marghertita. Basically it was tomato paste in a packet. Ugh... I tried it out if stupid curiosity and to amuse the strangers at my table.

La Grange was nice. It was my first La Grange experience as last year was my first MS150. We didn't have a team tent and due to layoffs earlier in the week, the "team" pretty much fractured into two different factions. My wife met me there with my truck and after I changed in my Academy tent, we did a slow tour of the grounds before we decided to leave around 3:00.

I've turned into an old fogey in my fitness journey. Sitting around drinking beer after the ride for several hours didn't appeal to me. After getting into my tent to change, I don't think I would have enjoyed sleeping in that thing during the potential storms. Then again, I may have just enjoyed it. I liked being about to shuttle myself and my bike back to the high school so I didn't have to ride that 2.5 miles in crazy traffic to load into my truck. Since we left early, I don't know how the weather was later and overnight.

I did see several MS150 riders heading the opposite direction towards the end of the ride. I don't know if they were superstars determined to ride back to their respective starting points in a headwind or if they were doing an extra smaller loop for additional miles.
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It was a wonderful ride. I started just north of Tully and rolled in with 98.3 miles on my Garmin. I debated riding another 1.7 miles to bag my first century but am less OCD these days and didn't want to brave an extra loop with the traffic around the finish in La Grange. The tailwind made a huge difference, and I ended up averaging 2 mph faster than my usual pace on training rides even with the substantially greater distance. The last 5 miles as we turned into the wind on the final approach to La Grange were a reminder of how tough the ride would have been under normal circumstances. I have to admit that I was nervous before the ride because the longest ride I had done before was in the 65 mile range (last year's MS 150) and it was hard to imagine tacking on an extra 30-35 miles, particularly when my training this year was less than ideal. But I took it easy, had a huge tailwind pushing me along, and riding with a big group of people the entire way made it less of a grind.

The rest stops were a lot of fun - lots of loud music, energy, and snacks. The volunteers were terrific - very friendly and encouraging. Snow cones at the Deloitte stop were awesome. If I could figure out how to get all of my fluid intake via snow cone, I'd never have to worry about dehydration. Fayetteville was just as great as people told me. The residents were out in full force cheering everyone on, and riding through a storm of bubbles created by a bubble-making machine picked me up even though I was starting to tire. And, as usual, the people cheering along the route who had MS or family/friends with MS thanking us for riding were an inspiration and helped make it a very special day for me.

In a way, I'm glad the second day was canceled. It's been frustrating that each of the two years I've signed up for the MS 150, one of the days has been canceled, but I can now say that I've done the MS 150 - it just took me a year. I also think the organizers, faced with a hard decision, made the right one. Riding in the rain, especially heavy rain, would have been dangerous with riders of all skill levels riding so closely together. Braking at intersections and - at one point - a 90 degree left turn right at the bottom of a hill would have resulted in a number of individual and group crashes, I'm sure. While it would be nice to say I rode the complete MS 150, it's ultimately about the cause and I'm happy to have participated, shortened ride or not.

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Sounds great!

Did they make the right call today? I was up in NJ but finally was able to look at the radar once my plane landed back here in Houston and it looked like there was some gnarly **** to the east of Austin.
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Man, if what was supposed to go through Austin and the ride route was anything like what we just went through on the west side, they made the right choice. We were without power for almost 2 hours but didn't need it because the lightning was absurd!
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Sounds great!

Did they make the right call today? I was up in NJ but finally was able to look at the radar once my plane landed back here in Houston and it looked like there was some gnarly **** to the east of Austin.
They absolutely made the right call! Between about 11 am and 2pm, the area around and west of Bastrop got about 5 inches of rain. That would have been a disaster with 5-10 thousand riders in the middle of it. I know a few folks might have been able to finish ahead of the storms, but the vast majority of the riders would have been somewhere in the middle of those storms.

As for the ride, it was a blast for me. I took it easy and rode with my wife all day long. She was riding hard and was pretty sore afterward, but we finished the day with a 17.7 mph avg for 94 miles. By far her fastest day one ever.
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Well let's start crossing our fingers for next year
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They absolutely made the right call! Between about 11 am and 2pm, the area around and west of Bastrop got about 5 inches of rain. That would have been a disaster with 5-10 thousand riders in the middle of it. I know a few folks might have been able to finish ahead of the storms, but the vast majority of the riders would have been somewhere in the middle of those storms.

As for the ride, it was a blast for me. I took it easy and rode with my wife all day long. She was riding hard and was pretty sore afterward, but we finished the day with a 17.7 mph avg for 94 miles. By far her fastest day one ever.
17.7? That is a fast avg.

I saw y'all waiting at a parking lot on FM 529 near Barker Cypress. I waved but y'all didn't see me.
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It was a fantastic ride. The tailwind was perfect. Nice cloud cover kept it cool. My bike didn't break down too much. The riders were courteous and pretty professional, all things considered.

I get the feeling a bunch of people didn't do the ride at all. LaGrange was pretty empty compared to 2 years ago, even before the buses headed back to Houston. The big oil companies seemed to have smaller teams this year. I saw a bunch of empty or near empty tents.

Saint Arnold and Karbach had a good time, though. The Saint Arnold support crew (all volunteers) are the best. As soon as I stepped off my bike they handed me a cold Art Car IPA. That's a great tasting beer after a 100 mile ride. They cooked perfect beef, pork and chicken tacos, boudin, and had massive quantities of kolaches, klobasniky and hot coffee ready as soon as we woke up Sunday morning.

I planned to party all night, but I'm older than I think I am. By 6pm I was very sleepy. I still had a great time and can't wait to do it again.
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I get the feeling a bunch of people didn't do the ride at all. LaGrange was pretty empty compared to 2 years ago, even before the buses headed back to Houston. The big oil companies seemed to have smaller teams this year. I saw a bunch of empty or near empty tents.
No "seemed" about it! Half the oil industry has been laid off. We actually had a layoff on Thursday/Friday, the day before the ride - and lost 1 or 2 folks from the already tiny company team.
I think a lot of people, with either being already out of work, or the potential for being out of work at any moment, kept them from paying to register, and paying the $400 fundraising, or asking already out of work people to donate.

It was not a good year overall for raising money. Our company, though small, did not sponsor the team this year. And I think a lot of the big companies cut waaayy back.

So I'm not surprised there were a lot of empty tents.

I'm thinking of riding with Blue Line next year.
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17.7? That is a fast avg.

I saw y'all waiting at a parking lot on FM 529 near Barker Cypress. I waved but y'all didn't see me.
Sorry I didn’t see you.We started from our house and were waiting at Clay and Barker Cypress for the rest of our team to come up Barker Cypress from their start location down at Park Row and I-10.We rode with them to the 2[SUP]nd[/SUP] breakpoint, then went on our own after that because they were taking too long at the BP.The numbers I heard were that they only had about 10000-11000 signed up.They usually allow about 16,000 to sign up, knowing that quite a few won’t actually ride, and have about 13,000 riders.This year, with only 11,000 signed up and the late changes to logistics due to the cancellation, I wouldn’t be surprised if we only had around 7500 or so actually riding.That is a shame, because it was a great day to ride with that tailwind.It did make for one good thing though…no lines for showers at Camp St Marks!Maybe it was finishing early too, but it was nice to walk right up and go into the shower truck instead of waiting in line for 30-60 mins as in years past.
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It was a fantastic ride. The tailwind was perfect. Nice cloud cover kept it cool. My bike didn't break down too much. The riders were courteous and pretty professional, all things considered.

I get the feeling a bunch of people didn't do the ride at all. LaGrange was pretty empty compared to 2 years ago, even before the buses headed back to Houston. The big oil companies seemed to have smaller teams this year. I saw a bunch of empty or near empty tents.

Saint Arnold and Karbach had a good time, though. The Saint Arnold support crew (all volunteers) are the best. As soon as I stepped off my bike they handed me a cold Art Car IPA. That's a great tasting beer after a 100 mile ride. They cooked perfect beef, pork and chicken tacos, boudin, and had massive quantities of kolaches, klobasniky and hot coffee ready as soon as we woke up Sunday morning.

I planned to party all night, but I'm older than I think I am. By 6pm I was very sleepy. I still had a great time and can't wait to do it again.

Didn't realize there was another Saint Arnold team member on here. Glad to see you had a good time. I had to head back Saturday night because my wife gave me the ultimatum that if I skipped out on two different ride offers to come back on Saturday simply because I wanted to stay the night in the tent, I was SOL on her coming to get me Sunday morning.
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I will most likely be looking for a new team next year. My current team was down to eight members. One of those was laid off by the company earlier in the week, so half the team, including three current employees decided not to wear the team kits in some sort of unseen protest. Once wind of that hits corporate, any remaining support for the team will evaporate. I don't know if I want to ride for a team like St. Arnold or Karbach for the atmosphere and fun or ride for a team where my friend is captain.

I just want to ride both days of these years.
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I work for a small company. Only two of us bike, and the other guy refuses to ride the MS 150 because of the dangerous amateurs. So I signed up with Saint Arnold for the 2014 season and have had a blast every year. This last year was by far the best, though, since they organized rides all year long, and provided plentiful post-ride hydration. Everyone is very supportive. I really hope they do team rides all year again.
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