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Old 04-24-19, 06:14 AM
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MS150 Re-routeing

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There is a probability that the Katy start (Rhodes Stadium) will turn right when exiting the stadium and head North to the direction of Morton Rd instead of heading South to Highway 90 due to I-10 construction in Brookshire.
They are tearing down the FM1489 bridge crossing I-10 this weekend (West side of Brookshire). Traffic along old hwy 90 is expected to be heavy as cars try to get through the area. The Rhodes start is being re-routed to avoid it.


Leaving Rhodes Stadium, the ride goes North on Katy Hockley Cutoff and turns West on Morton. The route continues West on Morton to 362 where it turns South to BP1. It's the regular route after that.

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I love the MS150 but man I cannot wait for it to be over so all the dolts riding way too fast without signaling or calling out in terry hershey are gone. I mean, it's a short MUP with tons of walkers and joggers and dogs and these idiots just scream through it like they're racing in the Tour. As a rule abiding bike commuter I seriously despise these people.

I don't know why you even bother riding in THP when GBP is right frickin' there and its long and empty.

I hate people.
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I made it

I arrived in Houston and picked up my bike at the bike barn. I have it all together and even had time for lunch. Now time for a ride around Katy


Bike arrived A-OK


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Yesterday I rode around a bit and checked out the venues. Is Rhodes for high school?

Big stadium!


Dinner. Crawfish, yum.


Setting up for the expo.
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Weather is looking absolutely fabulous this year, thank goodness! I'll be rolling on day one with a 30 yr anniversary NWCC jersey on my *****en bright red Diamondback. rolling mostly solo. Say hi if ya see me!
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I rode about 45 miles checking out the local trails. Very nice. Hard to think it was all flooded.
This is the way too have crawfish.



Yum!


The expo was great.
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Have a fun and safe ride this weekend, y'all.
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So...?? How was it!
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Dat 2 start


Finnish



In the park
The ride was great. I had a great time. The 4-5% climbs were right in my wheelhouse. I averaged 17.5 each day. The pavement was like buttah. The ride through the park was spectacular. I loved the cheerleaders. The views were spectacular.

Fayettville was fun. Town folk just passing out beers. That was a first for me.

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I only saw about 8 single speed bikes and 2were fixed. There was a sweet Wabi and a serous looking Aveton with a tall gear. The best was a guy on a 53 high wheeler. I did not realize how wobbly they were underway .

BBQ chicken was the main meal at the BP150. It is the VIP meal at my home ride.

I had a great time. Thanks for the tips.

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Great weather, though the unexpected headwind the last 30 or so day 1 hurt a bit. Challenge route was awesome. First time I've gotten to do that for a variety of reasons. Bike/people shuttles at the finish was supper crappy yet again. Overall had a fantastic weekend!
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Horrible allergies this year kept me from training. I came very close to not riding. I was not prepared. But I rode it slowly and made it all the way. Had a good time. Will do it again next year if at all possible.
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First of all, thanks to all of you for riding and raising funds to beat MS! I was diagnosed with MS in 2006, so thank you for riding from all of us with MS.

We started at our house, which is about 94 miles from LaGrange. Joined the route at Clay and Barker Cypress. Day 1 sucked...3 flats...2 of them were slow leaks that took a while for me to realize that it shouldn't be that hard to ride. We rode very well, and averaged in the high 17s to Bellville, feeling good at lunch. After Nelsonville on Day 1, the heat and my MS combined to make it a real challenge for me, but I managed to finish in a very unexciting 9 hours. When the temp gets above about 78-80, it is like somebody flips a switch and fatigue just starts building in my legs. As long as I stop to cool down periodically, I can keep going, but I just can't do 15-20 mile stretches without a break anymore when it is over 80 and sunny. Lots of time fixing tires and lots of time spent trying to cool off in the shade really hurt our pace, but overall, we finished strong with my wife doing a lot of the pulling in the afternoon.

Day two was like a carbon copy of day 1, except I didn't have any issues with flat tires. We took the express route since we just haven't done enough training this year to want to do the steeper climbs without being a nuisance to those around us. We hit lunch just after 9am and then it was like a repeat of day 1. It got above 80 and my legs just started to shut down on me. We still made a good pace to the finish and crossed the line a couple of minutes before noon, but the stretch from lunch to the finish was pretty painful at times. My quads literally were trying to seize up on the big hill right before 71 after lunch. I dropped down to 4.5mph at one point and thought briefly that I was going to have to stop and walk. I am sure the photographer got some Tommy Voeckler-esque shots of me grimacing and trying to force my legs to keep going near the top.

All and all, it was pretty good weather and a good time, but for many reasons this year was more difficult physically for me than many of the previous MS150s I have done (this was #15 ). Every time I got frustrated or upset at my lack of ability to keep up the pace I wanted, or had to ask my wife to slow down (yes, I was humbled to that degree both days), I just took a moment to look around and reflect about how many people were out there riding, raising money, volunteering, cheering, etc. for all of us with MS, and I was able to just push the negativity away and keep going. So thanks again to all of you, and if you see me out there next year, feel free to ask me to take a pull, as it is the least I can do for what you all are doing for me.
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This year was my fifth MS150. I decided this ear to ride with my team rather than tackle it solo. We are not pro cyclists, so we aren't fast. My training was limited to a couple outdoor rides and a few weeks on the recently acquired Peloton. I did better than I thought I dropped my team on hills and slowed down afterwards to get them caught up. We were slow at 15.5 ave on day one with the headwinds, heat and hills. Rest stops were long as everyone got back together. The cold beer at the finish felt great. The folks at our offsite overnight location crushed it as usual. Fajitas for dinner, eggs, bacon and pancakes for breakfast were wonderful. I'll take a twin bunk bed in a lodge over a crowded tent any day.

Day two was shorter since we started 10 miles down the express route. The Bastrop Hill gets easier every year. The sneaky MF'r was that hill after lunch. My Garmin reported a 9.8% grade on that thing. Having a Marathon Foto guy near the top to snap a picture of our ugly climb faces was the icing on the cake. It did get the best picture of the ride though. Our pace that day was a better 16.5 mph. Again, I feel I could have done better alone, but I wanted to ride together. I liked the tighter, more compact grounds at COTA and having parking right there for support vehicles with luggage and more beer was better. The parking shuttles actually moved pretty quickly, but we were lucky enough to be in the open trailer one. Getting out of the parking lot took longer than I felt it should though. It was mostly a function of volume and getting out at a peak time. It was still much better than last year's fiasco.

No injuries, flats or breakdowns, and that is always good to report.
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Originally Posted by txags92 View Post
First of all, thanks to all of you for riding and raising funds to beat MS! I was diagnosed with MS in 2006, so thank you for riding from all of us with MS.

We started at our house, which is about 94 miles from LaGrange. Joined the route at Clay and Barker Cypress. Day 1 sucked...3 flats...2 of them were slow leaks that took a while for me to realize that it shouldn't be that hard to ride. We rode very well, and averaged in the high 17s to Bellville, feeling good at lunch. After Nelsonville on Day 1, the heat and my MS combined to make it a real challenge for me, but I managed to finish in a very unexciting 9 hours. When the temp gets above about 78-80, it is like somebody flips a switch and fatigue just starts building in my legs. As long as I stop to cool down periodically, I can keep going, but I just can't do 15-20 mile stretches without a break anymore when it is over 80 and sunny. Lots of time fixing tires and lots of time spent trying to cool off in the shade really hurt our pace, but overall, we finished strong with my wife doing a lot of the pulling in the afternoon.

Day two was like a carbon copy of day 1, except I didn't have any issues with flat tires. We took the express route since we just haven't done enough training this year to want to do the steeper climbs without being a nuisance to those around us. We hit lunch just after 9am and then it was like a repeat of day 1. It got above 80 and my legs just started to shut down on me. We still made a good pace to the finish and crossed the line a couple of minutes before noon, but the stretch from lunch to the finish was pretty painful at times. My quads literally were trying to seize up on the big hill right before 71 after lunch. I dropped down to 4.5mph at one point and thought briefly that I was going to have to stop and walk. I am sure the photographer got some Tommy Voeckler-esque shots of me grimacing and trying to force my legs to keep going near the top.

All and all, it was pretty good weather and a good time, but for many reasons this year was more difficult physically for me than many of the previous MS150s I have done (this was #15 ). Every time I got frustrated or upset at my lack of ability to keep up the pace I wanted, or had to ask my wife to slow down (yes, I was humbled to that degree both days), I just took a moment to look around and reflect about how many people were out there riding, raising money, volunteering, cheering, etc. for all of us with MS, and I was able to just push the negativity away and keep going. So thanks again to all of you, and if you see me out there next year, feel free to ask me to take a pull, as it is the least I can do for what you all are doing for me.

Glad you did it again this year dude. Congrats on finishing!
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Ready to roll


Lunch[/QUOTE]

How was the Chicken and Waffles? Everything you hoped it would be?

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MS150 weekend

First of all, glad to hear everyone had a good, safe ride. The weather was just about perfect this year. If it had not been quite so hot in the afternoons, I would have called it perfect.

The finish line was much improved this year, though some comments above indicate there is still room for improvement. The nice weather and shorter distance on day two (66 miles vs 75 in downtown Austin), put the turtle across the finish line a little after 4:30 (most years in downtown the turtle finished around 6:00). Most of the folks on the ride live in Houston, so it is nice to get an earlier start towards home.

This year, I still heard several comments lamenting the move from the Austin finish line to Circuit of the Americas (COTA). Some folks are mad at the MS Society for moving out of downtown. It appears many folks don't really understand why the move was made, so I thought I would take a minute to try and explain. If you come across others grieving the loss of downtown Austin, maybe you can explain it to them.

The reason we no longer finish in downtown Austin is best explained by this:

The street going left-right at the bottom of the picture is MLK Blvd. The grassy mall running up the center is/was Congress Ave. The parking lots where so many of the team tents were set up will have buildings on them. Simply put, the area where we had the finish line is not there anymore, or will be gone soon. You can get more info here: Capitol Plan

The MS Society did not just decide to leave downtown. The City of Austin / State of Texas told them that 2017 was the last year the MS150 would be allowed to finish at the Capitol. Thus the move to COTA.

The downtown Austin finish line was pretty iconic. I can't think of a more visually appealing place for a finish, but one had to be found. It had to be big enough to accommodate the finish line and all the team tents, trucks, buses, and everything else necessary. It has to be between 65 and 80 road miles from La Grange, available on the MS150 weekend, the roads had to be suitable for bicycle traffic, there had to be suitable places for break points along the road, and the route had to be approved by law enforcement.

The MS Society looked at a lot of places, and COTA was deemed the best option. If anyone can think of a better place, I'd love to hear about it. No sarcasm in that. I don't think COTA is as good as downtown, but I know of no place better that we can use. If you know of such a place, I would really like to hear about it.

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Good post Tanstaafl. I agree that the MS Society didn't have any say in whether the finish had to move. The one thing I don't miss about going into downtown was the cone lined hills with traffic backed up around them. Every single year I rode to Austin, I saw at least one very serious bike wreck due to speed differential between riders and the shifting of cones due to traffic. After you watch somebody go down at 30-35 mph after bullseyeing a cone, and then try to stand up clearly concussed, with a likely broken collarbone, and with most of the skin taken off of their right arm and leg from sliding down the asphalt, it changes how you feel about the trip into Austin. I liked the iconic view, but I got tired of seeing people get hurt due to the tight quarters on the roads leading in. Sure it is a big challenge to ride and I appreciate the heck out of people for doing it, but I hate watching people get hurt in the process. So to me, even though I miss the view, the wide open spaces and safer roads into COTA are a big plus for me. They still have some things they can do to improve traffic flow getting out, but overall the system worked much more smoothly this year and they proved they listened with many of the improvements.
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Originally Posted by Tanstaafl View Post
The reason we no longer finish in downtown Austin is best explained by this:

The street going let-right at the bottom of the picture is MLL Blvd. The grassy mall running up the center is/was Congress Ave. The parking lots where so many of the team tents were set up will have buildings on them. Simply put, the area where we had the finish line is not there anymore, or will be gone soon. You can get more info here: Capitol Plan
MLK is north of the Capitol. The MS150 finished on the south side, didn't it? Or am I all turned around? I only got to do the downtown Austin finish a couple of times, so I may not have understood where we were riding.

COTA was laid out better this year. Getting from the finish line to the showers to the tents to the buses didn't involve as much walking. But it's still an ugly place to finish.
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Lunch
How was the Chicken and Waffles? Everything you hoped it would be? [/QUOTE]

They were great! I had planned to have it at a place called Whiskey Cake that was near the bike shop. Unfortunately, I think Google was ahead of reality and Whiskey Cake was not built yet. At least this one. Plan B was Slim Chickens, which is the picture above. It was a fast food place, but they were good. The Texas shaped waffle was a plus. I had them again at BB's Tex-Orleans. This was a typical Texas BBQ place. They were better because the chicken was better. I don't want them every day, but they were nice.

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Good post Tanstaafl. I agree that the MS Society didn't have any say in whether the finish had to move. The one thing I don't miss about going into downtown was the cone lined hills with traffic backed up around them. Every single year I rode to Austin, I saw at least one very serious bike wreck due to speed differential between riders and the shifting of cones due to traffic. After you watch somebody go down at 30-35 mph after bullseyeing a cone, and then try to stand up clearly concussed, with a likely broken collarbone, and with most of the skin taken off of their right arm and leg from sliding down the asphalt, it changes how you feel about the trip into Austin. I liked the iconic view, but I got tired of seeing people get hurt due to the tight quarters on the roads leading in. Sure it is a big challenge to ride and I appreciate the heck out of people for doing it, but I hate watching people get hurt in the process. So to me, even though I miss the view, the wide open spaces and safer roads into COTA are a big plus for me. They still have some things they can do to improve traffic flow getting out, but overall the system worked much more smoothly this year and they proved they listened with many of the improvements.
Thanks,

I was going to say something about the roads going into Austin, but I figured my post was long enough as it was. I never actually saw anyone go down on the coned streets, but I can see how they could cause a hazard. Also, 969 from Bastrop to Austin is not the sleepy little country road it used to be. It's getting to be quite busy Austin now that the 130 Tollway is running.

I don't know if they will ever be able to get traffic in and out of COTA efficiently. Right now the entire place is served by a couple of two lane roads on the North and South end of the property. I'm sure they will look at it again this year for further improvements, but in the end, I think some traffic will be unavoidable.
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MLK is north of the Capitol. The MS150 finished on the south side, didn't it? Or am I all turned around? I only got to do the downtown Austin finish a couple of times, so I may not have understood where we were riding.

COTA was laid out better this year. Getting from the finish line to the showers to the tents to the buses didn't involve as much walking. But it's still an ugly place to finish.
You are a bit turned around. The MS150 finish line was on the North side of the Capitol.

You were at the very end of a two day, 150+ mile ride. Depending on the year, you were soaked with rain, or soaked with sweat from the heat, or had battled gale force headwinds all day. You were bound to be just a bit disoriented coming in to the finish.....
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Originally Posted by Tanstaafl View Post
You are a bit turned around. The MS150 finish line was on the North side of the Capitol.

You were at the very end of a two day, 150+ mile ride. Depending on the year, you were soaked with rain, or soaked with sweat from the heat, or had battled gale force headwinds all day. You were bound to be just a bit disoriented coming in to the finish.....
It's a good thing I never tried to ride over to Hole in the Wall for a Reality after the finish. I would have ended up in the river.
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I heard before last year's ride the MS was forced to move because of the construction. I hope once it's complete they will find a way to move the end of the ride back to DT. If there's going to be that huge grassy mall area, why not have tents and whatnot set up there and riders will finish along one of the adjacent streets towards the capital building? I dunno. There's something not quite as fulfilling riding to COTA. There was a certain majesty about coming to the city, and finishing in sight of the capital and among the buildings of downtown.
Either way, I'm still sad I missed this year and am looking forward to being back again next year for #5 .
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Originally Posted by Tanstaafl View Post
If anyone can think of a better place, I'd love to hear about it. No sarcasm in that. I don't think COTA is as good as downtown, but I know of no place better that we can use. If you know of such a place, I would really like to hear about it.
Auditorium Shores, with a capacity of 20K-ish, seems to be a reasonable compromise. There are a ton of behind-the-scenes politics/negotiations that make it easier said than done but on the surface, one would think it's a win-win scenario.
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