17 riders to start. With a couple of riders riding to the start. The weather seemed warm enough at the start to make for a nice day but once we got out onto the open roads we started to feel the wind. The forecast predicted winds from unusual directions and predicted that they would change during the day. It went from W-WSW-WNW-W-N. That’s almost a 180 degree change in direction. Because the course was north-south, we would have winds all day long. By the time we made it to the turnaround point the wind direction shifted. With strong, cold winds now coming out of the WNW and then west and north after lunch, it felt colder than it did at the start. Long before we finished it was indeed colder than the start which is also unusual. By the time we made it to the last rest stop I could feel the fingers getting numb and a few of us had to add extra layers to keep warm.
Joe O. went off course twice but reconnected with us at lunch. The first time was deliberate and the second time by accident. Chuck S. went to chase him down to let him know he was off course. They logged an extra 4 miles for their troubles.
8 of us completed the century and while Chuck and Joe were off course we noticed that all 6 of the remaining riders had black bikes! If Chuck was still with us, that would have made 7.
All in all, it was very good day and it was nice to be on the road.
|Brad Thwing||Don Aldridge||Mark Scheeff|
|Bryan Reyes||Duane Kunze||Mark Thomas|
|Bryan Sharp||Eric Overton||Paul Schneider|
|Chuck Knerem||Joe Ochmanski||Tim Furey|
|Chuck Seitz||John Kagan||Tim New|
|Dave Anthony||Manny Grosso|
Newcomer(s) included: Chuck Knerem
|Max. Miles||103-114 miles|
|Temperature||38-50 deg. with winds at 13-20 mph with gusts of 28 mph|
|Fixed Gear, Single Speed, Cyclocross, or Mountain Bike||John Kagan was on a cyclocross.|
“The only thing better than a 12 hour challenge is a 24 hour challenge.” –John Clay