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.

Riders included:

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

Riders   17  
Max. Miles   103-114 miles  
Temperature   38-50 deg. with winds at 13-20 mph with gusts of 28 mph  
Close Calls   0  
Mechanical Failures   0  
Mishaps   0  
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

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About Eric Overton

Long Distance Cyclist in the Cleveland area

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