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Anyone out there doing the Seagull Cent in Salisbury Md ?(31 posts)

Anyone out there doing the Seagull Cent in Salisbury Md ?look271
Oct 2, 2001 4:38 PM
Next weekend? This will be at least my 7th time. Superbly organized ride, great road markings (not that you really need them with 7000 other riders out there!), decent grub at the stops, beautiful route, and flat as a pancake. Get out early and hammer if you want or go later and spend the rest of the day saying "on your left!"
Yep. Third straight. nmLen J
Oct 2, 2001 5:46 PM
You doing the "traditional route" or the new one?(nm)look271
Oct 2, 2001 6:02 PM
Not sure......Len J
Oct 3, 2001 4:01 AM
riding with a group, we will decide on the day of. Probably the new one.

How about you?

Len
Me either.look271
Oct 3, 2001 10:01 AM
Riding with a friend. Don't know what we'll do. How many in your group? I'd like to try the new one but I think he's leaning towards the old one. We'll see. Doesn't really matter.
So far 6 people, we'll see 10/13 (nm)Len J
Oct 3, 2001 10:05 AM
Did it with 6 other guys last year. Avged 22.5.look271
Oct 3, 2001 10:09 AM
Maybe we'll see you there? I suspect I'll be one of the few on a black and yellow Look; probably the only one on a 271. It's a fairly rare beastie.
I'll look for you...Len J
Oct 3, 2001 10:24 AM
I'll be on a Trek 5500 (Carbon red) Probably have a yellow Alaska AIDS ride jersey & a camelback.

Hope to pick you out of the throng of 7,000.

Len
Not bloody likely, is it?look271
Oct 3, 2001 10:35 AM
The number they're going for this year is 8,000. Pretty insane. A few years ago while eating at Assategue I hear this "hey Mark!." Turns out it was a guy I graduated from high school with. Hadn't seen him since high school. (was probably 15 years). "It's a small world after all........"
Have a good ride!
Mark
yeah it's flatcyclopathic
Oct 2, 2001 7:34 PM
body of mine did it in 3:40

and no I'd be riding another one it has about 10,000 more feet to climb :-P
Which one? (10k climbing?)(nm)look271
Oct 2, 2001 7:45 PM
re: Which one? (10k climbing?)(nm)cyclopathic
Oct 3, 2001 6:07 AM
there're at least 2 centuries every weekend courtesy of PPTC randonneur group
more info here
rides usually well planned with rest/water stops and lunch no entry fees
You riding with Chuck & Crista this weekend? nmMB1
Oct 3, 2001 5:22 AM
re: You riding with Chuck & Crista this weekend?cyclopathic
Oct 3, 2001 6:00 AM
no, they take off for Fingerlake tour and I can't do overnighter
there're other centuries this weekend check schedule
I will probably stay home and babysit bummer
We plan to do the first & last couple of days with them.MB1
Oct 3, 2001 6:11 AM
Hope it don't rain too much. Looks like it will be cold and windy though, just like last weekend.
are you a fair weather rider?cyclopathic
Oct 3, 2001 6:21 AM
:^P
Didn't you see that pic of Miss M I posted?MB1
Oct 3, 2001 6:34 AM
I took it! We have missed 4 days so far this year-all spent flying. The studded snow tires were the last piece of the puzzle for us for year round cycling.

Rain-Goretex & fenders.
Heat-Coolmax & lots of sunscreen.
Wind-the tandem.
Hills-gears.
Cold-layering & cycling boots.
Snow-no big deal.
Ice-well no plan is perfect.
no I missed itcyclopathic
Oct 3, 2001 10:59 AM
my all-weather riding plan is a bit simpler:

suck it up
Fair weather riders? I think not.MB1
Oct 3, 2001 11:16 AM
I do like the simplicity of your philosophy.
I just realizedcyclopathic
Oct 3, 2001 11:45 AM
I miss riding in snow I've been neglecting my MTB :-(

where the picture was taken?
C&O tow path. Somewhere around Great Falls.MB1
Oct 3, 2001 12:10 PM
Late January or early February. We had been riding on the road but traffic was crazy so we dropped down to the tow path. It was great/awful. The air temp was maybe 25 but the sun melted a bit of the snow which promptly froze on the bikes leaving us one gear and no brakes.

I look forward to snow too. Love riding in it, the commute gets very quiet.
Yup.... Riding with the gang...Greg Taylor
Oct 3, 2001 5:06 AM
...on the "traditional" route. Look for a bunch of goofballs in "Team Lardbutt" jerseys. That's us.

A 3:40 century? Pretty dang good, even if it is flat! Our fastest is 4:22, and no one hurled after the "pie stop".
It'll be my 9-th time ... Hey Paulpmf1
Oct 3, 2001 5:54 AM
Are you the bunch who rides with that guy who has the blaring boom-box strapped onto his bike?

What's the deal with a new route? I didn't see that (haven't opened my registration stuff though).
It'll be my 9-th time ... Hey PaulScott B
Oct 3, 2001 7:17 AM
I can't speak for Paul, but the guy who rides with the boombox strapped to his Litespeed is a friend of mine. Last year I sucked his wheel for about 50+ miles, but when other folks in the group picked the pace up about 2 mph faster than he (boombox man) had been setting, I could no longer hang. FYI, he's not sure if he's bringing the boombox this year or not - he hasn't ridden as much as last year, and it does weigh around 15 pounds, but I'm trying to convince him to bring it again (maybe this year I'll be able to keep up:-)
It'll be my 9-th time ... Hey Paulpmf1
Oct 3, 2001 10:55 AM
We followed him for a few miles near the end (around mile 75 or so) last year. The whole train took a wrong turn and we never saw them again. They were definitely moving.
We saw them. too.look271
Oct 3, 2001 12:55 PM
BTW, how do you make a wrong turn there? I mean, it's really well marked. Must have been snoozing at the front!
We saw them. too.pmf1
Oct 4, 2001 3:42 AM
It was near the end, so there tended to be a lower concentration of cyclists. Things get more spread out.. A road branched off the route and the boom box guy took it. We stopped, looked at the map and realized it was a wrong turn. By then the whole boom-box train was half a mile away and going strong.
May not have been wrong turn.......Len J
Oct 4, 2001 4:07 AM
An awful lot of locals leave the route near the end and head either home or to where they scarfed a parking place. We do it to stay away from the Rt 50/Salisbury State traffic mess, especially the mess in the morning.

Len
No Boomboxes here....Greg Taylor
Oct 3, 2001 7:31 AM
...even though that is pretty cool. A pony keg in a Burley would be more our speed.

I think that they have split up the route to relieve the "congestion" that always develops. Traditionally, if you start late you spend the day slaloming through hordes of hybrids and myriads of mountainbikes.
Plenty of different bikes to see there.look271
Oct 3, 2001 10:06 AM
Did you see the hi-wheeler there about 7 years ago? Traditional outfit and everything. That guy suffered tremendously!
Plenty of different bikes to see there.Scott B
Oct 3, 2001 10:27 AM
Well, last year saw a "push-me/pull-me" tandem recumbent there. Recumbent tandem where captain faced forward, stoker faced backwards (i.e. back to back) but they both somehow pedaled forwards from their respective positions. Got lots of comments, although I think by the end of the day that couple was tired of responding to everybody who went by.