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Second MS 150!(10 posts)

Second MS 150!Teach
Apr 22, 2001 7:35 PM
Well, I completed my second MS 150 from Houston to Austin this weekend. Averaged 15 mph on the first day (101 miles), but didn't do as well today. Lots of wind, tough hills, but mostly depleted electrolytes leaving me pretty depleted of energy. I made it in, though, and was actually 3 1/2 hours ahead of last year's time. (Last year I was really slow on the second day - stopped at every rest stop, and the ride was 82 miles; this year was 72 miles). I'm pretty bummed about how today went, but happy to have completed it for the second year in a row. Anyone else out there do the ride?
re: Second MS 150!dustin
Apr 22, 2001 9:17 PM
a friend of mine's dad did that today. yeah, he forgot his bike and someone loaned him a Trek 5200 (from what i could tell by the description. i didn't even know the ride existed. what's it like? is it pretty tough?
forgot his bike???Made in Taiwan
Apr 22, 2001 10:12 PM
how did he forget his bike when he was going for a ride? oh well, who am i to talk, once i forgot to bring my mixer for a recording gig :)
forgot his bike???dustin
Apr 22, 2001 11:55 PM
yep, forgot his bike. he said it was a long story that involved him mom...
Congrats!DrD
Apr 23, 2001 3:14 AM
That's great! Yesterday had to be rough - it was really windy here in Austin (I went out riding in the afternoon) - Saturday was windy, too - though not as bas as Sunday was! At least you were spared the thunderstorms which they were predicting at one point!
re: Second MS 150!RickMTB
Apr 23, 2001 8:14 AM
Well, it was my first. And my first ride over 50 miles. The first day was harder for me... I was caught behind the delay caused by the guy crashing and needing to be life lined out by copter. Semed like over an hour waiting and my legs seemed to tighten up. Then another long break at the first lunch break. the last third of the first day seemed gruesome with climbs over some pretty rough roads. We got a very late start on day 2 (didn't leave La Grange until 8:30am) but I was feeling strong and even the climbs through the park seemed easy. Then the wind really picked up in the second half but I got my second wind in the final stretch going into Austin. I never saw so many riders... I heard almost 9,000 riders.
re: Second MS 150!simstress
Apr 23, 2001 9:15 AM
I was there. This was my first MS150, first century, first tour, first camping trip. On the first day, I was behind the big crash just miles away from lunch and ran out of water waiting out the hour. A SAG wagon came by and dropped off a big box of homemade scones for us though!

I liked the second day for the climbfest in the state parks! The winds close to Austin were brutal. I just tucked in behind big guys. At the end, the rolling hills on MLK were annoying because the riders who have never heard the phrase "On your left" overestimate both their climbing and descending abilities. Having to brake uphill just sucks.

The annoying parts just stand out in my mind because I'm still exhausted today. But I am very happy that no one in my group flatted or crashed over the 175 miles! Kudos to the MS Society and all volunteers for putting on a great event. Now I just need to collect some pledges...
mine too...Jim R
Apr 23, 2001 10:19 AM
This was my second MS 150 also. Did my first in 1999. This year was different because I rode it with my buddy on a tandem. On the first day the tandem was an unfair advantage with all the flat surface and a slight tailwind. We pulled into LaGrange a little before 12:30. We paid for it on Sunday, we suffered mightily in the state park. Hauling a tandem up those hills ain't fun. After the state park we really railed though.... we probably average 25 mph for the next 15 miles with that tailwind. We pulled into the stadium at around 11:00 on Sunday, ate a crummy Hooters chicken sandwich, ran through the mobile showers, drank a few beers and jumped on the first bus. Bottom line; I was sitting in my hot tub before 4:00!

Jim
re: Second MS 150!Gary1
Apr 23, 2001 11:11 AM
This was my third MS150...and I really liked the finish this year at the UT campus. It was a lot neater having the Austinites who were camped along MLK to the finish cheering us on.

I did wince at the orange traffic cones they had out. I've been in an experience before where there are too many riders in the lane and the faster ones are trying to pass and so go to the left on the cones...pretty soon there is an entire line of bicycles left of the cones...meaning that the cones are in the middle of the bike traffic...waiting to be hit! Fortunately I didn't hear of any incidents.

I thought overall it was great! BP certainly poured a lot of money into it and there were overall a lot more sponsors and publicity. The MS folks once again did an outstanding job of organization. It's my favorite charity ride that I've done ever since I first started doing rides back in '99.
It was my first!!!charleyadams
Apr 23, 2001 7:02 PM
It was my first ride over 100 miles (I made my first 100 mile ride a couple of weeks earlier). It taught me that I really do love hills....well, at least you get to go down hill after the pain of climbing. With a head wind it is just pain. I have been road biking for about 11 months and I am hopelessly addicted to it. WHAT FUN!!!

Charley