|Riding a bike...||cycleguy|
Jun 4, 2002 1:58 PM
|I just returned from my favorite bike ride. America's Most Beautiful Bike Ride in Lake Tahoe. There are rides that are longer, harder, easier, more climbing, no climbing, better roads, less traffic, etc. etc. But I have never found one that offers as much as Tahoe. It is such a beautiful place to begin with! Then you add 2000 like minded people. Many from around the country and riding for reasons beyond just a bike ride. It covers everything I love about cycling. Fast riders, slow riders (me), pacelines, single riders, great food, a few tough climbs, road bikes, mountain bikes. Young, old, thin, and fat. Some done before lunch, some limping back after dinner. And to those who are from "TNT" I tip my hat. You make a great ride even greater!!!:)
P.S. My fourth year and my third different bike. A Trek alum 1420 ridden twice, a Trek 5200, and a Mondonico Leggero. My best time was on the old 1420, much better training that year, my longest on the 5200, I did all 100 miles, the other three 72. My most memorable. This year on the Mondonico. Half the miles of the other three years in prep. Forgot my puter. Just rode.:)
|re: Riding a bike...||rideslikeagirl|
Jun 4, 2002 2:51 PM
A scheduling conflict kept me from going, darn it!
Glad to know it was as good as I thought it would be-
I've been to Tahoe many times - but in my kayaking days, not my cycling days.
|re: Riding a bike...||DINOSAUR|
Jun 4, 2002 3:16 PM
|Wish I would have known about the ride, it would have saved me from whacking down an acre of weeds and sucking bad dust...|
|re: Riding a bike...||CFBlue|
Jun 4, 2002 4:13 PM
|I did the ride this year, my first time. What a rush! All those bikes everywhere. I have never been to an event with so many riders, everywhere you looked bicycles, it seemed like we out numbered the cars. the bicycle shops sure seemed to outnumber the Starbucks and its clones.
I only found one paceline, it petered out at the split to Truckee when the tandem leading the pacline pulled off to wait.
I was amazed at how far people traveled to do this ride. I saw riders from Texas, Ohio, Pennsyvania, New York, Colorado and of course CA and NV.
it was a great time, great weather, even with a 6am sub freezing start, the rest stops were stocked full of great food and friendly people. I'll be back
BTW, I finished with an average speed of 16 mph