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awe-some Harpeth River Ride this weekend!(13 posts)

awe-some Harpeth River Ride this weekend!JS Haiku Shop
Jun 17, 2002 5:30 AM
what a great ride. THE BEST run, most organized, most well routed and scenic (beautiful countryside) century i've done yet. the weather was made-to-order, skies picture perfect, SAGs spaced just right, plenty of rollers thrown in for interest, and a couple hills--one fairly steep, at 'round 22 miles--for good measure. unreal--the harpeth bike club arranged to have some 17 (i think) motorcycles sweeping the route. in addition, there were numerous brand new (stickers in the windows) volvo wagons driving SAG, and farily well-stocked stops every 20 miles. the 2nd stop was also the 4th (and final), and was staffed with numerous volunteers, and a fully-equipped mobile wrench.

the day's timeline: up at 3 AM, drive ~3 hours (passing through nashvegas), stop once en route for a tall cup of mcdonald's sugar, with some coffee sprinkled in for flavor. arrived 30 minutes before their posted registration time, but they were doin' it anyways. registered, then took a little nap in the car. up, dressed and put the bike together just before the start. hooked up with my peeps from the club back home, began the ride.

rode happy and comfortable for the first few miles, 'til i caught the tail-end of a train driven by some guys with calves bigger than a large tree trunk. one was wearing a UMCA jersey (who was dat?). this brought the first 20 miles to an average speed of ~20 mph. got dumped on the first big hill, which was actually the most challenging of the entire ride. cruised for the next 60, then picked it up from 80 'til the end, for an inspired solo effort over the last ~70 minutes. where did THAT come from?

100.1 miles, 5:42 ride time, 6:27 total time, 17.5 mph average speed.

changed, back in the car, back home, slept a few hours, then rode the local midnight fun ride, averaging just around 19 mph for 17 miles of dark city streets. actually brought up the front of the ride, and had to prompt the motorcycle cop leading it with cues, since he had no clue where he was going! 24 hours and two organized rides, with 2 hours 40 minutes sleep in there someplace. a fun day!

as for a personal milestone, i've always liked to think--and to tell those working on their first metric, 80-miler, or century--that 100 miles is just like 30 miles, only longer. (it's just a long bike ride.) this was the first time i actually felt that way. though the ride was touted as having a bunch of climbing (6600 ft is a bunch for this part o'the country), i was a brave cyclist with my double (and, of course, the campy 13/29!). also, i'm learning to carry less and eat/refuel more at SAGs. very important!

alas, i did not carry a camera. however, pics will be referenced from the ride website...
lead-out, motorcycle support...JS Haiku Shop
Jun 17, 2002 5:31 AM
headcount was around 500 riders, i thinkJS Haiku Shop
Jun 17, 2002 5:32 AM
beautiful pastoral countrysideJS Haiku Shop
Jun 17, 2002 5:33 AM
volvo sweepJS Haiku Shop
Jun 17, 2002 5:34 AM
your most humble haiku laureate--fourth in lineJS Haiku Shop
Jun 17, 2002 5:35 AM
You Da' Man!Len J
Jun 17, 2002 6:10 AM
2 rides like that with little sleep. Looks & sounds like a ball.

Thanks for the ride update.

Great post! Thanks for sharing the pics... nmSpinchick
Jun 17, 2002 6:50 AM
LunarFest Ridewonderdog
Jun 17, 2002 6:52 AM
Awesome weekend! I was at the LunarFest Ride too. My wife and I had a blast. I didn't realize you and I were in the same city until this post. Drop me a line sometime if you'd like to ride. I'd certainly love to meet you.

it's a small, small world (check your e-mail). nmJS Haiku Shop
Jun 17, 2002 7:20 AM
where's the ride???dmoller
Jun 17, 2002 12:03 PM
always looking for a good ride if its not too far away. BTW, I'm in Atlanta. First century was two weeks ago in Tahoe, and am looking for others. Thanks
franklin, TN--just a few minutes south of nashville...JS Haiku Shop
Jun 17, 2002 12:27 PM
there are other good ones in nashville, clarksville, and northeast, in knoxville. you're also not far from chattanooga, where there are often good rides (a nice one in early may). anniston, al also has a good one in early may...then, there's birmingham, also not far for you; they have a couple of good centuries/events per year, culminating with a double century (and shorter routes) in september. i'm not so sure about south and/or east of you.

friend of mine also did that tahoe century, and said it was great. seems he was in a paceline and barely missed a pretty bad accident following a touch of wheels a few riders up. otherwise, he trained up to it, and had zero problems with the elevation/etc.
Thanks for the info, I'll keep an eye outdmoller
Jun 17, 2002 12:50 PM
for some of the rides you mentioned. Tahoe was great scenery. Only problem I had was feeling like I was coming down with the flu the day before and couldn't eat much the night before or the morning of the ride. Never been affected by the altitude, so not sure if it was that or a bug which had made its way thru my house the week before. Ended up feeling better the longer I rode. Didn't go out too hard not knowing how I'd feel and with a long climb between miles 81 and 89. Not all that experienced with pace lines so never really got hooked up with any speedsters and took 6:20 on the bike to finish.