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Seacoast Century(13 posts)

Seacoast CenturyPatM
Sep 23, 2002 3:26 AM
Hi anyone else do this ride over the weekend ? Which day Saturday or Sunday ? I did it on Sunday, my first time doing it and the staff was begging everyone not to ride across steel grate bridges - so we had to walk. This was because there were accidents on Saturday and numerous other incidents. I guess I would think after 29 years of doing running the ride they would have a good idea as to what the issues were - so I am not sure what changed, was there a huge increase in the number of riders ? They made it sound like they were in jeopardy of not being able to run the ride next year. The actual ride itself was pretty good, the roads are very tight in some sections and the scenery was great in most sections. Not sure what was in the cooler marked "water" at the SAG stop, but it tasted like sh$t, I guess I should have opted for the Gatorade.
Looking forward to giving it a try again next year, anyone else have feedback ?
Yup, I was there!jtferraro
Sep 23, 2002 5:13 AM
My girlfriend & I rode on Saturday. Unfortunately, we got off to a late start for a number of reasons and didn't start pedalling til' almost 10:30am. We were almost going to ride on Sunday instead but decided to go for it on Sat! Like you, this was our first time riding this century. Actually, it was my girlfriend's first century - although she did an 80 miler in July. I'm not sure what the issue is w/the steel bridges. I walked my bike over the ones that were marked accordingly, like the small one and large one on the way to the light house, but rode over the small one on my way back since there was no marking. There was the marking on the larger one, even on the way back, so I again abided. I definitely agree that the scenery was absolutely gorgeous! The one other century I did was the V2V - Vernon, VT to Vernon, CT and although the scenery was nice on that ride it doesn't compare to the seacoast scenery. I thought the V2V ride was much better in every other way, though(support/SAG/street markings/arrows), etc. Hah - not sure about the water @the SAG, as I DID opt for the Gatorade but I CAN tell you they were filling it up w/a hose. I guess they didn't have a choice though w/that many riders AND people like me filling up their Camelbaks! ;-) Like you, I'm looking forward to it again next year! Where are you from? I drove up from CT and spent Friday & Sat. nights in Portsmouth. After the ride we went back to our hotel, showered up, and hit the Portsmouth Brewery! =)

-Jeff
Yup, I was there!PatM
Sep 23, 2002 5:22 AM
It does make a good weekend event, with a lot to do in the area. I am from just south of Boston. Did you also do TFCE ? I guess I have been spoiled by the support you get at that event.
Did you see any accidents ? Were there people riding accross the bridge ? The way the staff was talking I was almost afraid to start ! I heard from a few of the staff that Saturday was tough day and that Sunday was a bit nicer.
Missed the TFCE this year but plan on riding it next year...jtferraro
Sep 23, 2002 5:44 AM
I had heard that the TFCE fills up fast but, for some reason, didn't sign up right away. When I checked back it was already filled-up! :( I've heard the support on that ride is second to none - that's great! The seacoast century is supposed to be flatter than the TFCE. Was that your experience? Yes, I did see one accident. I guess a car(black Saturn) got a little too close to a rider and caused the rider to catch an edge on the curb and crash. I had just approached him as it had happened. I'm not even sure if he was a Seacoast century rider or just somebody out for a ride. Either way I felt bad for him. He had a bloody nose, not internally - but rather the top of his nose. He must have somehow hit his face(nose) on the asphault. :( Fortunately another rider was helping him up and then the support car showed up. This was within the first 30 miles I'd say(after we passed BACK by the start point). I did see some riders biking across the bridge, too - even the long one!

-Jeff
TCFEPatM
Sep 23, 2002 6:08 AM
Seacoast is much flatter than TCFE, although TCFE is pretty flat for the first 75 miles, the last 20 or so are tough, not that its a huge climb or anything its just a constant slow grind, if you do it next year - make sure you rest at 75 before going for the last 25. Although this year I knew better and still didn't rest long enough, tell the little voice in your head to "shut up" when it says its only 25 more miles !
To give you a better idea, After seacoast I got in my car and immediatly drove home, after TFCE I got in my car and relaxed/tuned out for about 20 minutes. I am not trying to scare you out of doing it, it is a great ride, lots of nice people the scenery for the first 50 is equal to seacoast. Its those stupid last 20 miles they get me every year.
Hah - that "little voice" can get you into trouble sometimes,eh?jtferraro
Sep 23, 2002 6:21 AM
I know what you mean! Nah, don't worry...you aren't scaring me out of it. My girlfriend, on the other hand... ;-)

-Jeff
I rode Sunday.firstrax
Sep 23, 2002 5:27 AM
As for the steel bridges, I only walk the ones with a sidewalk on the right side. I wont walk on the steel. Got mt cleat stuck once before, now I just coast over them nice and slow.
I think the water was desalinated sea water.

Anyone else notice the attack sub getting prepped?
I rode Sunday.PatM
Sep 23, 2002 5:36 AM
Didn't notice the sub.
That would explain the funny taste of the water !!! Did you ride over the bridge to the left of the start ?
I don't blame you for not walking on the steel ones...jtferraro
Sep 23, 2002 5:48 AM
I remember my cleat "almost" feeling like it was getting stuck as I walked across one of those darn bridges!

Unfortunately, I DIDN'T notice the attack sub getting prepped. I wish I saw it.

-Jeff
Beautiful RidePsalm 147-10_11
Sep 23, 2002 6:21 AM
I rode on Saturday and thought it was a terrific ride. The scenery was awesome. This was my fifth century of the year and I think I enjoyed it more than any of the other ones. I brought my camera and will post some photos later.

I heard the State Police were upset some riders ignored the "no bicycle" signs and road over the steel draw bridge. I know it's a pain to have to walk, but the law is the law and it's a shame if a few folks jeopardize the ride for everyone else.

Don't know about the water. We stopped at a gas station close to the sag stop to buy our own "pure" water and gatorade. Live and learn, I guess.
Beautiful RidePatM
Sep 23, 2002 6:37 AM
Yeah, after the talking to the sunday riders got, I walked accross every steel grate bridge, rode as far right as possible, tried to be as nice to every driver as possible, I would hate to see the ride go away, because of some idiots. Did you ride or walk over the bridge at the start ? I actually did not mind the walk over the drawbridge where it came in the ride it was good to get off and walk, the walk over the little bridge was congested, riders trying to walk in both directions, on a a little sidewalk. Good advice for water next year.
re: Seacoast CenturyPsalm 147-10_11
Sep 23, 2002 6:57 AM
The Seacoast Century goes through Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine. Not much need for a cue sheet as the water is on your right heading north and on your left as you come home. Makes it tough to get lost.
Agree, but there are some little loops you need to do to add upjtferraro
Sep 23, 2002 7:10 AM
the mileage to 100 miles. I only missed one little turn but turned back after my girlfriend informed me. It was the one near Newcastle(on the right).

-Jeff