|Gap Gallop Century||seejoy|
Sep 23, 2002 3:41 PM
|This was held in eastern PA. on Sunday and was a very well organized event. Everyone from the Lehigh Valley Wheelmen, who put on the event, were as nice and helpful as could be. Registration was smooth and the course well marked. I never had to look at my clue sheet once out on course.The weather was perfect, over cast at the start and clearing mid-morning.I was riding the fifty mile option since I'd only started riding in June and thought it likely I'd be solo the whole way. To my pleasure I meet up with a gentleman right off and tho he was a stronger rider than I we stayed together for the first 25 miles. I honed in on two other guys,"147" and "148", and kept them right ahead of me keeping their pace. After some time the four of us just stayed together and later had another rider joined us. Those fellows were a real incentive for me to keep my speed up and it was great to chat with each of them. I'm not strong on the hills yet but to my surprise where I lost the most momentum was in faulty shifting of my triple!!(ok, am 47yrs. old, and I need it) Wow!! And I thought I had that down! The biggest surprise tho was when I discoverd that in a group I am a "herd animal"!! The riders in front of my group went through alot of the red lights and stop signs, and being loathe to being left behind I did too.... really was torn on it but I followed along anyway. A first for me and now I can see how it happens...I felt like a kid just wanting to keep up...
Anyway, after a brief visit to the 25 mile rest stop I continued on by myself.The others were doing the full century. Got passed by a total of four people in 25 miles and it was a lonely road! Just wasn't the same with out the company and I lost my spirit about 8 miles out. 55 1/2 miles in 4 hours. Nothing to write home about but I'm glad I did it. Maybe I'll try the 100 next year so I can stay with a group!!!LOL!!!
|Glad you had a good ride.||look271|
Sep 23, 2002 3:54 PM
|I did the century last year and everything that you said about the ride is true; well run, good food, and you don't need cue sheets. Would have done it this year but wasn't able to.|
|Thanks for the report!||PODIUMBOUNDdotCA|
Sep 23, 2002 9:44 PM
|Good to hear about your half century! I hope to hear about a century next year! ;)