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SeaGull century ride report (adventures in mud & wet sand)(13 posts)

SeaGull century ride report (adventures in mud & wet sand)look271
Oct 13, 2002 8:24 AM
Arrangesd to meet a friend of mine @ 8am at the start. 8:40. He's not there, off I go. Rode the fixie-was quite the topic of conversation. Drizzling rain, sometimes harder, lasted for the 1st 40 miles or so. I kept a steady 18-20 mph pace, picking pacelines carefully, dropping off if they got much over 22 mph. I didn't want to burn out. Mud at all the rest stops, I only stopped briefly to get gatorage and h20. Fortunately, I brought a couple of bars along to get me to lunch. As I was approaching Assateague Island, my friend Dave caught up to me; he had to be hammering. Rode with him the rest of the way. Fortunately by then it had cleared up and was actually pretty nice. Rode a few more pacelines to the pie & icecream stop (more mud!). Rode with some women who were from Pittsburg, of all places, who rode a nice paceline for a while. After the pie stop, it was 18 miles to the end, with really strong headwinds. Finished with a ride time of 5:30, 18.2 mph avg. 1st fixed gear century. All in all, not a bad day.
Oi, we had a bad day...Gregory Taylor
Oct 13, 2002 9:30 AM
Just got back from a MISERABLE Seagull Century. Pushed off at around 7:50 am. It was wet, rain alternating between a drizzle and something-more-than-a-drizzle. Despite the rain there was a big crowd. Got stuck behind a cop car that was stuck behind a meandering group of riders who were basically blocking traffic. This was frustrating.

Did I mention that it rained a good portion of the time?

The capper came shortly before the Assateague rest stop. We'd finally cleared traffic and hooked up with a very strong rider on Bianchi. He was a monster (dude, if you are out there, I still owe you a beer). We were clipping along at about 27 - 28 mph when a team mate touched a wheel and went down, skittering across the pavement and winding up in the middle of a very busy two lane highway. He got VERY lucky because (1) he was on the end of the paceline, (2) one of our teammates is a Doctor, who checked him out immediately, and (3) there was no car traffic at the time. Smashed helmet (big chunks of polystyrene were ripped out - it saved his life), bumps and bruises, and no broken bones. He was taken by ambulance to Atlantic General Hospital in Berlin. As Berlin is on the route, our team took a detour and visited him in the emergency room while he was being checked over.

With all of the delays, the remmants of our group rolled into Salsibury about 4:00. We made sure that our team-mate was taken care of, and grabbed a couple of beers in a very wet beer garden. It was a LOOOONG day.

RBR regular "Bill" was riding with us -- he took some absolutely MONSTER pulls and animated the group. The dude is STRONG.

This was a Seagull to forget. Indeed, even without the rain and the crowds, it has gotten VERY crowded. I had forgotton just how squirrelly it can be weaving through traffic.
Sorry about your friend.look271
Oct 13, 2002 1:25 PM
Hope he's ok. I didn't see any other serious mishaps, although I did see a guy do an endo right at the intersection before the pie & icecream stop. Apparantly he thought that a MD state troper with his arm outstretched towards him and his hand open meant "GO" until realized that the other people were stopping (those folks with at least half a brain). Lots of clueless people out there, sometimes riding 3 and 4 across the road, always at least 2 across. Sometomes I wonder why I do it, but heck, what other century can you go out and do a sub 6 hr without even breathing hard, a 5 hr fairly easily, and 4 hrs if you are a real stud? I probably just missed you guys. I was at the start at about 7:55.
Oh, A Shout Out To The Bike Doctor Guys...Gregory Taylor
Oct 13, 2002 4:48 PM
We hooked up with them for a bit into the second rest stop. Great guys. Our group got ahead of them going into Assateague (We left early). They were nice enough to stop and lend a cell phone to call an ambulance. We owe them a beer as well.
We just pre-rode the NSA/OCE fixte century course today.MB1
Oct 13, 2002 4:03 PM
I am sure it will be a lot safer (we promise to hold the crowds down). Your entry fee savings should be enough for a keg or two. Plus we know a great Mexican restuarant on the way home.
When and where?look271
Oct 13, 2002 4:15 PM
I know that you posted this before, but since we're on the subject.....100 mi on a fixie aint that bad. Especially if it's flat.
It will be flat and rolling. Here is the info.MB1
Oct 14, 2002 4:39 AM
Some out of the saddle stuff for us old folks. I rode it yesterday in a 42/17 SS I use a 42/16 fixed. We went pretty fast for us.

October 26 Saturday

R * 50/70/100 * VA * 7:30 AM * Nokesville Community Park (NCP)NSA-OCE Fixte Century (With Snow Cone Option). Meeting time is 7:15am for a 7:30 departure. Fairly to very flat, the last 20 miles are rolling. There are 50, 70, & 100 mile options. We'll be riding our track bikes, hence "NSA" = "no shifting available", and "OCE" = "or coasting either"; but
everyone and every type of bike is welcome, especially if one participates in the spirit of the ride and holds shifting and coasting to a minimum.

Bonus points for single speeds. Snow Cones at the park after the ride. No seconds on snow cones for gear heads! RSVP for Snow Cones. Ride leaders intend to ride a "B" pace for the full century. To confirm

Here are the directions to Nokesville:
From Beltway exit 9, go West on I-66
In 20 miles take Exit 44 (2nd exit for VA234 South) toward Manassas Airport.
In 5 miles exit onto VA28 west (Nokesville Rd).
In about 4.5 miles go left on VA652 Fitzwater Drive (TL)
In 1 mi. go right on VA646 Aden Rd @T
In 0.8 mi. go right into the park (just after church).
Restrooms near picnic area. Park in lower lots away from ballfields.
Oct 14, 2002 6:35 AM
That is a bad weekend for me. I'll have to see if I can arrange my schedule to do it-it's not that far of a drive for me and I'd really like to do it. I'll e-mail you if I can do it. Here's mine:
Guy is lucky he's alivepmf1
Oct 13, 2002 7:39 PM
That's always the most dangerous stretch of this ride. Lots of traffic and not much shoulder. Plus, its fast so groups are always passing. This year was bad with wet road and tree debris on the shoulder. Last year they had two century routes and I think that helped a lot. This year only one although the metric route cut off very early. 3-4 years ago, the metric followed the century route all the way to the second "water stop" at mile 40. Despite the rain, this year seemed busier than last and mostly fast moving packs. I only saw one ambulance, which is less than other years.

I almost think this ride is getting the point where they need to do day 1 and day 2 (then, of course, the challenge would be to do it two days in a row). When I did it for the first time in 1993, it was big, but nothing like it is now.

Hope your bikes are clean and sand-free. Spent the better part of the afternoon on mine and my wife's.
What gear were you using? Good job for a fixte. nmMB1
Oct 13, 2002 3:56 PM
42x17. I like to spin.look271
Oct 13, 2002 4:20 PM
However, with the 27x 1 1/4 tires it makes it a little taller. I can spin all day around 95-105 rpms but more than that it gets to be a little MUCH! =)
I really gotta get a fixiepmf1
Oct 13, 2002 7:22 PM
I saw quite a few folks on FG bikes that day. Perfect century for it. Kinda windy this year. I think the storm was rotating clockwise and we were all riding a counter clockwise route (or vice versa). Seemed like mostly headwind after rest stop #1.

It was my 10-th year in a row. First time it ever rained. Some years its been cold though. At least it was warm. I think the weather got rid of some of the so-so riders. Seemed like more serious folks. Jumped on a few good pacelines. I was hoping to average at least 20 mph, but only did 19.3 -- must have been all the rain. Hard decision of either pulling, or eating road grime.

The SGC ... to exensive, too crowded, too ugly ... but I'll keep on doing it till I die. Maybe next year on a FG?
Go for it.look271
Oct 14, 2002 6:40 AM
That was the only thing that kept me from being bored. This was my 11th I think,1st on a fixie. Seemed to go faster, for some reason. I was amazed at how good I felt at the end, even after 2 pieces of pie and a slab of icecream=) You're right-as much as there is to dislike about it, I still like to do it.