|Fixte Century Ride Report with many thanks to gregg & Miss M||MB1|
Oct 28, 2002 7:20 AM
|Saturday was about the 6th running of the occasional NSA/OCE (no shifting available/or coasting either) fixte century. We have had up to 30 riders; this one was going to have a smaller turnout but it may have been the best one yet.
Gregg and Miss M came through for me big time. Gregg sent some RBR schwag (T-shirts, hats. a nice set of MTB Review arm warmers and a pair of certificates for 50% off of AXO Shoes and gloves). Miss M baked brownies and supplied all sorts of candies; I made up the route and got Musette bags from work.
Talk about trick or treat-no one is going to go home empty handed from this ride.
|Trick or treat bikes.||MB1|
Oct 28, 2002 7:23 AM
|This had to win a prize for best bike of the ride. A 1984 Team Fuji team pursuit bike with a racing history. David had drilled the fork for a brake and installed a high rise stem for a better road position, 49/20 gearing, rear disc and sewups. Sweet ride.|
|Last year's top bike. Pretty....||MB1|
Oct 28, 2002 7:25 AM
|A pristine pearlesent white Eisentraut fixte with full campy built for road use. Man there are some nice bikes out there.|
|A dark and gloomy start.||MB1|
Oct 28, 2002 7:30 AM
|It had rained pretty hard Friday night, Saturday started out damp and foggy. I was glad I had installed the fenders on my Gunnar Street Dog. Miss M went to the front right away and kept a nice warming pace for the first 35 miles.
A bonus, at the front she didn't have to eat anyone's road spray. David on his team pursuit bike sure could draft close.
|All was not doom and gloom.||MB1|
Oct 28, 2002 7:34 AM
|After about 60 miles the sun started to peek through the clouds. Carol (www.dccenturyrides.com for another ride report) took this shot of Rudy passing some trees with the colors turning. It will be another couple of weeks before peak colors but this sure looks nice.|
|What every husband loves to hear.||MB1|
Oct 28, 2002 7:39 AM
|After 35 miles Miss M and I were on our own. The other fixtes were only going to do the 100K and the gearies were waiting for the slower riders. We took turns at the front and didn't stop much. I'm taking a strong pull at about mile 95 when Miss M pulls up next to me and says "Going a little slow there, let's pick it up!" and she takes off.
We flew the last 10 miles. It turned out to be our fastest century of the year. It wasn't all that flat either, one of the guys told us there was about 3,200' of elevation change-nothing long or steep just a continuous up and down.
Oct 28, 2002 7:43 AM
|We knew we were at least an hour ahead of the next riders so we did an extra loop and stopped at the local store for some snacks and water. Miss M carried a gallon of water in her butt pack for a couple of miles, I stuffed a bag of chips down my jersey and carried all of her stuff.
We passed on the $10 pumpkins.
|Hot stuff! Mexican of course.||MB1|
Oct 28, 2002 7:46 AM
|There are some great hole-in-the-wall Mexican restaurants near Manassas. When everyone finally rolled in we filled up at a great one.
You missed another good ride. See you down the road....
|great MB1 .... just great ....||Spirito|
Oct 28, 2002 7:56 AM
|first you make me jealous of the fine ride and roads and now im damn hungry and am ordering in some mexican for breakfast !!!!
even if we never meet ill always beleive that the dalai lama dont know $hit about fulfillment, joy and focussing one's life towards good and purity as your splendid self.
oh, .... i hope the bag of chips you stuffed down your jersey was paid for ;-)
thanks for the pics and post.
|My pleasure. Someday we be in the same paceline.....||MB1|
Oct 28, 2002 8:08 AM
|Miss M lived in New York for a few years (worked in US Customs in the World Trade Center....) she keeps promising to take me there for a visit.
We will bring our bikes.
|Another great post||KenS|
Oct 28, 2002 8:14 AM
|Ride to eat. Eat to ride.|
|Durn, I hated to miss that ...||Humma Hah|
Oct 28, 2002 8:49 AM
|... I woke up Saturday morning sick as a dog. The oral surgury didn't bother me, but the antibiotics laid me low. I crawled out of bed about the time you guys were having lunch, and you were in at the finish before I was dressed.
The good news is we got a contract on the old townhouse over the weekend. That means I get to do something besides work on it every weekend, and I'll soon have money available to fix up the new garage into a first-rate bike shop. The 'Mount will be good to go by the next NSA/OCE, and the cruiser will soon get some much-needed and deserved refurbishment.
|re: Fixte Century Ride Report with many thanks to gregg & Miss M||aliensporebomb|
Oct 28, 2002 11:19 AM
|Great pictures as usual. Love the contrast between the
gray rainy looking morning and the bright sun with the
many colored leaves later on. Excellent.
|Nice pictures - btw, stupid question: what state are you in ?||PeterRider|
Oct 28, 2002 11:59 AM
|just asking, because I see a picture with the California Triple Crown jersey... |
Oct 28, 2002 12:54 PM
|We live in "God's Country" (A.K.A. the District of Columbia)-called that because no one else will have it.
While Miss M and I were dating I lived in SoCal. We met on a ride across Nevada, I was the strongest guy, she was the strongest woman. She got it in her head that I would be the perfect riding partner for some double centuries since I had done the Triple Crown about 4 times by then.
She flew to California 5 times to do doubles since there aren't all that many on the East Coast. Hence her Triple Crown Jersey.
About 6 months after we got married I found a job and moved to DC. Riding around here was a rude shock to a boy used to riding Western style high mountain passes. Couldn't run a double and survive the riding we do around here.
|Nice pics yet again.||djg|
Oct 28, 2002 2:29 PM
|It's a nice diversion. A long day sandwiched in between short, 8 mile commuting rides and a quick break with ride pictures makes for a nice little escape.|| |