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My first metric--sorry for the length(6 posts)

My first metric--sorry for the lengthSpecialTater
Apr 28, 2003 1:21 PM
I rode the 2nd Annual Double Decker Century in Oxford, Mississippi Saturday. I've never ridden more than 35 miles, so I took the metric option. I also wanted to save some energy for the festival (and music--Lucero, Kim Ritchey, North Mississippi Allstars and Los Lobos).

About 100 showed up for the ride beginning at 8:30 on an overcast morning (weatherman predicted sunshine). I found some a couple of people from Memphis and ended up riding with two (one of whom is a student at Ole Miss). We called ourselves the "B" team for Beer and BBQ. The beer had to wait until the festival...

We rolled out of Oxford toward Sardis Lake over a route on which I commuted to class in college. Brought back memories...

We had a great time and finished 65 miles in 4:10 with a on-the-bike average of 16.5 mph--a little better than my goal on a much hillier ride than I'm used to here in Memphis. I was surprised at my energy level at the end of the ride. Thanks to J and others who educated me about eating and drinking properly.

The ride itself could have been supported better with food and water levels low when we passed through (we were nowhere near the back). In addition, the road markings were poor and hard to find. Apparently recent rains had prevented or washed away the new markings. I also can't believe they didn't take the ride through campus--one of the prettiest in the nation. It's a fairly new ride and will get better, I'm sure. I would do it again in a heartbeat, but with lower expectations.

Oxford is a great place to ride with a pretty good population of cyclists. I can't wait to get back and ride with them again.
re: My first metric--sorry for the lengthFTMD
Apr 28, 2003 7:26 PM
Congrats. That's one heck of an increase in mileage. Drove through Mississippi recently and sort of regret not heading over to Oxford to check out the campus. Those SEC schools do have some nice campuses. Been to LSU, AR and Georgia.
good ride!JS Haiku Shop
Apr 29, 2003 6:59 AM
i've received several ride reports on this one from club members, and hear that it was one of the *worst* run and *worst* supported events in recent history. route markings put down last-minute and washed away by rain, supposedly some marked with chalk (!). two functioning SAGs on the 100-mile option, neither stocked. these reports coming from folks who rode at or near the front. supposedly one of the SAGs was "staffed" by a sorority pledge who locked herself in the cab of the truck and didn't care that there was no water remaining, *early in the ride*. oh, and map--but no cue sheet. every report i've read recounts getting lost or running into other riders who were lost and going the wrong direction.

sounds like the saving graces were the roads and the weather. i suspect--if it's held next year--it'll either be 200% better run, or that will be the last year of the double decker century.

glad you made it through such a poorly run ride with a good experience! good job!!!

-J
I'm trying to take theSpecialTater
Apr 29, 2003 7:23 AM
"look at the good things" point of view about the ride, but you are accurate in all of your statements. I'm hoping they get some constructive feedback. My ride companions made it worth all the issues.
riding thursday night? *true* "B" pace this week. nmJS Haiku Shop
Apr 29, 2003 7:24 AM
LOL. That's funny. Maybe..depends on some other crap. Thx (nm)SpecialTater
Apr 29, 2003 7:44 AM