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Ride Report of 2003 Nightmare Tour(17 posts)

Ride Report of 2003 Nightmare Tourbigrider
Jun 9, 2003 4:22 AM
It will be hard to describe the Nightmare Tour, especially the 2003 version. The Nightmare is a 177 mile ride, with an optional 200 mile, that is a perimeter ride of scenic Lancaster County, PA. The irony of the ride is that I don't believe you could have planned out a ride with such a perfect combination of beauty and agony if you tried. It is touted as tougher than any one day of the Tour de France, this is true. Below are happy faces of those getting ready to start at 4:30 in the morning. They are ignoring the fact that there is almost 12,000 feet of climbing and 200 miles of road ahead to be conquered.
re: Ride Report of 2003 Nightmare Tourbigrider
Jun 9, 2003 4:24 AM
I wanted to get good pictures but once again the circumstances kept the
camera in the sandwich bag most of the day. The man in the sweatshirt is the guy that started it all, Mike Ridgeway. The founder of the benefit rides in Lancaster County called Dreamride Projects.

http://www.dreamrideprojects.org/Nightmaretour.html
re: Ride Report of 2003 Nightmare Tourbigrider
Jun 9, 2003 4:26 AM
We started in the dry for around an hour and then as the dimness of a gray dawn slowly awakened the rain started. If was on the edge temperature wise (60 degrees) of wearing jackets or just jerseys. The first 30 miles you ride up and down the edge of the Susquehanna River. It is hill after hill. Throughout this ride you are cheated out of fast descents. Curvy narrow roads and at the bottom a 90 degree turn with gravel are a part of almost every descent.
re: Ride Report of 2003 Nightmare Tourbigrider
Jun 9, 2003 4:28 AM
. These two pictures are typical of the Amish scenery you see while riding. We passed an amazing numbers of stone farmhouses, matched pairs of mules pulling farm equipment, but the rain took away my passion for taking a bunch of pictures.
re: Ride Report of 2003 Nightmare Tourbigrider
Jun 9, 2003 4:31 AM
re: Ride Report of 2003 Nightmare Tourbigrider
Jun 9, 2003 4:34 AM
There were 57 people who signed up to ride, 53 showed up but the attrition rate this year had to be very high. I snapped this shot through the baggy when we passed a buggy. Did I say it rained? There were flash flood watches in effect. It drizzled, it sprinkled, it rained, it poured, for 12 hours of the 15 hours it rained. I had to take these pics of the flooding. There were parts of the ride where water was running across the road up over your rims. There was some concern over the quality of our water bottles. The rain turned the horse crap in the road into a soupy oatmeal looking mixture which got slung up onto your bike along with the worms and locust petals.
re: Ride Report of 2003 Nightmare Tourbigrider
Jun 9, 2003 4:36 AM
re: Ride Report of 2003 Nightmare Tourbigrider
Jun 9, 2003 4:38 AM
My friend and I started riding with a woman from Richmond, VA. She was a strong rider and was the first female to finish the 177 mile and the only one to finish the 200 miles. There were plenty of smiles to go around at the finishing of the 177 mile ride. The three of us made a pact on the road no matter how bad it was we were doing the 200 miles. We rode through the banner completing the perimeter ride and then took off for the extension to finish the 200 miles. Only one other person did the 200 miles and the four of us are pictured together.
re: Ride Report of 2003 Nightmare Tourbigrider
Jun 9, 2003 4:40 AM
. This is an excellent ride. If you need a challenge on your calendar next season this is the one. Look it up on the web site. It is only 75 bucks for open entry and you get a free jersey, and a butt-kicking ride.

http://www.dreamrideprojects.org/Nightmaretour.html
Congrats, big guy!KG 361
Jun 9, 2003 1:24 PM
I'm doing the 100 miler on Saturday-I did the 62 miler earlier this year. I know how bad some of those climbs are! I keep tossing around the idea of doing that ride but never quite get there..... Maybe next year. Great going on what I know is a really tough ride!
Congrats, big guy! - Wait there's more!RoadHazzardBuzz
Jun 9, 2003 3:33 PM
FYI

I heard from someone at Dreamrides that Mike Ridgeway (the organizer) is going to do the ride himself on September 25th since he can't do it during the 'normal' ride. Supposedly anyone that wants to ride with him can. September sounds a tad more reasonable than early June to me.

KG, see ya Saturday! (I'll probably be the one on the stretcher)
I'll be on the Kelme Look KG 361. (D'oh!)KG 361
Jun 9, 2003 4:13 PM
Can't imagine there will be more than 1......
I'll be on the Kelme Look KG 361. (D'oh!)RoadHazzardBuzz
Jun 9, 2003 7:06 PM
ok, I'll be the old fart with the blue helmet, camelback, on a Lightspeed Classic. If there's more than one, we're ALL in trouble! ;-)
That sounds like a real nightmarems
Jun 9, 2003 5:24 AM
"There were parts of the ride where water was running across the road up over your rims. There was some concern over the quality of our water bottles. The rain turned the horse crap in the road into a soupy oatmeal looking mixture which got slung up onto your bike along with the worms and locust petals."

That sounds like a real nightmare. I live in Maryland and we had the same rain conditions on Saturday -- my bike stayed indoors and I did errands. My hat goes off to you for doing and finishing the ride.
Way to go...JL
Jun 9, 2003 6:15 AM
With about 2" of rain around this area on Saturday that must of been some "Fun". I've done the "water over the rims" thing and it made for interesting riding. I can only imagine going 200 miles through it.

I keep looking at that ride and next weeks rides and thinking I should do them. One year I know I'll have the legs to try the "Nightmare".

Congratulations on doing the whole 200 Miles.

Happy riding.

John
Just curious if you know the name of the name of the other riderbenja15
Jun 9, 2003 6:14 PM
who did the 200, was is Denny?

I know he was ahead of the pack by a long way and just wondered if he finished the whole thing
The four 200 mile finishers are in the next to last photobigrider
Jun 10, 2003 4:28 AM
The first three people over the finish line did not do the 200 mile option (according to the people gathered at the finish line). The guy that finished first was riding the red white and blue trek with the loud creaking bottom bracket. The next four of us finished the 200 miles and I don't think anyone else although we will have to wait and see when Mike emails the finishing info. Swamp Creek was a major Killer this year and I was worried that my tires wouldn't stick on the 18% grade for a 1/2 mile at mile 117. My arms and shoulders ached from pulling on the bars.