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Family Century on Mountain Bikes(6 posts)

Family Century on Mountain Bikesgibbons
Aug 17, 2003 2:05 PM
My 3 sons and I just completed the ULCER Century, a 102 roadie ride around Utah Lake. It was an organized event, with over 750 pre-registered. We sure got lots of funny looks on our mountain bikes. Oh, yeah, I have a Bianchi EV2 with Record stuff, but this sounded more entertaining. The pic shows my 16, 18 and 12 year old sons and me. The oldest and youngest completed it last year, too; my 16 year old crashed and I went with him to the hospital.

Last year, when my little guy was 11, a sports nutritionist predicted that his small body mass couldn't carry/consume enough energy to complete the ride. I wish the nutritionist could have seen him sprint the last block.

My 16 year old was riding with two broken fingers, he took off his half-cast to do it. He crashed hardcore last week in a mountain bike race, then got up and rode a painful last 8 miles to win his class.

We put 1", 115psi slicks on the regular mountain bike rims, and they do pretty well. Some guy said we had the longest seat posts he had ever seen. CamelBaks seemed to flag us as odd, too.

We've been riding together for their whole lives and keep a pretty good pace line going. Sometimes we tagged onto other lines, sometimes, people tagged on us. It was a blast. Although not a race, I estimate that we finished ahead of half of the crowd, based on cars left in the parking lot at the end.

My wife and I have great relationships with our boys. She rides with us, just not on monster rides like this. Our neighbors certainly notice and ask how we do it. I tell them to get some bikes.
re: Family Century on Mountain Bikesaliensporebomb
Aug 17, 2003 3:12 PM
Cool. Not to mention that you're a "walking living breathing
ad for specialized." Heh.
funPaulCL
Aug 17, 2003 3:12 PM
Maybe I should forget about hammering the next club century and take my kids for the family 25 mile "fun" ride. What a great way to keep lines of communication open with teenagers - a 6 or 7 hour bikeride. Kudo's to Dad and Mom.

Paul
Very coolpeter1
Aug 17, 2003 3:19 PM
Wish my father had found something that we could do as a family like that.

By the way, those are very long seatposts...
Very cool.KG 361
Aug 17, 2003 3:52 PM
It doesn't get much better than that. My 2 girls are 9 and 11 and like to ride, too. It will be a while before they can do anything like that, but we'll work on it!
re: Family Century on Mountain BikesSCOOTERINSLC
Aug 18, 2003 5:44 AM
Hey gibbons,
Cool write up. Good to see another local on this board. Where did you get that jersey??
Scooter