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Tour de Wyoming: great ride and family fun(5 posts)

Tour de Wyoming: great ride and family funPT
Aug 18, 2003 10:27 AM
A few weeks ago my family and I participated in the Tour de Wyoming, a six-day supported tour of the Medicine Bow Basin in northern Wyoming. My wife and I have done many a mile in our day, but we weren't exactly sure how well the kids would hold up to days of 60, 60, 90, rest, 90, and 60 miles. Well, we shouldn't have worried. Rebecca, age 12, rode every mile and Lucas, age 5 rode, all of the 60 mile days and half of the 90 mile days. When Lucas and his Mom sagged on the longer days, I resized the stoker position and Becca and I absolutely flew through the second half of the ride. It was a blistering hot week, with minimum noon-time temperatures in the high 90s.

The pic below is of Rebecca, Lucas and Dad. Note the mountain tandem – that fork biopaced all 360 miles.



The pic below is of Mom and Rebecca. I tried to tell my wife that the visor made her look like a "Fred", but to be honest I was wishing for my visor after a few hours in that sun.



Other than the sore "bums", a good time was had by all. The kids were tough as nails and the sense of accomplishment was huge. I got one heck of a workout piloting the tandem. I usually plowed the way through the Wyoming wind at a pretty aggressive pace. Rebecca would fall in line behind for the massive draft we could put out – she's now well aware of the advantages of pack riding. Mary brought up the rear to make sure all was well.



If you want your family to cut you slack for the time you're out riding/training/racing, bring them in on a family friendly riding event. It sure works for me.
Looks like a lot of funmoneyman
Aug 18, 2003 10:38 AM
When I saw the route earlier in the year, all I could think about was headwinds and heat as you traversed the Big Horn Basin. Worland in July is about as hot as it gets, and ther is just no shelter from the circling 60 mph winds. Nonetheless, I wished I had taken the time to do the ride. One of my friends from Cheyenne, John Lee, was on the tour. Did you meet him? Late 40s, skinny, very nice guy.

Nice that your kids went with you. Mine - 16 and 19 year old girls - have become certified couch potatoes.

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Looks like a lot of funPT
Aug 18, 2003 12:10 PM
The wind was only bad on the second day, Thermopolis to Basin. It was like riding into a hairdryer. We lucked out with either calm (!) days or even a bit of a tailwind on the other days.

I don't know that I met John, but I might have as there were lots of nice guys on that ride -- over 300 of them. Next year's route is reputed to be over on the west side of the State, with an overnight in Jackson and most of the route to the south of Jackson Hole. Sounds like it could be a great ride -- I hope next summer's schedule allows a return engagement...
re: Thanks for sharingGary M
Aug 18, 2003 12:07 PM
Nice pics- thanks for posting them- I was thinking about doing this ride- but not with my family!
re: Tour de Wyoming: great ride and family funStmbtDave
Aug 18, 2003 2:22 PM
Gee Peter, I figured since you lived in WY you would be accustomed to the wind! Give me a call if you make it down to Steamboat and we'll go for a ride (out of the wind).