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Tour de Canal Ride Report ...(8 posts)

Tour de Canal Ride Report ...Humma Hah
Sep 9, 2003 11:26 AM
I posted this in Retro/Classic because I rode it on the cruiser. Here's the link. Sorry, no pics yet. Being retro, I still use film, and the Alzheimer's association has not posted this year's photos yet either.

Humma Hah "2003 Tour de Canal Ride Report" 9/9/03 12:24pm
Awesome, congrats!cyclopathic
Sep 9, 2003 2:39 PM
I love C&O. it is always a nice ride, esp if you opt to forgo the detour section at mile 14? just before Great Falls and carry your bike through rough stuff. A couple years back I've done an in/out double century there, wish this ride hadn't been so expensive.
So far, I've taken the detour there ...Humma Hah
Sep 9, 2003 2:44 PM
... because they've told me the towpath takes much longer than the detour. Never have had time to check to see if it is true. Only went thru there twice on the qualifier, and then once Sunday.
it's about the samecyclopathic
Sep 10, 2003 6:43 AM
distance wise. However with sight seeing and carrying bike over rocks it does take more time. Well worth it, it is the prettiest point on C&O IMHO. Take your wife on weekend and bring the basket, there're a couple spots on rocks you can have picnic.
She says she wants to do that ...Humma Hah
Sep 10, 2003 8:08 AM
... probably fairly soon. Thanks.
Sorry I missed it but 2 days is 1 too many for that ride.MB1
Sep 9, 2003 4:53 PM
Miss M and I saw some riders finishing the Tour de Canal as we were wrapping up our Sunday frolic. They were muddy but less muddy than we expected. Looked for you but didn't stay for long.

I was pretty sure you would do ok since your steel steed would keep you from going too hard at the start-slow and steady gets it done on the C&O.

A little speed work and you will be ready for the NSA/OCE. Beware though, it looks like several bike messangers will be showing up. I expect course records to be set.
I'm wondering which bike I'll ride ...Humma Hah
Sep 10, 2003 8:13 AM
... They're trying to kill me at work, and I'm not sure if I'll have the wheels rebuilt on the Paramount by then. Might break down and hire a wheelsmith, or bring the truing stand in to work for those late nights babysitting the test chamber.

As for accompanying you on a 1-day ride of the whole canal, you were figuring 15 mph average. I might manage 13 mph rolling average, and minimize stops. I spent over 17 hours total elapsed time, so there's not enough daylight to do it if I'm as slow as I was last weekend.
Get the wheels up to me, I can rebuild them for you. nmMB1
Sep 10, 2003 8:47 AM