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MS150 - City to Shore Bike Tour - Rookie Ride Report(11 posts)

MS150 - City to Shore Bike Tour - Rookie Ride ReportECF
Sep 21, 2003 3:42 PM
Hi all,

I thought I'd post some pics of my first MS150 City to Shore bike tour from Cherry Hill to Ocean City, NJ. I only started road-biking about 7 weeks before the ride so I was relatively new to the road-bike scene. I managed to ride about 400 miles in training before the ride so I thought I was pretty well prepared. I was mostly right.

I had a blast. I rode with some friends on the Roxborough Riders team although I trained a lot with the folks from the Pedaller bike shop. We had 37 members on our team and I knew about a third of them so we were in good company.

We started Friday night by getting a hotel near Cherry Hill so we could get an early start. Alarm went off at 4:30 am. "Wow, what was I thinking doing this ride..." We arrived, checked in, met some friends and took this picture before we headed off for our team picture.

More to follow...

re: MS150 - City to Shore Bike Tour - Rookie Ride ReportECF
Sep 21, 2003 3:49 PM
Here is a picture at the second rest stop. The lunch stop where we arrived at 9:30 am. Lunch at this time of day???
We actually had to stay here a while as I was having mechanical difficulties that I got fixed at the local tents. They actually gave me a new rear wheel to replace that one that wouldn't stay true. It finally gave up on the way to this stop and snapped one of the spokes. They didn't have a matching aero bladed spoke and I was sick of truing this stupid wheel every 20 miles so I replaced it.
re: MS150 - City to Shore Bike Tour - Rookie Ride ReportECF
Sep 21, 2003 3:55 PM
Here is a picture of four of our riders on the way into the third stop of the ride. We had been making decent time "when we were on the bike" and averaging about 16 MPH. The stops along the way were generally excellent. Well-stocked with food, volunteers, and porta-potties.
re: MS150 - City to Shore Bike Tour - Rookie Ride ReportECF
Sep 21, 2003 4:00 PM
Here is a picture of half of our group of 7 that did the century option on Saturday, because they couldn't make the return trip on Sunday. The rest of us had already been in for and hour and a half so we walked back out to the course to cheer people in and wait for the rest of our crew.

The ride into OC was a bit hairy. For the most part the course was flat, with a few occasional rolling hills. We came in the new OC, Longport bridge which is really two bridges that are high enough to not need a draw-bridge in them for boats. Which is to say, they are a bit steep, especially after riding 72 or 95 mostly flat miles to get to them. We heard more than a few people complaining about them at the end of the ride...
re: MS150 - City to Shore Bike Tour - Rookie Ride ReportECF
Sep 21, 2003 4:13 PM
Here is a picture at the lunch stop again on Sunday. We got up a little later, got dressed and rode back to the pier for the free breakfast. After we gassed up and stretched we headed out. Boy I didn't think your saddle could feel any worse than it did at the end of the ride on Saturday? :-) Was I wrong.

We got of to a slow start because you start by going back over the two bridges. You know what? They're not bad at all when you're still fresh. :-) We had a 20 mile stretch to the first stop on Sunday.

I was starting to lose two of our group of four so I figured I'd try to catch them before they got more than 50 yards they already had on me. There were quite a few single-file pacelines going back on Sunday so I hopped on the back of one with at least 15 people in it. In no time I went right past my friends, who were leading there own paceline of ~16 people. They latched on to the end of my line and we went the next 15 miles at 22-23 MPH. Wow, what a rush. I was somewhat new to pacelines so I played it really cautious, but the speed I could keep with such little effort was truly remarkable to this newbie. I also learned a lot by sitting behind these talented riders and I gained a lot of confidence in my skills.
re: MS150 - City to Shore Bike Tour - Rookie Ride ReportECF
Sep 21, 2003 4:26 PM
Here are the four of us who made it back to the finish on Sunday. All in all we had a great time and it was a great ride. Excellent volunteer support. 5800 riders. We covered 159 miles over the course of two days. You know what? I can't wait to do it again. :-)

As I type this I'm very saddle sore and my legs are a bit stiff, but I feel better than I thought I might. We rode with some really great people, raised a lot of money for Multiple Sclerosis, and had excellent weather. We weren't so sure on that last count when we heard about Hurricane Isabel earlier in the week. Thank goodness she came through quicker than expected.

If you've ever thought about doing this ride as a rookie, but were on the fence, I would suggest you give it a try. I'd been contemplating it for years, but never got motivated to sign up. This year I found out a good friend was diagnosed with MS in June. That was all the motivation I needed. It wasn't that hard to train for it and I've become quite addicted to riding. It may not be a pure road ride in that there are a lot of people on all kinds of different bikes. But for a newbie/rookie such as myself, it was great.

Ride safe!
How come you have a pink jersey? (nm)spluti
Sep 21, 2003 7:50 PM
Aerobars on a beach crusier! Interesting! nmthe bull
Sep 21, 2003 8:28 PM
True, but if he had a road bike we'd never stay with himECF
Sep 22, 2003 6:05 AM
I was the only one of the four with an actual road bike, and the only one without aero bars. Go figure. One hybrid, one old mtb, and one cyclo-cross bike.

The old MTB rider is an amazing athlete. He gets in his aerobars and flies at about 18 MPH. He pulled us in our little paceline for at least 75% of the ride back on Sunday. If he had a road-bike we'd never see him. :-) But that's not why he does the ride. He doesn't want to be faster, just enjoy the ride. Interesting perspective.
How about once more with a little PhotoShop.Ken of Fresno
Sep 21, 2003 5:59 PM
Ah, that's better.
Not bad for only 7 weeks of riding. nmMB1
Sep 22, 2003 4:53 AM