Saturday 300k RUSA Calendar Ride
The past week following the PA Fleche event has been a downer. I never fully recovered from that ride. Not sure why, because it wasn’t a particularly tough event. But this week I never got a good swim in, and I never got enough motivation together to want to do a fun metric century bike ride. I tried on Thursday, but it started raining on me about 8 miles into the ride – so I turned around.
I did have a good night sleep last night. And I was up with plenty of time to spare before heading over to the motel on US-1 for today’s ride. I had intentions of meeting up with Mary F, Marc B, Gil L, and Nigel G during today’s ride since I was pretty sure each would be participating. As a result I started this ride slow. I did not go with the leaders at the outside. I had resigned to the fact that this would be a slow ride for me.
At the start I briefly rode with Mary and Tru. We were dead last to leave the motel parking lot. A few minutes later I found myself talking with Mike G for quite a while. I’d never had conversations with him before. I was looking for his buddy Gil L, but was told Gil was up the road a little. Two miles later we found Gil off course doing something in a parking lot. We did not stop. Had a few words with Scott F and Gary R. And before I knew it I was socializing with Chris S and rode with him (and others) to the first controle. Before I got to that controle I had a few words with George B and Raj N, too. I did not stick around for a long stop. Headed out almost immediately. Gil L came rolling in just as I was leaving.
The next controle was only 12 miles up the road, or down the road depending on how you want to say it. There I stumbled into Nigel G. He didn’t take a particularly quick controle break. So I waited for him to depart so we could chat. Been a while since I’ve ridden with him. Last time was in 2017 when I rode the tailend of the PA 600k. We chatted for a bit, and stumbled into Mike P who I had not spoken with for a while. Then a couple of other riders caught us and we became a real group. A couple miles before we got to the next controle Rudi M and Marc B were on the other side of the rode. They had already gotten to controle I was approaching. When I got to that controle there were several rando riders. I was quick getting my brevet card signed, and hooked up with a pretty fast group there. They pulled me up to Rudi and Marc by the next controle.
Rudi and Marc seemed like they were going to take a break. So I headed out alone pretty quick. If they caught me fine. If not, then fine. Never saw Rudi again. Marc kept catching me at the controles when I was leaving them. Marc was having quite a ride.
The last 50 miles I rode with Andy B who was riding a recumbent. He had loaded the wrong GPS file into his Garmin device and needed some help navigating the course. I had the correct file loaded, but I was not as fast as Andy. I definitely was feeling those last 50 miles. Andy agreed to slow down for me so I could finish with a reasonable time. As we approached the finish it appeared we were going to finish a 185-mile route in under 12 hours. I was very happy with my time of 11 hours 48 minutes. This was my first flat 300k course. But I didn’t expect to ride it that fast. Especially since I had loafed the first third, and was riding my “slow” CX bike with heavy fat tires. The weather was ideal. Didn’t get warm until at least mile 100. And when it did get warm it wasn’t hotter than 76 degrees.
Click on the map below to see the GPS file I recorded during the ride.