A Few Words about the ePA Fleche Results
The preliminary results for the 24-hour team bike ride I did over the past weekend were posted online this morning. Of the 9 teams that started, only 7 finished within the 24-hour time limit. Of the 7 teams that finished, there was quite a split between longtime entrants and newbies such as my team. The starters on two of the teams on average have completed the Eastern Pennsylvania (ePA) event about 6 times. The starters on another two of the teams have completed almost 4 or 5 of the ePA Fleche events. Then there was one team whose members on average had completed just over 2 ePA Fleche events. That brings us to the two newbie teams with the following averages: 1.25 and 1. These guys basically finished this year’s event, but none before.
The downer statistic regarding this year’s ePA Fleche event was that out of 40 entrants that started the ride, only 30 (or three-quarters) finished the ride successfully. A quarter of the starters did not finish within the allotted time. Why was this? The weather was really pretty good for such an event. Not too cold. No snow or rain. Winds present, but not for the whole 24 hours. My hunch is it came down to poor planning, lack of fitness, and/or failure to check their bikes for proper maintenance. Oh well, I’m glad my team’s effort worked out well. We left little to chance. CLICK HERE to see the Preliminary Results for the 2017 ePA Fleche.