Saturday All-Day Calendared RUSA Ride
What a wonderful day for a bike ride in New England. Phew! The weather was great. The ride company was great. And the scenery was great. The event started at 4 AM on Saturday from Woburn, MA, just a little north of Boston. I drove up from Princeton on Friday using a scenic route I’d never done before. The goal was to avoid as many tolls as possible. I ended up having to pay $1.50 to cross the Hudson River at Poughkeepsie, NY. That was all.
I had a reasonably good night sleep before the start, and at 4 AM we were off – all 45 or so of us. The first 71 miles was very fast for me. That was done and out of the way in approximately 3.5 hours. We were wailing! It’s been a long time since I trained to be fast. I’m thinking I might take it up again sometime soon. After I dropped off “the train” of about 20 riders it took me about 15 minutes to get into a mindset to finish the ride at a somewhat slower pace.
I rode the middle part of the ride alone. Then I rode with 2 or three guys for a bit who had taken a long rest stop at a convenience store. They eventually dropped me. Then I had a couple of riders catch me from behind. One got past me. I finished with one. And one that had caught me finished just two minutes back.
There were 3 or 4 riders who very much liked my clip-on tri-bars that are used in Olympic Style triathlons.
After the ride I got about 6.5 hours of sleep before driving home. My official ride time was 17 hours 30 minutes for 251 miles. The route passed through MA, NH, and ME.
Click on the map below to see the recording of my ride at RWGPS.