1200k Bike Ride in 84 Hours in Texas
This ride departed from the Best Western Motel in Greenville, TX at 7AM on September 28th. I was one of 41 participants who started. And one of 28 riders who successfully completed the ride. All four days of the ride got hot – i.e., 95 degrees and very sunny. There was no rain. I was riding my Cinelli with skinny tires. The first day’s ride was 238 miles. The second day’s ride was 206 miles. The third day’s ride was 180 miles. And the fourth day’s ride was 116 miles. You can see the route map at https://ridewithgps.com/events/69290-hound-dog-1200k.
Day 1 I rode with a large group to the turnaround controle. The riders were not required to get nourishment at the same location. This caused the group to splinter. I was one of the first riders to depart, and did so with four other riders. We stuck together for the rest of the day and arrived back at the motel in Greenville around 1 in the morning. We did not depart together in the morning for Day Two. I was the first rider to depart I think – around 5AM.
I didn’t team up with any other riders for the first third of the ride during Day 2. A few riders passed me, and I let them go. While approaching the turnaround two of the riders I finished Day 2 caught me. I rode with them for about a third of the ride on Day 2. I eventually let them go ahead. I finished my ride for that day about 2:30AM on Day 3.
On Day three I was the first rider to depart again. I departed around 5:45 AM. Teamed up with three other riders shortly thereafter and rode with them almost to the turnaround. I was not enjoying the heat during the middle of the day. So opted to take a 2.5 hour break from 1:30 to 4PM. Then I departed to finish up the day’s riding. Got in around 12:15 in the middle of the night.
I easily could have departed at 4AM and done a sub-80-hour overall ride. But I was indifferent. I figured I would sleep in, have a nice breakfast, and ride with the large group that was going to depart at 7:30. The ride on the 4th day was uneventful. I had fun.