To start with, what an absolutely Great Event! This event was so well managed and coordinated; I even had the ability to test their support system. From the time that I arrived, everything went very smoothly from registration to where to go to get ready and lining up. Channel 3 news was there to cover the event and I believe there was somewhere in the neighborhood of 50 or more riders participating in the 100 mile route.
I ran into quite a few riders that I have met over the past few years at other rides as well as meeting some new riders, so there were plenty of folks to talk with. A fairly large group of us, somewhere around 20-25 wanted to take advantage of the absolutely great weather and mostly flat course to see if we could push the upper limits on avg. speed over the 100 miles. We rolled out together and quickly moved to a pace line taking turns up front, before I knew it, we had gone 80 miles averaging 22MPH.
This is where I had the opportunity to test the support system! I had a little mishap and ended up with a demolished rear wheel and so ended my MS tour at the 80 mile marker… the SAG support was great and easy to get in touch with, I hooked a ride back to the start/finish area for a massage, burger and good conversation with the many riders I met throughout the day. I ran into Garth, Andria, Jesse, and Natasha and it sounded like the others doing the 50 had a really good time as well! I encourage everyone that can to try this event out next year; I know I am definitely going to be there again.
Cliff was with us on the 100 as you mentioned, I spotted him and introduced myself on the ride we chatted it up for a bit, very nice guy.
Thank you and Nerac again for providing the opportunity to participate in this event, I had an absolutely great time!
Oh – side note, there was a motorcycle event coming down route 5 with 100’s and 100’s of motorcycles and a huge police escort… I was at the front of the group at a light waiting to turn and one of the guys riding by gave Nerac a huge yell out! Amazing to see how many folks recognize the name! Good “Brand” recognition!