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2008 North Shore Tour de Cure Ride

Let’s get this out the way right now. It was HOT! Africa Hot. The temp was about 82 degrees but the humidity had to have been 100%. Still…we rode.

We went out pretty fast because as with all of these rides we somehow end up in the back at the start and rush to pass everyone as fast as we can so that we don’t collide with less-experienced bikers and injure ourselves. That and the heat probably contributed to us cutting the ride a little short due to one of our team members. More on that later. You know it’s coming, BF. Prepare.

The course was a little deceptive when we looked at it last week. It appeared fairly flat on paper, but when we were riding it, it seemed a little hilly. Well looking at the GPS data, our bodies were obviously confused as the elevation change for the entire ride was only 7ft to 160ft. We’ll blame the heat for the confusion. That doesn’t compare to the training rides we did the past couple of weeks where the change was 787 – 1226.

Here is the course detail as uploaded to Garmin Connect. We went 56.63 miles in 3:23:56 ride time averaging 16.7 mph for the ride. At one point I hit a max speed of 31.8 mph (must be those small hills). Here is a detailed map from Google Earth and here is the KMZ file to open in Google Earth to take a closer look at the loop. I also included a topo map version and the topo KMZ overlay. Open the topo KMZ file in GE and then open the regular KMZ file and they appear together.


At this point you may be wondering what happened to the 62 miles we were supposed to ride. Well, due to the heat, the fast start, and the lack of eating bananas before and during the ride, Bigfoot started cramping up around mile 35. We made an executive decision to take a shortcut across another road and pick up the main course down the way. You will see this strange leg on the map near Wenham where we started down the road and then turned around and went a different way. Much to the angst of BF, it turns out that this really wasn’t much of a shortcut. It only cut 6 miles off the course. So we took it easy and steady for the remaining 21 miles of the ride. This slowdown was rather excruciating for CritRacer as he was in the best shape of all of us due to his being on a road bike every day since March. I felt pretty good too as he and I sprinted up the hills and coasted down while waiting for Homey and BF to catch up. Homey took it upon himself to pace BF up and down the remaining hills. Otherwise he would have joined Crit and I. Nice job, Homey.

CritRacer did become scarred for life at one point during this slowdown when 4 mountain bikers passed us going up a hill towards the end of the ride. They had full mountain bikes with fatties and everything. Obviously they didn’t do the 100k but still, as a road biker at that point, it hurt!!!! CritRacer will never be the same.

I think we reached a consensus on next year’s TdC ride. I think we are going back to Portsmouth for the single reason that the roads are in better shape. The roads in and around Gloucester were terrible. Pot-holes, Cracks, RR tracks, and generally bad roads. The course in Portsmouth had better roads, although it does take place one month earlier and could be colder. Hmm, maybe colder IS better.

This is the third year for the Spaghettio shirts…maybe a change is due.

All in all, it was a great ride for a GREAT CAUSE. No one collapsed from the heat (although we should have). I did have to sit down in the Pilot under heavy A/C for a minute or two to recoup. Slim Cycle raised over $2700 this year with 2 less team members than last (thanks for abandoning us, you two) . Thank you to all the people who donated! Thank you to our wife’s and girlfriend’s for letting us train! See you all next year.

Later,

Slim

2003 Specialized Enduro Expert
2005 Specialized Roubaix Elite Double

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