Last year, we missed a dry ride with a tailwind by one day. Things went much better this year, with a nice talwind most of the day. A storm went through late in the day, dousing some riders, but missing others. The day started warm enough that most riders skipped an extra layer or wind vest, and only briefly rose above 80 degrees.
The beautiful, temperate conditions conspired with the tailwind that started kicking up early on to cause some to set a pace that was perhaps faster than it should have been, stretching the riders out, early. The gap only increased over the course of the day, resulting in a long, three-hour span of riders crossing the finish.
Late in the day, a strong storm crossed the course, but many riders missed most or all of the actual rain. It was starting to look sketchy in Ludlow, but the rain didn't really start until we reached Weston. The rain caused the faster riders to cut breaks short at the end, resulting in one of our earliest finishes ever, with the first riders crossing the state line just after 7 pm. All-in-all, it was a great day, with lots of happy cyclists and support people. We had a very high rate of finishers this year, which speaks well of the riding conditions.
Congratulations to all the riders. Let's come back and do it again next year!
The 2012 stats (all values are approximate):
- Starters: 40 (twice as many as last year!)
- Finishers: 35
- Earliest finish time: 7 pm
- Fastest ride time: 11:07 hrs
- Fastest average speed: 19 mph (30.5 kph)
- High temp: 86 F
- Low temp: 54 F
- Elevation gain: 11,500'
- Highest point: 2,400'
- Total distance: 212 mi (340 km)
- Most Valuable: Our wonderful support people!
- First Finishers: Dave Mengle & Calvin Dowling
- Fastest Finisher: Rory Derwin
- Longest Blue Streak: North Shore 4Cs Club
- Pinkest Bike: Laurie Durivage
- Most Alike: The O'Laughlin Twins
- Most Self-Sufficient: Vaugn Davis
- Most Determined: Chet Huang
More photos of the 2012 ride are posted online. The ride comes early in the year, arriving before many cyclists are in condition for a hilly double-century. Start training now and plan to join us next year. You'll be rewarded by being in amazing shape for the rest of the season!
Previous Year's Ride Reports