I rode the 60-mile Tour de Cure today to benefit the American Diabetes Association. This is the first charity ride I’ve ever done.
I finished the ride despite not having the use of my smallest chainring. Apparently I had lost all of the bolts for the chainring, and the chainring came loose. This was on Oria, my ‘bent. She’s fixed now, but I had to finish the hilly ride without my lowest gears.
At the beginning of the ride, there were many riders bunched up. Only some people were riding the 60-mile course. Others were riding the 40 and 20-mile courses. My bike problems started 15 miles into the ride, and I considered dropping out. However, I’m a stubborn old fool, and I rode on.
By the time I made the halfway point, I rarely saw another cyclist. I was far behind everyone else. I walked some hills. I’m grateful to the volunteers at the SAG stops and the roaming SAG vans.
I’ve joked about being banana-powered, and I really was today. The SAG stops were well stocked with bananas and gatorade.
The weather was mixed for the ride. The initial ride start time was bumped 30 minutes to wait for the thunderstorm to pass. There was light rain, then just clouds. When I neared the halfway point, it started raining again. A few miles later and it was sunny. I managed to get a mild sunburn.
When I arrived back at the start location, I was welcomed back. I thought I was the last person to return (they really track *every* rider). I was wrong. There were still two people on the way who had mechanical issues also.
I had brought my camera, but I only took two pictures, neither is worth posting.
I stopped by the bike shop on the way home to get Oria fixed. She is, and ready to ride again.
I went to Charlestown Pizza Company and treated myself to a meal and beer. That’s a nice finish to the day.
I’m hoping for a slow and easy “recovery ride” tomorrow.