Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Eastern PA 600K brevet

results: http://parando.org/PA600k_Results170610.pdf
report: http://parandonneurs.blogspot.com/2017/06/ride-summary-water-gap-600-new-holland_12.html
my ride: https://www.strava.com/activities/1034458396
Jeff's recap of last 200K: https://jlippinbike.wordpress.com/2017/06/11/200k-calendared-rando-ride-6/la
Early spring brevets recap: http://alwayseasygear.blogspot.com/2017/04/spring-rando-season-recap.html
Mountain blue 400K recap: http://alwayseasygear.blogspot.com/2017/05/mountain-blue-400k-eastern-pa-brevet.html

Well, the ACP SR series completed, the first half of the season is over. Now I can slack of a bit and change the riding regime. In July, the preparation to the Hillier-than-thou starts and possibly I will "taste the Carolina" with Jeff L.

As for the ride, it went very smoothly. The first significant problem was a lack of riding partners on Saturday. Sean C. was too fast and the rest of the field fell off the back way too early. I made a difficult decision to try keeping up with Sean, and actually it was the right thing to do. I even caught up with him after he dropped me on the slopes of Blue Mountain. Last time I saw him at the i-84 intersection control (he went on and I stayed there for 10 min to relax my feet and repack my stuff). The crisis came just before the Old Mine rd climb with water food and morale running low, but I was saved by Len Z, who held a secret control right there and had water, bananas and even ice cream! After that I felt fine and finished in 17:40. Kinda reasonable, although my target for the day was 17:15.  I slept well and had no particular plan or target for the next day, but enjoying time with Jeff, Greg and Rudi (that is, our Fleche team). The heat was thoroughly unpleasant for a northerner like myself, but everything went quite well. The bike worked just fine, no mechanicals or even flats!

Nice scenery: Roebling aqueduct and Hawks Nest. I expected more from the town of Port Jervis though. Amish on their bikes and carriages returning from churches on Sunday were cool too!