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America's Most Beautiful Bike Ride 100 - CycleCentury


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Lake Tahoe, Nevada
United States
74F / 23C
Sunny
Total Time = 8h 30m
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Pre-race routine:

Woke up around 4:30 AM to eat and poop. I can say "poop" can't I? Anyway, I had to get up extra early so I can fix any last minute problems that my cycle team (Team In Training) has. Every year I have athletes that wake up with flat tires and need various adjustments made.
Event warmup:

Rode 1 mile to the start line.
Bike
  • 8h 30m
  • 111 miles
  • 13.06 mile/hr
Comments:

The ride started off with no problems. perfect weather, 40's in the morning and it quickly warmed up to the 70's by noon. 12 miles into the ride we hit out first major climb, which is up Emerald Bay. Its about 800 feet of climbing at about a 20% grade. From the top of this hill there's a very fast downhill portion. Last year a person crashed hard and had to be heli-vac'd from the course. This year the problems occurred around 25 miles into the ride. Two females, one of which was a TNT coach crashed hard along a stretch of road. Both had to be heli-vac'd. One apparently suffered a broken neck, ribs, shoulder etc. The problem is that there are too many levels of experience. You'll have Cat 1 racers passing old women with no experience. This combo usually ends with a few crashes.

My job was to get my team (25 members) to the finish line in one piece. I was successful in doing just that. No one set any land speed records but everyone had a good time and finished with smiles on their faces. I had one team member get sick so I had to push her up an 8 mile climb called Spooner Mountain. I ended up getting 111 miles total for the day.

Great day, great ride. $8 MILLION was raised for the Leukemia-Lymphoma Society from this ride.
Post race
Warm down:

Huge victory party buffet with multiple beers around a fire pit afterwords.




Last updated: 2006-01-24 12:00 AM
Biking
08:30:00 | 111 miles | 13.06 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance:
Wind: Little
Course: The course is mountainous through the California and Nevada area around Lake Tahoe. We ride from South Lake Tahoe completely around the lake with an off-shoot to Truckee California.
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2006-06-09 5:41 PM

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2006-06-09 9:45 PM
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Subject: RE: America's Most Beautiful Bike Ride 100
13 mph I can do...8 1/2 hours I'm not so sure of...

Congrats on getting everyone from one end to the other.
2006-06-09 10:33 PM
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Nice job. Thanks for getting everyone on your team through safely and for being part of such a huge fundraising effort. 8Mil! Wow!!

Mike
2006-06-10 4:35 AM
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Multiple beers after a TNT event? Who knew ...?

My job was to get my team (25 members) to the finish line in one piece. I was successful in doing just that.
Well done, my friend.  They are lucky to have you as a coach!

2006-06-10 6:44 AM
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Nice job coach! Anyone can ride 100 miles, but who can ride 8-1/2 hours?

Seems like there's a bad wreck on that stretch every year.

2006-06-10 9:05 AM
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What a feat.  Could I drag MYSELF through a century?  Not sure, let alone 25 others.  You gave them a gift.


2007-08-04 2:10 PM
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Well done! That Emerald Bay climb is nerve wracking in a car, yet alone leading 25 + others. Bravo!

2007-08-04 2:33 PM
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I did that TNT ride in 2002. Loved it and the experience! Your report brings back wonderful memories of that day... spooner hill, emerald bay ..oh don't forget those switchbacks!

Good job! You coaches are the greatest!

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