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New Orleans to Pensacola, Alabama
United States
Gulf Coast Interstate Relay
65F / 18C
Total Time = 14h 25m
Overall Rank = 2/23
Age Group = Team
Age Group Rank = 1/16
Pre-race routine:

Drove to New Orleans the day before. Lunch at Drago's then sit around hotel, waiting for tomorrow. 5 person team.
Event warmup:

None. Race is a bike relay from New Orleans to Penacola Beach Florida. 263 miles. 5 person team. Team name is "Small Town Big Beach". Its also a running relay. Loaded the bus and got to the starting line.
  • 14h 25m
  • 263 miles
  • 18.24 mile/hr

Very fun day. We had a 5 person team and we rotated throughout the day. My longest segment was 16.80 miles. 1 riding a bike, 1 driving the van, and the rest of us navigating and strategizing. What a crazy day. From New Orleans to just outside of Mobile was pretty straightforward, but once we got to Mobile, the directions were challenging. We started at 6AM, some started at 4 and we passed people throughout the day. We had a rider get lost in Mobile and that probably cost 20 minutes. We also made an error in Fairhope in the van, cost us 5 minutes. 1 guy flatted, add another 10 minutes. My stages very pretty straight forward. A couple of tough spots of traffic, no bike lane in a couple places, but otherwise pretty cool. By the time we got to Gulf Shores it was raining and I was happy I didn't have any stages left to ride in the dark. We had a great team and the bus ride was really fun and exciting. We were 2nd overall finisher, behind only a soloist who happened to be a recent, North American Winner at the Race Across America.
What would you do differently?:

If my wife lets me do this again, these are things we can do better. Take the early start time. The dark ride was very light traffic and decent roads. Actually drive the parts of the route in Mobile to get bearings right. Otherwise, we nailed it.
Post race
Warm down:

Finish line was pretty lame.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Weather and wind, but I am happy.

Event comments:

The race is a great concept. It was really designed for running, but they added the bike race to increase the revenue. The routes had several places where it just wasn't safe to bike. Most of this could have been addressed if any bikers had been consulted. All that said, it was so fun.

Last updated: 2014-04-14 12:00 AM
14:25:00 | 263 miles | 18.24 mile/hr
Age Group: 1/16
Overall: 2/23
Performance: Good
My Legs Stage 10 and 11 16.80 miles 58.56 Waveland to Pass Christian Stage 18 and 19 10.56 miles 34.42 Moss Point to Irvington, AL Stge 24 8.27 miles 28.34 Battleship Parkway to Daphne Stage 30 10.93 miles 35.26 Bon Secour to Gulf Shores
Wind: Headwind with gusts
Course: Started in New Orleans, took hiway 90 through Mississippi, then lots of turns through Mobile. Across the Causeway, then south to the beach. Along the beach from Gulf Shores to Pensacola Beach.
Road:   Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks:
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? No
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? No
Plenty of drinks?
Post race activities: Bad
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2014-04-14 4:07 PM

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Gulf Shores, AL
Subject: Gulf Coast Interstate Relay

2014-04-16 9:32 AM
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Queen BTich
Subject: RE: Gulf Coast Interstate Relay

Congrats! Sorry about getting lost...ooof.

I've wanted to do this the past 2 years. It almost worked out this year with a running team, as they had a member drop, but the timing didn't work out and they ended up deferring to next year. We'll see...looks like a blast!

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