Monday, September 19, 2011

Waves to Wine 2011

The ride is over, and it was It was a beautiful weekend. The eleven members of Mike's Bikes team did the ride. Then ten of us who started on Saturday completed the 100 mile course on Saturday on a day where the temperature barely reached 80 and the 75 on Sunday when it was a bit warmer but still great biking weather. There was of course some drama as the bottom bracket on Kyle's bike broke at the top of Marshall Hill, and my new video camera with the handlebar mount broke down a steep and bumpy descent on Sunday. But Kyle was riding a loaner bike courtesy of Mike's on Sunday and I recovered the camera: there will be videos in the near future.

We're all a bit tired and sore, but I felt better doing this ride than I have in any of the preceding three years; I am back in shape and it is great. As I have told people around me, my waist size is down (I now have belts that are too large) as is my weight. Of course, I still have more to go.

Thank you all for contributions you made. My total for fundraising was $6,760 on the morning of the ride; The Mike's Bikes team raised $17,520 and the MS chapter believes that they are have raised about $1.75M towards their goal of $2M. I know that there are still some matching funds waiting, as well as people who have not donated yet. If you have not, you can still go to the MS website to contribute.

The ride logs for the two days of the ride, courtesy of Strava, follow. Pictures will be coming in the near as we gather media from all the various cameras.


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