The Eddie Richard’s Memorial
Rotary 100 Bike Tour
A Premiere New Jersey Bicycle Event
This was my first ride of the rotary 100 bike ride out Burlington New Jersey.
The weather could’ve been better . Cloudy all day temps in the 60-70′s and just the hint of a sprinkle. The overcast skies were probably a plus in hindsight. Wind was not a factor today which is always a concern on these flatter courses. I can only imagine how hard this Ride would be in July or August with heat and a higher humidity level.
The course was flat with elevation of approximately 300 feet, there were a few Rolling hills that kept the ride interesting and the legs working. The course was well marked and the rest stops were spaced just correctly and were well stocked. The cue sheet was organized and accurate.
Road selection was good with minimal traffic. Riding out of Burlington New Jersey to the east you go through farmland reminding me of some of my Lancaster Pennsylvania rides.
This was my earliest metric century and by the end of the ride my knee did start to ache a little bit but at no time was it a problem. Nothing that an advil and a couple of beers at the end of the ride could not correct.
My overall time for the ride of 67 miles was good with an average miles per hour of 14.5 which is about typical for a flat course such as this and my training condition.
I think this will be a repeat ride in 2014.
I will repeat my usual criticism for this ride only one being that there was no visible SAG support during the ride. In my opinion a roving SAG vehicle can provide quicker assistance to a rider with a mechanical or emergency need rather than the time required to field a cell phone call on the course.
This visible presence assures riders and alerts drivers that they are sharing the road with cyclists.
Tour de Scranton 2013
The 10 year this year had record attendance ( rumored) and fantastic weather . The wet and cool April vanished for this Sunday spring ride benefiting the Erin Morekan Drug and alcohol treatment fund.k
The the temperatures were perfect in the 70′s with sunny skys to start. Finishing cloudy but no rain.
My initial goal was to complete the 65 mile loop but conditioning and time commitment dictated the Forest City route.
The mass start out of Scranton was safely executed, in the past I’ve seen a fair share of spills and crashes. The police and volunteer support in the early sections was excellent and upped the safety factor.
Traffic was busy and “behaved” all day and I heard no reports on any rider accidents. The road surfaces were amazingly good for spring in NE Pennsylvania after what was a mild winter. The usual pot holes and grates this ride require a keen eye all day, I noticed several punctured riders over the course of the day. My Bontrager Hardcase 25c performed flawlessly ( inflated to 100 psi).
I blew off the first two rest stops opting for a longer rest at Forest City, in hind sight not a wise decision I should have made one at least .
My overall time was the fastest for the 47 mile out and back loop.
46.9 miles at 13.9 average, I made a late effort when I saw the numbers in was putting up happy with that .
Lone criticism :
One thing to consider would be roving SAG on the course. One or two volunteer vehicles on the courses throughout the day offers real benefits to a group ride such as this in my opinion. The visual presence to motorists indicating cyclists in the area and a comfort level to participants. The on course SAG with radio / cell support can have a shortened response time for mechanical problems and emergency issues.
I will say it again I like this first ride of the season and will return!
The 2013 organized ride season is taking shape.
I’m trying to put my calendar in order for the first half of the summer then look at the second half, reason being, add new rides (?) and add some variety.
I hate to admit it but after 10 years the rides blend into a blurr.
Kick off is the Tour de Scranton my fourth time and a benefit for The Erin Jessica Moreken Drug & Alcohol Treatment …This is an early and great ride in Northeast PA and a no miss for me. The course on the 47 mile is a mixed bag of quiet and traveled winter ravaged roads, bring a bike with good tires .
Mid May I’m thinking about skipping the DVBC Bonkers ride and instead doing a ride out of Burlington NJ put together by the Rotary. It’s on a Saturday and would offer a metric with some flat terrain, good early season stuff.
At this writing I’m still behind on miles by 100 count, project now is too pile on some good miles and not aggravate any knee minor issues that have a tendency to crop up.
Today I’ve sworn off bitching about the cold Mid Atlantic spring, it’s been almost daily since Easter weekend.
The first quarter mile totals are dismal to say the least.
To date 118 miles ridden which is exactly 100 less than 2012. Ride number totals are 9 vs 14 which, sounds less shabby, but the early spring rides usually consist of the longer flatter Schuylkill River trail variety that yield bigger numbers.
A cold damp March that would not let go, even April 1 eve is looking damp in an extended way.
A hallway painting project that drug on for 2 weeks, and was comparable to painting the inside of a phone booth ( a what ?) with a Q tip. Not to mention the physical toll that it took. That might have been a preconditioning effort, still to be determined.
So .. Will try to recoup 100 extra miles in April to being the mile totals on line with goals.
The 2013 ride calendar is shaping up and will be posted soon.
First up – Tour de Scranton . End April .
I went to do the preseason look over on the cannondale, pulled the downtube FD lever and nothing. Loose cable was first thought but in fact the die cast nub the hold spring tension had broken off.
I don’t suspect rough handling, the piece just appears to have failed.
I’ve got my replacement and I will hang on to the old one for parts.
For what it is worth the FD 4403 is a braze on triple FD. It provided a lot of lateral movement over a sora triple crank “arrangement” .
Glad it didn’t fail on the PASA / Victory brew ride last September !!!!!!!
I’ve added a photo close up of old FD right with new back (left) , you can see the missing piece .
Oh hello 2013.. It’s been that long.
Cold winter and I’m sick of it …….time for cycling. My mental state suffers more than physical from the lack of saddle time.
On the winter building front, limited activity.
I will stay 105 shimano RD on the Bianchi, the Dura Ace RD won’t allow anything but friction shift and that will not do.
The DA weighs 1/2 as much as the 105 but so what.
The work horse Trek 5000 is at the shop for a professional look over (overdue) and will be ready soon, including new bar tape !!!!
Reviewing the 2013 ride calendar and want to maintain the favorite rides but toss in some newbies, will see what comes along.
I suppose it’s time to succumb to the season and drag out the trainer and turn some pedals.
If I’m lucky and the Philadelphia January produces a 40 degree weekend day some outdoor cycling can occur.