Sunday, September 13, 2009

Buffalo Bicycle Classic

We got free hats!

A few months ago Sean asked us to ride the Buffalo Bicycle Classic with him. Our plan was to do the 50 mile ride. A few days ago I found out if you ride the Century all the way to Ft. Collins and got your bib punched, you could get a free hat when you got back to the finish line. That was reason enough for me! So we rode our first Century today -- 100 miles.

I think around 2500 people registered to ride and all but 4 had road bikes or hybrids. I rode my mountain bike and on the ride I saw only 2 other people on mountain bikes. There was one woman on a single-speed -- crazy! On the way back I saw her stopped at an aid station changing out her front chainring.

The aid stations were amazing. Apples, oranges, bananas, grapes, watermelon, pretzels, graham crackers, Oreos, Rice Krispie bars, granola bars, cakes, bagels (with peanut butter, Nutella, or cheese), PBJ sandwiches, Gatorade, water, other sports drinks, ... One aid station had pizza and barbecue! We stopped at every one for 10-15 minutes.

And that was just food along the course, every 10 miles or so. Back at the finish line there was pasta and free beer and more dessert goodies!

Despite all our stops we managed to finish the ride in 8 hours 30 minutes. And now our butts are very sore.

Check out the route and pics of Laurel, Sean, and Dan at Carter Lake.

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