Re: 2 unicyclists reported at a century in Tahoe
Damn I hate this. Posts from the news server I use at home never seem to
show up. I posted Gary’s description of the ride this morning…here it is
We did the 72 miles around the Lake, not the full 100 miles. (were crazy,
not insane). Trust me, the 72 miles was more than enough, with the climbing
and descending at altitude ! There was more downhill then I’ve ever ridden,
and by the end it took it’s toll on both of our ankles and Scot’s knee.
The ride went very well overall. The weather was absolutely perfect. Clear
skies, slight wind, not too hot, very nice. We started from the Horizon
hotel at stateline in South Shore and headed clockwise around the lake.
Around the ride, we received more attention and positive comments then I
have ever gotten. Most people, riders and non-riders alike were just blown
The ride was about 80% consisting of the “Team in Training” Leukemia riders
from all over the country. This is what lead to all the great atmosphere and
all the positiveness. We got groups of riders passing us and each one of
them would yell something like “You’re awesome !!” “You’re my Hero” “You’re
a Rock Star !!” etc.
The first major climb up to Emerald Bay went well. My major mistake for the
ride was that I had 175mm cranks on my Coker and I couldn’t keep up with
Scot’s Coker with the 145mm he was running. I did better on the steep
climbing parts, but Scot just rode away from me on the flats and on the
descents. I hadn’t trained enough for this distance, so I started really
hurting after 40 miles and really suffered the last 15-20 miles. Scot was
really strong throughout the entire ride, until his butt started hurting at
about 50 miles. Mine was hurting after about 35 miles.
We started the ride at 7:15 am and we were out there about 9 hours. We
averaged about 11 mph and our actual riding time was about 6 1/2 hours.
There were rest stops and a lunch stop and all the other stops that ate up
the 2 1/2 hours of non-riding time.
By the end we were both running on empty and our bodies were very sore. The
finish was really incredible. I didn’t expect it, but they had a finish line
and it was lined with hundreds of people. Scot and I rode across the finish
line to an absolute roar from the crowd. We dismounted, did a high 5 and
were surrounded by a crowd of people wanting to take pictures of us and ask
us questions and just shake our hands. It was wild !! Definitely a moment I
will never forget. There was a lady who said she would e-mail Scot a photo,
so we’ll see.
Scot and I each got a message from the tent they had set up at the finish.
We really lucked out, because we turned out to be the very last two to get
messages before they packed up. Trust me, we needed it so bad !!! It really
helped a lot.
The whole experience was incredible and we both feel very proud to have
completed the full 72 miles around the Lake. Next year, I’m going to do the
ride on my Kickbike, I think that will be more enjoyable with all the
downhills and flat and rolling terrain. The hills are not really that
difficult and should be very manageable on the Kickbike. (check out
www.kickbike.com if you don’t know what a kickbike is)
Anyway, we had an awesome time and it was a really fun experience.