Sunday, September 07, 2008

Squid on Wheels -- The New York City Century 2008

Today was the 19th annual New York Century , A century, for those of you not in the know, is a 100 mile bike ride. The New York Century ride features five routes, ranging from 15 to 100 miles. This is the third time that Team Squid has participated in the ride and the furthest that we have ridden. We have now done the 35, 55 and 75 mile portions and no, we will not be doing the 100 next year -- we have an affair to attend that weekend , we'll try to find a different Century to ride -- maybe the Covered Bridges Metric Century in Lancaster.

I'd be lying if I said the ride was perfect. The kids got tired but were determined to finish. We offered to abort several times but they both insisted on continuing. Even after a bike fell on Squidette (she was sitting on the grass at a rest stop and my bike tipped over on her) she kept going.

Injuries were minor -- a branch scratched Little Squid's arm and I have some friction burns where my legs meet my saddle. (There is also some mild sunburn. Even our super duper sunblock can't beat 11 hours in the sun.)

Equipment malfunctions were non existent. 5 bikes (we had a friend riding with us), 10 tires and zero flats. Pretty amazing.

Now we are a bit sore, a tad tired but hey, we did it! 85 miles total including the ride to the subway to get to the start and the ride all the way home.

6:15 a.m. (Notice the new jerseys -- large Squid on the back, of course)Times Square -- about 7:00 a.m.

The Cyclone -- around 11:30 a.m.
The Kissena Park Velodrome (that's Little Squid on the track) -- around 1:00 p.m.
The Finish Line, 79 miles later -- about 5:00 p.m.

Honorary Squid -- He planned on riding the 35, maybe the 55, and stayed with us for the entire 75 (really 79).


Anonymous said...

Congratulations on the great ride! Color me majorly impressed!

Penny said...

Mazel Tov!!!!!!!

Susan said...

Whoa! I'm impressed big time. Not only did you ride it, but you remained upright long enough to post about it! amazing

Cookie said...

I am so impressed by and proud of Team Squid! I hope there was chocolate afterward.

Uncle Josh said...

Wow. I am so impressed. I can hardly ride two miles on a bike. 75 miles is like riding up and down a football field 1,320 times. That's a lot!

So proud of you and can't wait to see you soon.

Kristen said...

Congratulations to all!