Team Madison participated in the Hampton Roads Tour de Cure 2009 this Saturday. We had 3 riders and raised $1248.00 for Diabetes Research!
My 2 Daughters rode the 10 mile family fun ride and I did the 100 mile century ride. This was my first century ride and did I ever learn a lot! My bike was too heavily loaded and I did not start training early enough. The guy at the bike shop was right when he told me there was a big difference between the 30 miles I did last year and the 100 I did this year. My time was 10 hours! I crossed the finish line 1 hour after the course was closed.
The hardest part of the route was the 20 miles between rest stop 3 and the half way point. I seriously started to doubt that I would actually finish. I kept pushing on and was making all the minimum times to stay on the 100 mile course. On the last leg, a SAG motorcycle pulled up next to me. I was expecting them to tell me that I had to stop but all he asked was my rider number and them proceeded on.
My bike was outfitted with a 2 meter twin lead J-pole antenna. It was good to listen to the hams over the entire course. I would stop and talk with them at the rest stops. I also had an Etrex Legend GPS unit on the handle bar to make sure that I stayed on the course. Next year I don’t think I will carry the tires, tubes (well, maybe the tubes), and all the tools that I had. I could have totally dissassembled the bike with what I had onboard. I was ready for any emergency. I guess I just over engineered the process.
My GPS unit when dead about 5 miles from the finish. I did have some fresh batteries but at that point I knew I was close to the finish and did not want to stop. I was hoping that they had at least kept the signs up. I almost missed the second to the last turn because there were no signs but I saw the paint on the road and made the turn.
All in all it was a good day. I am looking forward to next year and hoping our team will be bigger and we can raise more money. I really appreciate the support we received and look forward to continuing that next year.