Posted in Coach's CommentsJune 22, 2008
Because I know this can’t wait until the morning, and because I have to be to work in 4 hours, I figured I’d submit a report of the tonight’s 3rd Annual No Sleep ‘Til Brooklyn Century. We started with 15 riders, including a couple of unfamiliar but welcome faces, and unlike last year there was beautiful weather, no injuries, and only one flat. The park was packed early on, and our progress was slowed by a stalled ambulance and a police scooter that managed to park at such an angle as to block as much of the remaining road as possible. By 9p the crowd thinned out and aside from a few trucks of porta-potties (from last night’s opera) and cars going the wrong way – hey they don’t belong in there in the first place, so why should we expect them to go the right way – it was smooth sailing from there. We got high fives from kids, a few “allez, allez, allez” chants, groups whistling, and more than a few curious looks.
As for the ride itself, we finished in 5:22:53, which is good for 18.95 mph for the 102 miles. Our fastest lap was #4 in 10:02, and our slowest was 11:37 for lap 22, but that was the lap immediately after our feed. Average lap time was 10:43.48.
Nine riders – Leanne (one of only two 3-time NSTB finishers), Johanna, Jeannine, Killer, Tom, Shane, Ari Maisonave, Larry Lewis, and I finished on the lead lap. Anthony Monaghan and Scott Towle also completed the full 100. We lost a few others as the ride went on, but a good time was had by all.
Special thanks to Drew for delivering food to us, as well as Jen, Hillary, Ike, Sarah, Mordy, and Patti Buffolano for supporting us, and to Doug Oldiges for riding with us for a while and then staying around to cheer. The group retired to Bar Tano for an amazingly modest amount of adult beverages and pizza. I suspect that when I get back on a bike to coach in a few hours I’ll start wishing I had a desk job with a secure little cubicle. But for now this seems like a pretty cool way to spend a Saturday night. Thanks to everyone that came out.