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FixForLife
02-12-2006, 10:30 PM
great ride...i had an amazing time! anyone else go?

Matt P.
02-13-2006, 08:22 AM
I did, along with my friend Tomas, who's planning to ride 10,000 miles this year (I'm trying for a mere 6,500)

Weather was beautiful, the cycling was good (though my GPS says that the 18-mile route was actually 17.5 miles, even taking into account the detour around the derailed train), and the chicken soup at the end was great. CCC and Lucky Lab did a great job with the event and according to them there was something like 1,000 cyclists yesterday.

I rode to and from the ride, so my ride yesterday was about 42 miles.

Fun stuff!

-Matt P.
Milwaukie (Ok, Oak Grove, actually)

punkfairy
02-13-2006, 08:51 AM
Geez, I thought I was being ambitious wanting to ride 4,000 miles this year...

The ride Sunday rocked! This was my second "event" type ride ever. I did the Bridge Pedal last year. But I registered for the Seattle to Portland this year, so I'm going to be doing a lot more riding!

cyberk
02-13-2006, 09:05 AM
That was a great ride! It must be really hard for the organizers to plan, because depending on weather you could probably gain 50% of the total ridership. Yesterday's was packed!

Fun times. Thanks to all who organized and participated.

Jonathan Maus
02-13-2006, 09:40 AM
yeah, much thanks to everyone involved with this ride. I just posted a report and some photos over on the blog.

I rode about half the ride with Eleni, my 3 yr-old daughter and we had a great time. I'm hoping to hear more about the after-party at the Lucky Lab...did any of you go? How was it? any photos?

falkor
02-14-2006, 09:43 AM
The weather was great. The route was great. I even made a new friend at the start of the ride who stayed with me the entire way. No complaints at all except...the start and the finish.

Ugh. The organizers are behind the curve on this one. They seem to be using the same strategy they used two years ago when I tried this ride, and it just hasn't kept pace with the number of riders. When I pulled up to the Lucky Lab and saw the soup line winding around the block (two years ago it didn't even stick out of the pub), I just turned around and rode home.

Matt P.
02-14-2006, 02:50 PM
Actually, the line wasn't that bad. It was pretty long, but it only took about 15 minutes to get through it. For me, it was worth it, coming out with a bowl of soup with 2 fistfulls of crackers in it and another fistfull of rolls. My only complaint was that all the Odwalla bottles at CCC were completely frozen, and it took a few minutes before they got the water out there for people to drink. Overall, though - things seemed to go well. My first organized ride was Bridge Pedal last year, which was a lot of fun other than the couple spots where it took 20 minutes to get anywhere because of the volume of riders.

-Matt P.

peregrine
02-14-2006, 05:52 PM
I did the 40-miler and had a lot of fun! The weather was great and I met some cool new people :] Only problem - the route was quite hard to follow. As one guy I caught up with suggested, it was more like a "you're lost" ride :P

FixForLife
02-15-2006, 06:08 PM
I rode to and from the ride, so my ride yesterday was about 42 miles.

Fun stuff!

-Matt P.
Milwaukie (Ok, Oak Grove, actually)

yeah, i rode to and from aswell. it wasn't nearly the 42...i live by 3rd and college so it wasn't that far to go back and forth.

it was awsome to see as many fixed gears as i did there!

and as for the seattle to portland ride, i'm planning on doing that one...maybe on my fixed...maybe

maria123
02-16-2006, 09:10 AM
What a disappointment to ride 40 miles, stopping every 2 to check the map since the long course was unmarked, only to return to the Lucky Lab where:

* secured bike parking was closing
* no more chili or cornbread were left
* chicken soup that was left was burnt and gross
* we were continually asked to move as tables were being broken down
* once on the terrace, we had to listen to unbelievably loud disassembling of tent poles

We did take 5 hours to do the ride, which I think is pretty reasonable for 40 unmarked miles that included 2 gigantic climbs. CCC should either not offer the 40 mile route or offer the same amenities to the 40 milers that they do to the 18. What a BUST!!!!

Ayleen@GoodSport
02-16-2006, 11:54 AM
Hi maria123,

The Worst Day of the Year Ride more than doubled in size this year - from 750 riders last year to around 1,525 this year. The ride started with only around 200 riders five years ago. It is now the fourth largest single day ride in the state.

Sorry to hear you were so disappointed with the ride and consider it a bust! The 40-mile loop was originally conceived of as an extra challenge through the hills for people who just wanted to ride a little harder. Last year was the first year for that loop, 60 hearty riders rode it and pretty much stayed together or knew the route. We were simply overwhelmed with the 300+ people who signed up late in the game to participate in that element this year. We never wanted it to be a fully-supported route because of the logistics involved with that and the Community Cycling Center wanting to keep costs down and fundraising for programs up. We also didn't expect riders to want to ride the loop if they weren't going to be able to finish it in three hours since this has always been a short event.

HOWEVER! After this year and the extreme growth of the event, we've realized we need to do something about that.

We learned a lot from the phenomenal growth spurt we experienced this year and we have plenty of ideas for improving upon the ride next year. It's pretty amazing that the ride grows so much every year. That certainly says something about the quality of the event and the participants' admirable interest in supporting the good work of the Community Cycling Center.

Thanks to Jonathan to tipping me off to your comments, now I can forward them on to the entire WDYR team at our wrap up meeting and we can give them serious consideration. I don't usually peek in on these forums (sorry Jonathan) so I wouldn't have seen your comments otherwise.

maria123, please feel free to contact me directly if you'd like to comment further on your experience at the event, and we sincerely hope you'll give it another shot next year (like the overwhlming majority of riders do).

Thanks,
Ayleen Crotty
Good Sport Promotion, Worst Day of the Year Ride coordinators
Former CCC employee of 5 years

maria123
02-17-2006, 09:02 AM
Hi Ayleen,
Thanks for the explanation, sorry I'm such a whiner. = )

Wow, did anyone actually finish that ride in 3 hours? That's pretty impressive. I'm in good shape, train & commute a good amount and average around 18mph - the 5 hours for me was due to the climbing and the continual "where are we?" state of mind. I did watch a lot of people finish after me - each face sadder than the last that the food & tables & parking were gone.

Anyway, I'm glad CCC received such a huge turnout this year and hope it continues! Next year I'll do the short ride so I can have fun and save my challenge rides for training days.

Rubber side down,
Maria

PeteJacobsen
02-20-2006, 10:44 PM
I really enjoyed the ride last weekend - it was my first organized ride. The thing that really threw me off, however, was that the large, changing group that I was riding with just blew through stop signs all the time. I think the group ran three lights as well, after comments like "I don't think it knows we're here". Is this normal for these rides?

The brochure talked about obeying all laws, and I actually usually do when I ride by myself. It was...unexpected! I guess I could get use to it if that's just the way it is done, but I'm curious if it is considered normal.

Still, I had a great time and I thank the organizers!

peregrine
02-22-2006, 08:43 PM
I really enjoyed the ride last weekend - it was my first organized ride. The thing that really threw me off, however, was that the large, changing group that I was riding with just blew through stop signs all the time. I think the group ran three lights as well, after comments like "I don't think it knows we're here". Is this normal for these rides?

The brochure talked about obeying all laws, and I actually usually do when I ride by myself. It was...unexpected! I guess I could get use to it if that's just the way it is done, but I'm curious if it is considered normal.

Still, I had a great time and I thank the organizers!


The group I was with admittedly did not stop completely at stop signs if there weren't any cars around but did slow down to 2-3 mph. I think there are cyclists out there that don't obey the traffic laws but from my experience as a bike commuter, most of them do.

Unfortunately a lot of the traffic lights don't seem to 'detect' when a cyclists is waiting at an intersection (and there are no cars), so you could just stand at that intersection until a car finally shows up or you could wait for a clearing in traffic and just go for it. It's happened to me late at night or on Sundays and I'll admit that once I see that the traffic light is not going to change for me, I just go.

The rest of the time, however, I do obey the traffic laws. If I'm going to 'share the road' with the rest of the traffic, might as well share the rules too, eh?

Matt P.
02-23-2006, 02:57 PM
The thing that really threw me off, however, was that the large, changing group that I was riding with just blew through stop signs all the time. I think the group ran three lights as well, after comments like "I don't think it knows we're here". Is this normal for these rides?

The brochure talked about obeying all laws, and I actually usually do when I ride by myself. It was...unexpected! I guess I could get use to it if that's just the way it is done, but I'm curious if it is considered normal.


I don't know if it's normal or not. They also asked everyone audibly at the start line to obey lights and stop signs. I and my riding buddy did so, except in one or two instances where we had a LOT of cyclists around and closely behind us who weren't stopping.

Personally, I believe it's important to obey the laws for vehicles. Drivers expect consistency, and inconsistent behavior causes confusion, which contributes to accidents. 80% of the drivers out there are courteous, another 15% are kind of jerks, and the last 5% are real a$$&@^$#. The same is true for cyclists. If we could take the cars away from the maniacs and stop the cycling minority that wears headphones and no helmet, has no lights or reflectors and rides the wrong way on the bike path or (worse) on the sidewalk, I think 90% of our problems would just disappear.

Sorry for the mini-rant.