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sjclaeys
09-24-2012, 04:19 PM
Now that the 50 States ride and the PPTC Backroad Century are in the books, who is doing the Seagull Century? Also, any tips from past Seagull Century riders?

bluerider
09-24-2012, 04:50 PM
I will be there.

jabberwocky
09-24-2012, 04:59 PM
I did it last year but am passing on it this year. Its a fun event. My only tip is to start as early as you can; last year Dirt and I were about 30 minutes after the earliest start time, and we spent the first hour dodging massive groups of slower riders. Its an absolutely massive event. My other advice is to save something for the run back from the coast. We went hard for the first 70, but the last 30 were where the headwinds kicked in, and those headwinds were nasty. I think 2/3 of my energy for the whole event was expended in the last 30 miles.

Megabeth
09-24-2012, 05:22 PM
Make sure to eat that pie at the mile-80-something rest stop. It's goooood.

Justin Antos
09-24-2012, 07:32 PM
I'm signed up for the first time this year - doing the Assateague route.

Jabberwocky - when you say slower riders, how slow do you mean? We are thinking of starting not too early, but we're probably more medium-speed...

Megabath - Pie, you say? Hmmm.... now I am seriously intrigued...!

Looking forward to it.

jabberwocky
09-24-2012, 08:59 PM
Jabberwocky - when you say slower riders, how slow do you mean?Dirt and I averaged 20 mph on that one, so we were rolling pretty good.

Megabeth
09-25-2012, 02:02 PM
Megabath - Pie, you say? Hmmm.... now I am seriously intrigued...!

Looking forward to it.

Oh, yes, pie! Warm gooey pie handed to you by the sweetest old ladies in the world.

The first year I did Seagull, it was during a N'oreaster. Those ladies were like Angels. The pie was the fuel that kept me warm in my tummy until the end.

The second time I did Seagull, the pie was so fantastic. We averaged above 20 mph the whole day, so I earned that slab of sweetness. In fact, I have fond memories of that pie. It was the last bit of solid food I had until after the surgery on my arm the next morning after busting it on the entry into the finishing tunnel. Tip: Do not put your arm out to break a fall else you break your arm and wrist and have to be whisked off in an ambulance. The upside - I got morphine instead of beer at the end and a "bionic" arm!

americancyclo
09-25-2012, 02:42 PM
find a pack of fast riders, and hang off the back for the last 30! The Major Talyor group from NY took good care of us on the way back inland towards pie and ice cream.

vvill
09-25-2012, 06:22 PM
Tip: Do not put your arm out to break a fall else you break your arm and wrist and have to be whisked off in an ambulance.

Good advice. I did that on my commute last year and then rode the last couple miles to work before deciding the pain was a bit more than my regular ol' RSI and checking into a hospital. My "upside" was getting to ride metrobus + rail to work for a month afterwards. :(


I wouldn't mind doing the Seagull one year but it's a bit far away so it's never seriously been on my radar.

Brendan von Buckingham
09-27-2012, 05:40 AM
Reading threads like this makes me just want a road bike.

vvill
09-27-2012, 07:44 AM
Reading threads like this makes me just want a road bike.

Go test ride one! :D

I never realized how different the feel of a road bike was until I bought mine.

KS1G
09-27-2012, 10:34 AM
Finally pulled the trigger and signed up for Assateague, hopefully in time for my packet to be mailed to me. I'd estimate >7,000 registered riders at this point. 2nd the recommendations - try to leave early, mind the possibility of squirrly cyclists while the crowd thins out, expect a big crowd at the 1st rest stop, save something for headwinds the last 30 miles, and a rest stop with delightful ladies serving fresh pie rocks! A game I play as I pass (I can dream, can't I) and get passed by other riders is identifying where they are from based on helmet decorations. I enjoy the sight of bike types you don't often see and some you never see on the hillier rides in the region - 'bents, trikes, lots more tandems (heaven to draft), fixies, unicycles (yes, unicycles), maybe some bladers.

baiskeli
09-27-2012, 10:43 AM
The first year I did Seagull, it was during a N'oreaster. Those ladies were like Angels. The pie was the fuel that kept me warm in my tummy until the end.

Was that 2005? I did it then. If that's the year you're talking about, you grossly understate it - the area got was five full inches of rain that day, along with lots of wind gusts. Luckily it was warm tropical rain and wind.

sjclaeys
10-05-2012, 07:55 AM
The weather is looking pretty good for tomorrow's Seagull Century with maybe some rain around 4:00. I'll be wearing my yellow and brown Dogfish Head jersey and hope to start around 7:30.

sjclaeys
10-07-2012, 04:49 PM
Yesterday's Seagull Century was great. Perfect weather, except for a nice headwind the last 30 miles. The pie and ice cream at mile 85 were perfect. The only not so fun part was the road into and out of Assateague. The vehicle traffic was heavy and rumble strips along the side of the road made the bicycle riding congested.

bluerider
10-07-2012, 06:52 PM
I had a really nice ride. In terms of speed, I crushed it. Did it in 5 hours and 51 minutes with an average speed of 17.4. For me, that was huge. I didn't even look at the stats while riding so for a rider that averages 15.5 most of the time I was surprised. The big helping of headwind sucked.

Heres a couple of pics.

http://i117.photobucket.com/albums/o43/rsigworth/IMG_0423.jpg

http://i117.photobucket.com/albums/o43/rsigworth/IMG_0421.jpg

http://i117.photobucket.com/albums/o43/rsigworth/IMG_0424.jpg

sjclaeys
10-08-2012, 12:58 PM
Here are some of my photos from the Seagull:

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Justin Antos
10-08-2012, 02:34 PM
What a blast! A well-run, huge ride. Heck, you don't even need a cue sheet, and the tailwinds were amazing.

Oh, and PIE!

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