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Megabeth
12-07-2012, 06:33 PM
Hi there, I'm Megan (aka Megabeth) and I'm going to be riding around Hains Point loop for 100 miles. I know, you may think that's all kinds of crazy, but it's true. I'm doing this to raise awareness and funds for the Washington Area Bicycling Association's Women & Bicycles program. I deeply believe that getting more women on bikes will make DC a better place for everyone.

Come join me on December 23rd as I complete these 100 miles riding solely on Hains Point. Gathering at 9:30. My ride starts at 10:00 am and will go on until I finish.

Donate and/or join me for a few laps, several miles...or for the whole thing! Interested? I'd love to know if you're going to be out there. Go here for details (https://sites.google.com/site/hainspoint100/).

(Rumor has it that some other forum regulars will also be joining me...come one, come all!)

It's a social ride, so come when you want...leave when you want.

All skill levels of riders, ages, women, men, and children are invited. Feel free to break off into your own pacelines, work on your sprint, or just enjoy the day however you like.

Bike decorations and costumes are strongly encouraged and will amuse me as I complete my 100 mile journey.


Even if you can't make this ride, please I'd really love it if you could donate. Go here for details. (https://sites.google.com/site/hainspoint100/)

~~

Why am I doing this? In the Washington DC region, only 24% of regular bicyclists are women. We want to see that percentage to grow!

WABA's Women & Bicycles program seeks to get more women on bikes through programming that will provide information targeted to overcome barriers to cycling, provide coordination and mentoring, create a cohesive network , and more.

TwoWheelsDC
12-07-2012, 07:21 PM
I think my wife and I are hanging out by ourselves this Christmas, so I'm strongly inclined to join you. My wife might do some laps, but probably not 100 miles. Maybe she'll be willing to take the car down and provide support.

Megabeth
12-07-2012, 07:41 PM
Fantastic! Whether 0 laps, and just support or 1 lap or 33+ it doesn't matter! Working to get more Women on Bikes so every bit helps!

Bilsko
12-07-2012, 08:50 PM
I know I'm in town this year around Christmas, so I'm very keen to join for a lap or 20. We'll have folks in town but I think I should be able to get down to HP for a while in the morning. Will check schedules on my end and then fill in the nifty form you have set up sometime in the next couple of days.

dcv
12-08-2012, 07:59 AM
Sorry will be out of town, will donate. On the donation form do we enter your name to make sure you get credit? Where do we enter "women & bicycles"?

Thanks for doing this

Megabeth
12-08-2012, 08:08 AM
Put your name as the donator and put "Women & Bicycles" in the "In Honor Of" fields on the WABA donation form. (https://salsa.democracyinaction.org/o/451/t/11003/shop/custom.jsp?donate_page_KEY=2154) (I'll make that a little clearer on my web page, too.)

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! I'll ride a lap in your honor!

dbb
12-08-2012, 08:54 AM
Way cool! When will the cue sheet be available?

Will Tim be setting the pace?

Megabeth
12-08-2012, 09:56 AM
Oh, yeah, right. If Tim's setting the pace, then we'd be done in two hours. What's the fun in that?

Mikey
12-08-2012, 10:57 AM
That's awesome. You could rack up like 66 fail to stop at stopsign tickets during your trip.

Arlingtonrider
12-08-2012, 12:21 PM
I'll definitely donate, and if I'm in town and available that day, I'll be glad to tail for awhile - by about a hundred bazillion laps. I could be the sweep. ;)

It's great that you're doing this!

Arlingtonrider
12-08-2012, 01:46 PM
Oh, yeah, right. If Tim's setting the pace, then we'd be done in two hours.

. . . unless he was riding a bikeshare bike. :rolleyes: That could be fun.

KelOnWheels
12-08-2012, 02:03 PM
Sweet! If we are in town I'm in for a few laps!

Bilsko
12-08-2012, 06:51 PM
You sure you dont want to do it on the 24th instead? (http://app.strava.com/challenges/2012-rapha-festive-500)

Dirt
12-08-2012, 06:55 PM
You sure you dont want to do it on the 24th instead? (http://app.strava.com/challenges/2012-rapha-festive-500)
It's all about the KOMs. ;)

Megabeth
12-08-2012, 06:56 PM
Pshaw. Hains Point 100 is the warm up to that challenge....

TwoWheelsDC
12-08-2012, 07:09 PM
You sure you dont want to do it on the 24th instead? (http://app.strava.com/challenges/2012-rapha-festive-500)

My thoughts exactly!

eminva
12-08-2012, 08:32 PM
Megan, thanks so much for doing this. I know you said that women cyclists account for 24% of the total in our area, but among the long haul commuters, it feels like less (note I'm going by perception and not any scientific methodology). It is much better than it was a couple of years ago so I'm looking forward to more progress.

I will donate and probably be able to come along with my son, but for the second half. We will get to work on our costumes!

Liz

KLizotte
12-09-2012, 12:16 PM
Whoohoo Megabeth! :D I'll donate and probably join you for an hour or two moral support (I'll wave as you whizz by at 2x my speed - am recovering from abdominal surgery so am out of shape).

In DC it seems as if the numbers are closer to 50/50 but the further away from DC you go, the fewer female cyclists there are. A completely unscientific observation.

Megabeth
12-09-2012, 02:07 PM
I am very excited about the initial response and support for this ride. (Stay tuned for some exciting promos and incentives for donors and riders!) If you're planning on riding or donating, don't forget to visit Hains Point 100.
(https://sites.google.com/site/hainspoint100/)
In the meantime, I wanted to share some more information. I have seen an uptick of women riders in the DC area, and I love it! But, we still have a long way to go with getting women on bikes.

The 24% statistic covers the entire US and looks at all bicycle trips. (It's from the 2009 National Household Travel Survey (http://nhts.ornl.gov/2009/pub/stt.pdf).)

In the DC area, we do rank a little higher. Women make 33% of bike trips in this area. This statistic was cited in the report Trends and Determinants of Cycling in the Washington, DC Region (pdf) (www.mautc.psu.edu/docs/VT-2009-05.pdf).

According to this sweet infographic (http://www.webikeeugene.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/WeBikeEugeneMAP.jpg), females make up 36% of Washington, DC area bike commuters.

In another study, specifically geared towards the Washington, DC region it was reported that, "…compared to women, men are associated with a 2.65 greater likelihood to cycle to work". - “Determinants of Bicycle Commuting in the Washington, D.C. Region: The Role of Bicycle Parking, Cyclist Showers, and Free Car Parking at Work (http://www.bicyclinginfo.org/library/details.cfm?id=4771).”

It's more than just commuting, it's using the bike as a method of transportation beyond just getting to work. So, I would be remiss if I didn't mention the awesome Women Cycling Surveys (http://www.womencyclingproject.info/#survey)conducted by the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals. While not DC specific, it does show some of the hurdles and challenges area bike advocates, such as WABA, have to overcome to help increase the number of females on bikes.

Other articles of interest:
- Elly Blue also tells it like it is here (http://grist.org/biking/2011-06-20-bicyclings-gender-gap-its-the-economy-stupid/).
- Found this neat little chart (http://www.mnn.com/green-tech/transportation/stories/bicycle-commuting-how-does-your-state-and-gender-compare) where you can enter in a state and get some interesting bike commuter statistics.

TwoWheelsDC
12-09-2012, 03:24 PM
I am very excited about the initial response and support for this ride. (Stay tuned for some exciting promos and incentives for donors and riders!) If you're planning on riding or donating, don't forget to visit Hains Point 100.
(https://sites.google.com/site/hainspoint100/)
In the meantime, I wanted to share some more information. I have seen an uptick of women riders in the DC area, and I love it! But, we still have a long way to go with getting women on bikes.

The 24% statistic covers the entire US and looks at all bicycle trips. (It's from the 2009 National Household Travel Survey (http://nhts.ornl.gov/2009/pub/stt.pdf).)

In the DC area, we do rank a little higher. Women make 33% of bike trips in this area. This statistic was cited in the report Trends and Determinants of Cycling in the Washington, DC Region (pdf) (www.mautc.psu.edu/docs/VT-2009-05.pdf).

According to this sweet infographic (http://www.webikeeugene.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/WeBikeEugeneMAP.jpg), females make up 36% of Washington, DC area bike commuters.

In another study, specifically geared towards the Washington, DC region it was reported that, "…compared to women, men are associated with a 2.65 greater likelihood to cycle to work". - “Determinants of Bicycle Commuting in the Washington, D.C. Region: The Role of Bicycle Parking, Cyclist Showers, and Free Car Parking at Work (http://www.bicyclinginfo.org/library/details.cfm?id=4771).”

It's more than just commuting, it's using the bike as a method of transportation beyond just getting to work. So, I would be remiss if I didn't mention the awesome Women Cycling Surveys (http://www.womencyclingproject.info/#survey)conducted by the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals. While not DC specific, it does show some of the hurdles and challenges area bike advocates, such as WABA, have to overcome to help increase the number of females on bikes.

Other articles of interest:
- Elly Blue also tells it like it is here (http://grist.org/biking/2011-06-20-bicyclings-gender-gap-its-the-economy-stupid/).
- Found this neat little chart (http://www.mnn.com/green-tech/transportation/stories/bicycle-commuting-how-does-your-state-and-gender-compare) where you can enter in a state and get some interesting bike commuter statistics.

One factor I didn't see mentioned was that kids, at least in my experience growing up in the 80s/90s, learn early on that bikes are a toy for boys. In my family's social circles, I don't know that any of the girls (including my two older sisters) had bikes, but for the boys they were pretty much standard issue from like 5 years old. I think it goes back to the old stereotype that mechanical things are inherently masculine. While certainly there are exceptions, within my current peer group it seems to hold true...most the guys had bikes growing up and rode them everywhere as kids, but the girls, not so much. So I think men in general tend to have a very nostalgic view of bikes that most (many? some?) women don't, so I hope WABA is keeping that in mind with its advocacy. Or maybe I'm talking out of my ass...it's entirely possible.

eminva
12-09-2012, 04:14 PM
One factor I didn't see mentioned was that kids, at least in my experience growing up in the 80s/90s, learn early on that bikes are a toy for boys. In my family's social circles, I don't know that any of the girls (including my two older sisters) had bikes, but for the boys they were pretty much standard issue from like 5 years old. I think it goes back to the old stereotype that mechanical things are inherently masculine. While certainly there are exceptions, within my current peer group it seems to hold true...most the guys had bikes growing up and rode them everywhere as kids, but the girls, not so much. So I think men in general tend to have a very nostalgic view of bikes that most (many? some?) women don't, so I hope WABA is keeping that in mind with its advocacy. Or maybe I'm talking out of my ass...it's entirely possible.

If this is true, then we have apparently gone backwards. A decade or two before TwoWheels youth, when I was young, it was a rite of passage for boys and girls alike. Maybe the difference is that we were using bikes for transportation, not just sport. I grew up in Texas (not then or now known as a rival to Portland), and the bike racks took up half the parking lot at my middle school. I just used Google maps to look at an aerial view of the same school and I don't see a single bike rack. So perhaps that trend away from utility cycling had already started by the time you were growing up.

Another observation: Women's cycling was not even an Olympic sport until 1984. For those of us "over a certain age," there was virtually no competitive outlet for cycling so if we were interested in competition, we probably would have pursued others sports.

And if this hypothesis is true, than WABA might have an easier time getting women in my generation back on the bike for errand running and such, because we did that forty years ago. It might require a marketing and education effort for younger women.

Liz

Arlingtonrider
12-09-2012, 05:23 PM
Ditto. My parents weren't bike riders themselves, but I had a trike or bike almost as far back as I can remember. I think I rode to school starting in first or second grade. There were bikeless years here and there depending on where we lived and where the school was, but for most of my early life I was expected to get myself around wherever possible. Your comments are interesting, Liz. I think a lot of women who grew up with bikes are enjoying re-discovering them.

txgoonie
12-10-2012, 08:41 AM
I think a lot of women who grew up with bikes are enjoying re-discovering them.

This. I was the only girl in my neighborhood and had an older brother that I was always copying, so I don't know if my experience is typical or not. However, I can say that a couple of years ago when I decided that I wanted to mountain bike, part of the reason was that I still had sense memory of what riding was like as a kid -- free, fast, fun -- that I wanted to recapture. The mountain bikey crowd has heard me complain that the local MTB group does a really poor job of cultivating new riders, particularly women. Women's fields in competitive cycling are dwarfed by the men. It's a problem across the board.

I won't be in town on the 23rd but I wil donate and ride in solidarity!

crysb
12-13-2012, 10:27 AM
I should be able to come around to help out and ride a bit. Filled out the form but haven't heard anything yet.

My thought was that I can contribute water or snacks or whatever's most needed. Let me know!

consularrider
12-13-2012, 10:45 AM
I'm supposed to leave town on the 23rd, but may be able to do a show-and-go if I end up with a late afternoon flight.

Megabeth
12-13-2012, 11:01 AM
I should be able to come around to help out and ride a bit. Filled out the form but haven't heard anything yet.

My thought was that I can contribute water or snacks or whatever's most needed. Let me know!

Thank you!!!

I'm hoping to send out some e-mails to volunteers and baker/snack bringers in the next few days to try to wrangle everyone. I've had an explosion of interest which has created a lot of moving parts!

In the meantime, I encourage everyone that is either riding, donating and interested in volunteering to fill out the form on the Hains Point 100 page (https://sites.google.com/site/hainspoint100/home)so you can be sure to receive updates (and some really exciting announcements that will be coming out soon).

KLizotte
12-13-2012, 04:06 PM
FYI: I posted Megan's msg and accompanying website to the biking listserv at work today and one person, whom I don't know at all, responded that she made a small donation as a result (but will be out of town for the actual ride).

Spread the word folks!

TwoWheelsDC
12-14-2012, 05:46 PM
Megan, I made a map and cue sheet for the ride. Feel free to distribute as necessary.

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8063/8273815888_eb00a3b256_z.jpg

Megabeth
12-14-2012, 05:54 PM
THANK YOU! Uploading that into my Garmin right now.

Bilsko
12-14-2012, 07:47 PM
Megan, I made a map and cue sheet for the ride. Feel free to distribute as necessary.

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8063/8273815888_eb00a3b256_z.jpg

Oh - thanks for the course map. I'll be sure to bring my
http://www.inhabitat.com/wp-content/uploads/floatingbike5.jpg

Megabeth
12-16-2012, 05:26 PM
Hey there!

Are you still on the fence about doing the Hains Point 100 on December 23rd? Well, I wanted to let you know It's shaping up to be something big!

Let me tell you a few things that may help you in your decision to come out and ride...

Excuse #1: My family is in town

Don't worry! Bring them! All kinds of riders will be down there rolling along Hains Point. If you don't have enough bikes, I have several free 24-hour memberships for Capital Bikeshare (and isn't there a secret part of you that would love to see your mother or father-in-law facing the Hains Point headwind on a CaBi bike? Tis the season!). Let me know if you'd like one. There are also many folks in the area that have extra bikes, so feel free to post your need here and maybe somebody can hook you up. (The very awesome @GirlonaBikeDC already kindly offered up a loaner bike. Details here: http://girlonabicycle.blogspot.com/2012/12/my-loaner-bike.html)

Excuse #2: It's too cold.

Well, yeah, it's *December 23rd*. Winter, it's bound to be cold. That's why me doing the 100 miles around Hains Point is sort of crazy this time of year, and I thought I'd use the crazy factor to draw some attention and support to WABA's program. All that said, weather reports (so far) are looking good for the day. And anyway, remember that you don't have to spend the *whole* day down there. Ride a few laps. Or just come down and ring a cowbell. We would love the support. If you do ride, you'll be in the running to earn some fabulous swag from some very kind donors such as Bike Arlington, New Belgium Brewery, Revolutions Cycles, Sticky Fingers, Java Shack and more! (See, I told you this was going to be an awesome ride…)

Excuse #3: I'm out of town.

No worries. You can still join the fun by following @HainsPoint100 during the day of the ride. You can even mock us via the #HP100 hash. But I would love it if you could also submit a donation and tell your friends that are in town to come join me. The more the merrier. Send them this link to learn more about the ride: https://sites.google.com/site/hainspoint100/

Excuse #4: No one else I know will be in town.

As I mentioned, there will be *plenty* of people to ride with of all skill levels, from pacelines to grocery getters. While this has already expanded well beyond my own initial expectation, this is still a social ride. So it's a great time to get to know some other cyclists in the DC area. Don't be shy! Lots of people have already signed up so I know you'll have plenty of company. Besides, you can also ride around with me!

I hope this helped in your decision and that you're now ready to roll with us, please, please, please be sure to fill out the form linked to from this page: https://sites.google.com/site/hainspoint100/

I'm looking forward to riding with you and appreciate your support of WABA's Women & Bicycles program.

(By the way, the first 50 riders that show up will get a special sparkly and twinkly gift that will show your support and that you are a part this ride. The elves were busy yesterday.)

consularrider
12-16-2012, 08:55 PM
I'm choosing excuse #3, but I did make my donation as a domestique.

Arlingtonrider
12-16-2012, 09:11 PM
I thought I'd share a tip here for any beginners/non-clipless riders who might have cold feet about riding with us on Dec. 23. ;-)

I ride with toe clips that warm boots won't fit into, but have found that I can ride in running shoes all winter long if I wear shoes that run a little larger than my favorite ones with one pair of thin socks and one pair of thicker wool or other wicking socks, and on very cold days, I stick a set of chemical toe warmers on top of my toes (not below them) on the outside pair of socks. The warmth from the toe warmers is enough to stay comfortable for 6-8 hours but does not make one's feet overly warm, at least in running shoes.

Chemical toe warmers are environmentally safe, cost about $1-2 dollars a pair, and are widely available in sporting goods stores, some supermarkets and drug stores and Costco (in bulk). I usually carry a pair with me all winter and will bring a few extras with me on the 23rd in case anyone needs them.

Come ride with Megan and the rest of us - it'll be fun! Donate too!

NicDiesel
12-17-2012, 08:55 AM
I'm in for a couple of laps and a donation.

Steve
12-17-2012, 11:02 AM
Totally bummed that I will be out of town for this. Best of luck and thanks for what you are doing. I think it's a great idea/cause.

While there aren't any climbs, the HP headwinds might be strong enough for people to run next to you in a devil costume or speedo waving the American flag. I know I would....

KelOnWheels
12-17-2012, 06:48 PM
Megan, I made a map and cue sheet for the ride. Feel free to distribute as necessary.

You are the Anaximander, the Ptolemy, the al-Idrisi, the Piri Reis, nay, the very Mercator of route maps. :D

I'm not sure I understand the cue sheet though. It's very complicated.

Megabeth
12-17-2012, 09:05 PM
Still seeing temps in the upper 40's for Sunday. No precipitation.

Will require some layers, but things won't be freezing and falling off. (Because, yeah, that wouldn't be fun...)

americancyclo
12-18-2012, 07:36 AM
I'm in! At least for a few laps. Anyone want to ride in from the Falls Church area?

Certifried
12-18-2012, 08:02 AM
Proteus posted up a "group ride" down to HP to cheer you on and possibly join you for a few laps. See you there!

Dirt
12-18-2012, 08:32 AM
I'm in! At least for a few laps. Anyone want to ride in from the Falls Church area?
I'll be rolling back through Falls Church a little before 0900 on my way downtown. I may run into or over you. ;) I know Vince was looking for people to ride with from Vienna I can connect you two via Face-a-ma-book if you want.

I don't know my exact timing for Sunday morning because I really don't know what my pre-ride route is going to be. I'll try and give you a holler when I get to Vienna. I may just be so intent on riding that I don't really want to sit up and chat.

TwoWheelsDC
12-18-2012, 09:03 AM
I'll be rolling back through Falls Church a little before 0900 on my way downtown. I may run into or over you. ;) I know Vince was looking for people to ride with from Vienna I can connect you two via Face-a-ma-book if you want.

I don't know my exact timing for Sunday morning because I really don't know what my pre-ride route is going to be. I'll try and give you a holler when I get to Vienna. I may just be so intent on riding that I don't really want to sit up and chat.

I'll probably be rolling out of Westover around 0845 or so, so I imagine I'll see folks on the way in. I'm a bit terrified of doing such a long ride in 40 degree weather. I commute in it often, but commuting I don't really need to worry about slightly over or under dressing since the ride is so short. I think I may just pack the car (my wife is driving down to provide moral support) with my entire winter wardrobe, just to be safe. That said, most of my heat issues stem from hills, which shouldn't be an issue on Sunday.

Certifried
12-18-2012, 09:43 AM
I'm gonna roll down with Proteus by way of Bethesda. So if anyone wants a REALLY long ride from Bethesda, you can follow me down Sligo Creek, up the Anacostia trail system to Proteus, then back down with the entire group, and probably back up the CCT from Hains Point after.

Bilsko
12-18-2012, 10:00 AM
My plan is to ride down (from MacArthur Blvd) -probably hopping on the CCT at the Foundry Branch tunnel around 9:30 or so and then doing Georgetown-->Rock Creek Trail-->Ohio Drive. I'm hoping to get there right around 10 and not have much down time because with as cold as its going to be I really dont want to stop and cool down too much.

I know some people have mentioned talking extra chem-warmer packs - I'd be willing to stop off at a coffee shop and pick up a to-go box off coffee+cups or something to help keep people warm.

TwoWheelsDC
12-18-2012, 10:21 AM
I know some people have mentioned talking extra chem-warmer packs - I'd be willing to stop off at a coffee shop and pick up a to-go box off coffee+cups or something to help keep people warm.

Likewise, I'll probably do a Costco run on Friday or Saturday and pick up a box of chem-warmers...so I can also pick up additional items in bulk, like granola bars, cups/napkins/etc or whatever, if these things aren't already being supplied.

consularrider
12-18-2012, 10:43 AM
... I think I may just pack the car (my wife is driving down to provide moral support) with my entire winter wardrobe, just to be safe ...
You had me worried there for a minute that you were going to also drive the car. ;)

Dirt
12-18-2012, 10:55 AM
Options are good for keeping hands warm. Layers are good because you can take some off or put some on depending on how your hands feel. Try to avoid going with a set-up that has very few, but thick layers and no options for changing them. That can be a recipe for overheating and freezing. It isn't comfy.

I have a set of wool, fingerless, convertible gloves that work pretty well. They have the little pocket that fits over your fingers to make them into mittens. I wear them over mid-weight fall cycling gloves. When my fingers get cold, I make them mittens. When they get warm, I flip the little pocket back to expose the fingertips of the inner gloves. When they get really warm, I stuff them in a jersey pocket. They're rag wool, so they keep my fingers warm even when they get damp. This $20 set-up works ALMOST as well as my $200+ fancy glove set-up.

Pete

Mark Blacknell
12-18-2012, 11:09 AM
Hi, folks. Since Megabeth's apparently just going for a long ride on Sunday, it turns out that I'm going to play DS on the ground. I - along with a number of awesome volunteers - will be manning the sign-in/feedzone/finish/tourbusobstaclecourse at the end of Hains Point.

I don't have a full logistics checklist together yet, but if you're planning to bring something to share with others, and you haven't already indicated that in your signup, drop me a note via email (mbatblacknell.net)? Marc, if you want to bring some chem-warmers, or Bilsko wants to help with the AM coffee? Awesome.

My only challenge at the moment is trying to figure out how best to deal with water. The fountains are on, and I'm really not a fan of giant cases of plastic water bottles. At the same time, I'd like to have some water on hand. Anyone happen to have those wirerack/tap setups to use with a 5 gallon water jug (http://foryourwater.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=FYW&Product_Code=A250&Category_Code=FYWAC)? Or know where they might be gotten locally?

Honestly, when this first came together, it was conceived as an entirely self-supported ride with friends and their friends. And to some extent, it's still that. But with so many generous offers of help, prizes, and whatnot, I expect the feedzone to be an excellent place to hang out, grab a bite between laps, and get any assistance you could possibly need*.

Really looking forward to this.



*But no one wants to hear about your issues with your mother.

DaveK
12-18-2012, 11:42 AM
*But no one wants to hear about your issues with your mother.

Talk amongst yourselves. I'll give you a topic.

americancyclo
12-18-2012, 12:49 PM
I'll be rolling back through Falls Church a little before 0900 on my way downtown. I may run into or over you. ;) I know Vince was looking for people to ride with from Vienna I can connect you two via Face-a-ma-book if you want.

I don't know my exact timing for Sunday morning because I really don't know what my pre-ride route is going to be. I'll try and give you a holler when I get to Vienna. I may just be so intent on riding that I don't really want to sit up and chat.

I was thinking of trying to arrive at HP just about 10am so there's no dawdling around getting cold. I think I've seen that Vince fellow around some places. I'll bookface him.

TwoWheelsDC
12-18-2012, 01:27 PM
My wife and I have a couple of sterno cans, some chafing dishes, and I think a bunch of hot cocoa mix left over from our holiday party this weekend. Maybe we can set up some kind of makeshift hot cocoa station...unless someone has a VERY large thermos.

KLizotte
12-18-2012, 01:36 PM
Right now Weather.com is predicting 42 degrees and sunny.

I presume I'm not the only one that gets a runny nose due to cold temps so I'll bring boxes of Kleenex and a trash can for use at the feed station.

Arlingtonrider
12-18-2012, 01:42 PM
TwoWheelsDC - You guys are awesome (regardless of whether the hot cocoa thing works out). I just sent you a PM.

consularrider
12-18-2012, 02:11 PM
It will probably be just above freezing at the ride start and only a fairly narrow temperature range for the entire day. I did a hilly half century (http://app.strava.com/activities/32018019)at that range last week and was comfortable (even slightly too warm in the sun) with the following:

Top half - Mid-weight merino wool base layer, mid-weight long sleeve jersey, light nylon shell;
Bottom half - Bib cycling knickers with cycling tights over them (windproof on the front of the legs) ;
Hands - Windstopper mid-insulation gloves with thin silk/wool liners;
Feet - Light over-the-calf merino wool ski socks, with light 3/4 merino wool socks over them;
Shoes - Leather spd with limited ventilation;
Head - coolmax billed cycling cap over fleece ear warmers under standard road style helment; and
Eyes - Tinted glasses.

Arlingtonrider
12-18-2012, 04:27 PM
I think I'll add a face mask to my list of items to bring too. It was breezy out there this afternoon!

jrenaut
12-18-2012, 04:29 PM
If it's like today, bring a sail and you can do a century in two or three hours.

Arlingtonrider
12-18-2012, 04:30 PM
I brought my pannier sails. They worked well on one side of the loop. Ready about.

Megabeth
12-18-2012, 04:37 PM
Thanks, again, all for your help, support and, most of all, donations!

There are so many quickly moving parts (remember, I just came up with this "stunt" a little over two weeks ago). Your thoughts and input are greatly appreciated.

Now, here's today's update.

Here's the list so far regarding day-of prize offerings. Lots of fun things and fun ways to win these on the 23rd:

- The first 50 riders will receive a special sparkly jingly gift to commemorate the day.
- Riders that donate $50 will be entered to win one of 15 copies of Elly Blue's book "Everyday Bicycling". (Thanks "Anonymous". I'm very excited about this offering!)***
- Revolutions Cycles has donated several $20 gift certificates
- Java Shack has donated a coffee/tumbler package
- And...we've got some other great things, gifties, and JERSEYS (yeah, JERSEYS!) up for grabs from...well, I want to leave *some* surprises as we get closer to the ride. STAY TUNED!!!

How can you win one of these things? Come on the 23rd and you'll find out! And, you know I've got to say it, make sure you let me know if you're coming here. (https://sites.google.com/site/hainspoint100/home)

***To be entered to win the Elly Blue book, make sure 1) You indicate "Women & Bicycles" on the WABA donation site and 2) you fill out the "rider" form on Hains Point 100 so that I know you've given $50 or more and 3) show up at the Hains Point 100. Winners will be posted on site.

Vicegrip
12-18-2012, 07:19 PM
In! Will be fun to see how many times you lap me in the am. :rolleyes:

Good things happen to people who do good things. More pow...make that more watts to you!

consularrider
12-19-2012, 10:06 AM
My flight's not until 5 pm, so I'm going to try and make it for the morning laps.

Rootchopper
12-19-2012, 10:16 AM
Used Big Nellie's fairing to tack all the way home last night. Felt like a yacht.

ShawnoftheDread
12-19-2012, 10:29 AM
Signed up to do a few laps with you. I plan to bring the kid, since I think she counts as "women in cycling."

Greenbelt
12-19-2012, 10:56 AM
We'll be down around 2pm to help encourage some of those exponentially more challenging final laps.

Megabeth
12-19-2012, 12:17 PM
It's time for the latest daily supporter update (and trust me, there's lots more to announce).

Exclusively for the ladies on the ride, four lucky rider/donors will receive a tube of Hoo Ha Ride Glide (http://www.reflectsports.com/hoo-ha-ride-glide-description) courtesy of The Bike Lane (http://thebikelane.com/). (Yeah, I got to say Hoo Ha!)

Wait, there's more!

Bike Arlington! Bike Arlington was one of the first ride supporters and I want to give them a plug for all their ongoing support. But, they'd also like to reward you, too! One lucky lady rider and one lucky man rider will receive their own Bike Arlington jersey! And, 12 lucky pairs of feet (or 120 toes) will be so happy and warm on the ride in their own Bike Arlington socks we're giving away.

Afraid you're going to win some of this stuff and can't carry it home? Don't fear, Bike Arlington will have their bags on hand to help you haul home your loot!

Thanks everyone for your donations and for showing up for this ride in support of WABA's Women & Bicycles program! Don't forget to let me know you're coming here: https://sites.google.com/site/hainspoint100/home

(I will probably this evening get an e-mail out to the people that have volunteered to help or provide day-of snacks or baked goods...hang tight. We've had an uptick in rider forms submitted so I want to make sure as many people as possible are included. Thanks!)

consularrider
12-19-2012, 12:51 PM
It's time for the latest daily supporter update (and trust me, there's lots more to announce).

... Bike Arlington! Bike Arlington was one of the first ride supporters and I want to give them a plug for all their ongoing support. But, they'd also like to reward you, too! One lucky lady rider and one lucky man rider will receive their own Bike Arlington jersey! And, 12 lucky pairs of feet (or 120 toes) will be so happy and warm on the ride in their own Bike Arlington socks we're giving away...
I've already got a BA jersey and socks, so please don't put my name in the hopper.

KelOnWheels
12-19-2012, 01:13 PM
I'll be there for a few laps in the morning before I head to Points South. :D

crysb
12-20-2012, 12:19 PM
Guess what event on Facebook I just got invited to by another friend? https://www.facebook.com/events/258495870943125/

Megabeth
12-20-2012, 01:47 PM
Some have already seen this on the Facebook page but...

Like New Belgium beer? I know I do! (Especially after this ride!)

Like it so much that you'd like a jersey or a trucker hat or a pair of socks from New Belgium Brewery?

Well, you're in luck! FIVE lucky rider/donors will receive a New Belgium Beer swag package on Sunday.

Oh yeah!

Also, if you want to donate you can go to this new direct link to make your donations to WABA's Women & Bicycles program (https://salsa.democracyinaction.org/o/451/p/salsa/donation/common/public/?donate_page_KEY=9502).

If you are riding, please be sure you fill out the rider form on the Hains Point 100 page (https://sites.google.com/site/hainspoint100/home)so I know you're coming.

TwoWheelsDC
12-20-2012, 02:19 PM
Hey Megan, I don't know if you sent out any emails, but I didn't receive anything...just a reminder that my wife and I (so weird that we're a Marc and Meg too) will be bringing boxes of chem-warmers and we're going to try and set up something for hot cocoa, although I don't know if a sterno/chafing dish type of setup will be sufficient. But we'll experiment.

Megabeth
12-20-2012, 04:01 PM
Thank you for the chem warmers and the possible hot cocoa set-up! There will be many happy feets and tummys out there. :)

Just so everyone knows, no e-mails have gone out yet. We are combining one final e-mail to everyone with ride day details. We have had a major uptick in riders over the past few days so I want to make sure I have as many people who are intending to come on the list. And, there are a lot more details to coordinate because of the uptick...which is awesome, but makes more moving parts. Phew!

Megabeth
12-20-2012, 11:13 PM
I happy to let ya'll know that additional "ride day" details are now posted. (https://sites.google.com/site/hainspoint100/home/ride-day-details)

Bilsko
12-22-2012, 09:10 AM
I'm really looking forward to tomorrow's ride!

That is all.

Megabeth
12-22-2012, 09:17 AM
I'm really looking forward to tomorrow's ride!

I am too!!!

By the way, folks can follow the ride day festivities on Twitter: @HainsPoint100 (https://twitter.com/hainspoint100) Ride hashtag: #HP100

Rootchopper
12-22-2012, 04:42 PM
Even before this whacky event has occurred it has raised $1,000 for WABA. Congratulations to Megabeth for coming up with this. Good luck tomorrow. May the winds die down and the day be merry and bright.

jrenaut
12-22-2012, 05:53 PM
As much as I'd love to bring the new bike down tomorrow for a few laps, I don't think I'm going to be able to. I'll try and follow along on Twitter, which will totally not be the same.

TwoWheelsDC
12-22-2012, 06:07 PM
Consider this a bike decoration throw down.

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8502/8297713893_1e3f634b59.jpg

ShawnoftheDread
12-22-2012, 09:20 PM
Just remembered I have a 20 liter thermos with a spout that I can bring along filled with filtered water.

JustinW
12-23-2012, 07:36 AM
Consider this a bike decoration throw down.

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8502/8297713893_1e3f634b59.jpg

Uh oh, how many grams did you add? ;)

TwoWheelsDC
12-23-2012, 02:20 PM
Uh oh, how many grams did you add? ;)

Weight was no problem, it was the drag. Antlers aren't aero, apparently:

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8078/8301491557_b6f893dbbe.jpg

Bilsko
12-23-2012, 06:07 PM
Here are a few of my pictures from today's ride (https://plus.google.com/100420944078912392494/posts/Z7VVqoWQ1zr) - please feel free to download and share!

Certifried
12-23-2012, 07:07 PM
I snapped a few pix too, but mostly of the Proteus group ride down. There are a few HP100 pix

http://www.flickr.com/photos/certifried/archives/date-posted/2012/12/23/

Rootchopper
12-24-2012, 12:26 PM
Here are a bunch of pix

http://www.flickr.com/photos/rootchopper/sets/72157632320791175/

Please note that these are from the First Annual Hains Point 100.

Megabeth
12-24-2012, 02:48 PM
I want to thank EVERYONE who came out to ride and to donate to WABA's Women & Bicycles program.

I have to say, my head is still spinning (yes, it's going clockwise over, and over, and over again) with everything that happened just over the span of a few weeks.

I came through on my promise and rode 100 miles (plus two for good luck) around Hains Point and you all came through with your donations.

We are pleased to announce that the Hains Point 100 has raised over $1500 for the program. We also had over 100 riders show up yesterday.

This ride could not have been done without the generosity and support of others. From your bike decorations, to signs (Thanks, Kathy!), to baked goods, to people blowing on vuvuzelas throughout the day, to folks I'd never met before let me draft off of you for miles and miles - you are all near and dear to my heart.

Even better news! It was announced yesterday that there is now a generous program supporter that is now matching donations up to $4000. About $550 of the money raised so far from the Hains Point 100 will be matched by that grant.

So, if you haven't donated yet, or you missed the ride, don't worry, the funds donated to Women & Bicycles from now until the end of the year will get matched! Get your donation in here before the end of 2012. (https://salsa.democracyinaction.org/o/451/p/salsa/donation/common/public/?donate_page_KEY=9502)

Again, thank you!

Arlingtonrider
12-24-2012, 04:59 PM
With regard to the idea of doing this annually, I wish you all could have seen the look on Megan's face when I jokingly suggested, after the ride, that we do this every Sunday. It was priceless.

Megan, thanks so much for all that you're doing! Merry Christmas everyone!

- Kathy (42.1 miles and a lot of fun at HP yesterday)

consularrider
12-25-2012, 11:04 AM
Sorry I had to bug out and only rode 7 laps with the group (51 miles for the day). Megan, what a great idea and thanks to you and everyone else who made it happen! :D :D :D

Dirt
12-27-2012, 07:22 PM
Amazing ride Megs! Fantastic support and help from so many people. Having a big table of food and lots of people around to help when I stopped for a break made all the difference for me. It kept me going. Thank you all. I saw so many folks down there... and missed seeing quite a few too.

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8351/8302463480_3041143967_b.jpg

I didn't get a lot of photos for the day. My hands got cold early and they didn't really work well with the camera for most of the rest of the day. Here are my photos from the day: http://www.flickr.com/photos/pedrogringo/sets/72157632326248850/

It was a fabulous last big ride of the year. Gave me the last opportunity I needed to make one last cycling goal.

Rock on!!!

Dirt.