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KLizotte
08-05-2013, 11:24 AM
http://waba.org/events/50states.php

TwoWheelsDC
08-05-2013, 11:52 AM
Pretty torn on whether to do this again. I like the idea of the ride, but in practice I found it a bit frustrating, particularly at the beginning where it got pretty crowded and many of the cyclists were inexperienced. Across the river and in NE and upper NW, the ride is pretty fun, although more challenging than you might think...between the hills, and the constant stopping and starting (and the heat), it's a lot of work. Also, I found the stops to be somewhat inadequate...the Anacostia stop was cleaned out by the time I got there, as was the Eastern Market stop, IIRC. There aren't a lot of places to stop and eat during the second half of the ride, so I'd recommend having a lunch spot picked out ahead of time.

Brendan von Buckingham
08-05-2013, 01:05 PM
I just signed up. I've been looking forward to 50 States '13 since I finished 50 States '12. It's my one event ride all year. I went solo last time, but always managed to tuck in with a friendly group. There's not much pace or precision until you ditch the hoi polloi of the 13 Colonies, but that too has its amusements.

bobco85
08-05-2013, 01:52 PM
I signed up for the ride. I chickened out last year, but this year I'm on track to be able to comfortably (we'll see on Sept 21 how true this is) finish the 50 States Ride. I'm really excited for this one :D

consularrider
08-05-2013, 02:06 PM
I've done the last five 50 States rides and was a bike marshal last year. One thing to remember is that this is generally advertised as a limited support ride (your sag is metro, mechanical support is bike shops, and only limited water/food at rest stops). One of my problems was arriving at the Eastern Metro lunch stop too early and having to wait 15 to 20 minutes for the burritos to show up. Not a problem last year since as a bike marshal I wasn't pushing myself to stay with any particular group plus stopping to assist/direct other riders meant I arrived well after the burritos arrived.

One major improvement the last two years is the post ride party. The first few times you'd arrive at the end and no one was there.

Brendan von Buckingham
08-06-2013, 12:20 PM
I was confused at the end last year. I was expecting some sort of finish line in the park or some sort of huzzah. But the park was empty and I just bumbled over to the free beer and T-shirt at the bar.

Rod Smith
08-06-2013, 04:23 PM
I finished with Certifried, we wondered why there was no one there, rested a few minutes and rolled out... When I got home, I saw on the back of the cue sheet the final checkpoint, at a local bar. They could have put that on the same page as the rest of the directions.

Justin Antos
08-07-2013, 10:01 AM
I found it a bit frustrating, particularly at the beginning where it got pretty crowded and many of the cyclists were inexperienced.

One strategy for this is to oversleep your alarm and roll through the start just as they are ready to close it down. Then, smooth sailing, no congestion. Worked wonders for me last year!!

Agreed that this ride is pretty challenging for only 65 miles. But it's a fantastic way to see new parts of the city and expand your "mental map", and you're never more than a few miles from metro if you need to bail.

baiskeli
08-07-2013, 10:12 AM
I finished with Certifried, we wondered why there was no one there, rested a few minutes and rolled out... When I got home, I saw on the back of the cue sheet the final checkpoint, at a local bar. They could have put that on the same page as the rest of the directions.

When you get to a post-ride party and nobody is there, it often means you are either the fastest rider, or the slowest.

TwoWheelsDC
08-07-2013, 10:26 AM
One strategy for this is to oversleep your alarm and roll through the start just as they are ready to close it down. Then, smooth sailing, no congestion. Worked wonders for me last year!!

Agreed that this ride is pretty challenging for only 65 miles. But it's a fantastic way to see new parts of the city and expand your "mental map", and you're never more than a few miles from metro if you need to bail.

I think my problem was that I started late and then caught up to the slow people, then spent quite a while working my way past several waves of them. If I do it again, I may actually try to start toward the front.

consularrider
08-07-2013, 10:40 AM
I think my problem was that I started late and then caught up to the slow people, then spent quite a while working my way past several waves of them. If I do it again, I may actually try to start toward the front.
So you can be the one to make the wrong turn and lead everyone astray?

TwoWheelsDC
08-07-2013, 10:58 AM
So you can be the one to make the wrong turn and lead everyone astray?

"Trust me, Ontario is totally one of the 50 states..."

bobco85
08-07-2013, 11:09 AM
"Trust me, Ontario is totally one of the 50 states..."

Makes me think about the joke that Quebec won't declare independence from Canada because the other provinces threatened to join the U.S. if they did.

Brendan von Buckingham
08-07-2013, 12:38 PM
"Trust me, Ontario is totally one of the 50 states..."

That's a good one, but technically it's named after the lake, like Champlain Street. Other streets around there that were originally named after lakes: Erie became Euclid, Superior became Kalorama, and Huron became Fuller.

Dickie
08-07-2013, 02:19 PM
That's a good one, but technically it's named after the lake, like Champlain Street. Other streets around there that were originally named after lakes: Erie became Euclid, Superior became Kalorama, and Huron became Fuller.

I don't ever recall riding on Gichigami.... I'll be opening for TwoWheels all week... tip your waitress!

consularrider
08-07-2013, 02:49 PM
Or the big lake they call gitche gumee.

Dickie
08-08-2013, 07:08 AM
Or the big lake they call gitche gumee.

I used the Ojibwe spelling, I believe Gordon used yours... bugger, I'm even wrong when I joke!