Cute kid Samantha! I'm still trying to decide for sure about the ride, but I'm headed up to Greenville (where he lives and where the ride is) on Sunday. I'll check out some of the route.
I don't own any of his clothing, but I've heard it's great. He has a factory store I've heard has some good deals at times. I need to stop in there one day. It's kinda cool having a pro rider so close by.
Fitness Minutes: (85,209) Posts: 395 8/31/12 1:48 P
George Hincapie is one of my favorite all time riders. I once made my husband go ask him for his autograph for me. The city I live in has a similar fondo ride. These events started in Europe and the idea was to go out and have fun with other riders. My 8 year old son did the 35 mile route and had a blast. If he did it you can do it.
My son picture is listed at the end of this article.
It turns out that in conflicts with a local charity even I usually do, but I may do the Hincapie ride instead. It's partly a matter of money to, the Hincapie registration fee is about 4X more than normal group rides around here!
Honestly, I think my main concern is the route. I'm not much a climber, and I know the area well enough to know that this route is indeed a tough one. I'll likely go scout out the route soon and that will help me make up my mind. Thanks for the opinions and encouragement. For a guy who rides mid-to-back of the pack with my local old geezer riders, it's just a bit intimidating to take on such a big event.
Fitness Minutes: (76,099) Posts: 1,816 8/29/12 9:36 P
This sounds similar to what our area offers which started 5 years ago. It is called Ganther Race the Lake. It starts and ends in Fond du Lac, WI. It is a race around Lake Winnebago. It goes through the cities of Oshkosh, Neenah, Menasha, Appleton, High Cliff State Park ( a very nice hill climb almost a mile in length), through Marytown, outside Mt Calvalry, Peebles and then Fond du Lac. The race has grown in size and notariety. It has attracted professional racers and yes those that have competed in the TdF. I have raced in the last 4 of 5 years (1st time 4hrs:36 mins; 2nd time 4hrs:42 mins; 3rd time 4hrs: 38 mins; and 4th time 4hrs: 42 mins) My goal has been to break the 4hrs:30mins mark and I haven't. The distance of this timed chip race is 90 miles.
I say go for it and have fun at it.
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Fitness Minutes: (439) Posts: 3,641 8/29/12 11:55 A
This is the first time this event has ever been held. It's near my hometown, and only an hour from where I live now. I would LOVE to do it, but my concern (aside from the tough route) is that with it being a celebrity endorsed event, it will attract a much higher caliber of riders than I'm used to. I wonder how many "casual" guys like me will do it. I don't want to end up being the long straggler trailing the pack by 10 miles. Anyone ever do something like this, an event with a lot of big name cyclists?
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