Saturday, July 9, 2011 - Race ReportsAfter a 4 day work week, it was back to racing at the Death Ride. Well, it's not a race, but there were numbers and stickers.
What I don't get about this ride is why people start so early. 5:30am is the recommended start, but there were plenty of people that start earlier. People that would have finished at a reasonable hour anyway.
So I started at 5:30 like everyone else. I saw a few people I knew, but mostly I rode alone. A couple passes later and I was ahead of the big group. That's when it got lonely. A few hours and a couple of cokes later I was done.
When I got back to the start, it was dead (no pun intended). I'd forgot my ice cream ticket at home so I missed out on that. I was also 2 hours early for the dinner so skipped that too. But what I can say is that I've completed the full, 5 pass, Death Ride.
Overall, I had a good time. I didn't spend much time at the rest stops, but seeing all those people attempting the ride was kind of inspiring.
Would I do it again? Maybe if I had someone to ride with. What I will be doing is heading out that way for some training because the roads and view were awesome.
Update: For those looking to keep score at home, my ride time was 6:56 with a total time of 7:06. View it.