It’s official, consider yourself invited.
Or, perhaps, “Stalked if you don’t show up” is more accurate.
OK, Listen up ya bastids.
Once again, my beloved Lulu and I will be opening up Chez Gear-Lu, our humble lakeside cabin to you- A crazed bunch of calorie-deprived heathens with a love of good food, warm water, long down-hills, and good friends.
GearMan’s 5th Annual Training Ride / Beach Day / BBQ
Saturday, June 15th, 9:00 AM START TIME (Rain date; Sat June 22nd)
Starting line address: The beach. 128 Chases Grove Rd, Derry, NH 03038 for your mapquest or GPS pleasure.
The skinny: Same as in years past, I’m going to throw a challenging 50 mile route at you a month before the NEC- And you’re going to CRUSH IT! Then, refresh yourself with a nice dip in the warm waters of Big Island Pond, and refuel the machine with a monstrous BBQ feast. I intentionally schedule it roughly a month before so that if you have trouble on this ride, you have time to increase your training.
The Details: If I can beg, borrow, and steal their help again, we’ll have a fully supported ride with rest stops and SAG wagons, and hopefully a mechanic- Although we’re still waiting for the mechanic to actually have to do something other than change a flat at the starting line… On MY bike!
Oh, wait… Almost forgot that Ed came last year…
How it works: We provide literally everything except your beverages (Adult or otherwise) i.e. Ribs, potato salad, cole slaw, ribs, chicken drumsticks, baked beans, macaroni salad, sausages, chips and salsa, more ribs, kielbasa, burgers and dogs, homemade pickles and relishes, and of course, more ribs. We just ask for a donation to cover the cost of the meal- any overage once expenses are met, is donated back to the ADA and the NEC to be added to the ride totals.
What to bring: A HELMET You can’t ride without one, other related cycling gear, a swim suit, a towel, a beach chair, and your beverage of choice for the BBQ. I tell everyone, every year, to bring a beach chair, and almost no one ever does… There’s a few picnic tables, but just not enough seating at the beach… So, if you don’t want to be sitting in the grass or sand, bring a chair..
Want to join us? Please respond to switley [at] yahoo dot com so that we can get a head count BEFORE May 31st. Have a cycling friend that isn’t doing the NEC that might want to come ride for the day? The more the merrier. Have a friend or spouse that isn’t a cyclist, but might want to volunteer for this event? We’d love to have them.
What to do next: Get training, get fundraising, get a friend to join you, and get ready to have more fun than should be legal while wearing spandex!
Hope to see you there!
Keep the wind at your back, and the down-hills in front of you,