This is a fully supported ride. That means there are “rest stops” about every 10-12 miles with water, bananas, ho-hos, prota poties and bike repair services. Around the half-way point there is a lunch stop with more of the same plus sandwiches and other food options. Throughout the ride there are “sag-wagons” for those riders that experience difficulties with their bikes or bodies.
At the overnight location you have a few options. You can opt to sleep in a tent or on the gym floor at a local high school. If you’d like something a little fancier, there are shuttles to local hotels. Once upon a lifetime ago I camped out on the football field, ate in the cafeteria and let’s not discuss the group showers. I’m too old for that stuff now…hello Hampton Inn!
There are MS150 rides all over the United States, but here in the great state of Ohio we have an added bonus of having an amusement park as our overnight destination. Our local MS150 is known as Pedal to the Point as we ride to Cedar Point. If you live outside of Ohio or just want to know more about Cedar Point, Google is great for such things.
Cedar Point is like any other amusement park anywhere else in the country, crowded, hot, loud and expensive. And while I’ve done this ride a dozen times, I’ve only ever gone to Cedar Point once and I regretted it. After several hours on a bike seat, in the heat, the last thing I want to do is stand in line for hours on end, in the heat! But to be fair, I’m not a big amusement park fan to begin with. As a kid I greatly enjoyed the roller coasters, but as an adult, my life is enough of a roller coaster.
As I mentioned, I’ve done this ride before, but not in over a decade. So, what possessed me to do it now? Good question, if I figure it out, I’ll let you know. As I mentioned above, this is a 150 mile ride, but they have other options. You can do a one day ride and go 35, 75 or 100 miles. I was originally thinking of doing the one day option and riding either 75 miles or 100 if I felt adventurous. Enter my ultra-endurance sister, AK. She has opted to accompany me on this little leg crushing, butt blistering adventure. And in true ultra-endurance style, she wouldn’t even consider a one day option. Well, alright, if you’re gonna go…go big! So we registered as a team of two.
Now begins the fundraising potion of our show, fear not, I’m not going to ask any of you for money. OK, that’s a total lie; I’m going to ask most of you for money! In order to ride, each rider must raise a minimum of $300, which really isn’t that bad.
In addition to fundraising there is also the small matter of training. When I was a young whipper-snapper, I could just hop on my bike and go ride 75 miles, however these days it takes a little work just to get to the end of the driveway! Last Sunday I decided to do a little experiment, after church I rode to CKs house and them home, roughly 21 miles. And to my surprise, it felt really good. While it’s pretty obvious that your legs are going to take a beating riding 150 miles, there are more important things to worry about, AKA, your butt! Long like bike shorts! And I have to admit the Pearl Izumi bike shorts are the best I’ve ever owned. These are different from my tri-suit, but the same basic principle, they are spandex shorts with padding built in They provide some much needed cushion for you backside and various other body parts. If you don’t know what I mean, hope on a bike and go ride about 10 miles or more, you’ll figure it out.
I have made KB aware of my latest physical endeavor and I can’t help but wonder if she questions my sanity. If she doesn’t she should, I do! I have no doubt that I was able to easily do the 21 mile ride in no small part because of the work she’s done with me, but 21 miles in nothing compared to 150 miles!
So we’ll see how it all goes. Expect some blogs that talk about long rides, killer hills and sore legs. I will try to limit talking about my backside and Lord willing I will not be posting anything about “road-rash”!