After 6 weeks of prep time, several supply purchases, 2 bike tune-ups, a staggering $670.00 of donations to MS research FROM Y’ALL, and 80 miles, we did it!
What an incredible journey. My friend Tracy and I started at the Woodcrest station in New Jersey at 7:30AM and after 80 miles and 5 rest stops we made it to Ocean City by 3:30PM. We met several amazing people along the way, people who’ve done this ride for 10 years, several “century” riders (people who were doing the 100-mile ride), and people with inspiring stories of who they were doing this ride for and why.
If any of you have ever thought about doing this ride, I can’t recommend it enough. Not only is it for an incredibly important cause, it’s extremely well organized, the volunteers are super helpful, and the safety measures they have in place are effective an useful. Tracy’s gears weren’t shifting right 45 miles in and we had to pull over. The BikeLane truck that the ride provides stopped over and did a fix right there on the side of the road. Then we were back in business. The supplies that made this ride a dream for me were my camelbak, my Canari bike shorts, and my bike gloves. But that’s all logistics. What really made this ride easy for me was your help.
I can’t tell you how much all of your donations, support, love, and encouragement has meant to me. So many people told me I couldn’t do a ride like this with my hybrid mountain/road bike, and knowing you all believed in me made me work harder and push through.
They weren’t kidding when they said the hardest part of this ride is the bridge section. There were two. And they are at mile 76. The last thing you want to do right then is ride up two bridges, but we did it and in the end we rode into Ocean City to crowds at the finish lines that made you feel like you just did the Tour de France!