If you know what life is worth, you will look for yours on earth…
The Akron Bicycle Club’s Absolutely Beautiful Country ride is the first major ride of 2020 that was neither cancelled, postponed, or virtualized. They asked people to register (for free) and supplied cue sheets, but provided no formal ride time, no route markings, no support vehicles, and no water stops. Basically, it was a completely unsupported ride along a published route, kind of like a brevet.
Although I’ve enjoyed riding it for the past three years, there was no way I was going to drive two hours to Akron and two hours back just to do an unsupported century, when 40 miles is the longest unsupported outdoor ride I’ve done at home (mostly due to concerns about stopping at convenience stores to refuel). In the middle of a global pandemic, it’s just not worth the added risk.
So despit »more
This past weekend would have been the PMTCC’s 3-State century.
Due to the ongoing pandemic, they’ve postponed it to September 13th, which I still think is optimistic. And even if they will be able to hold it, that is also the date for the Epic Tour up in Toronto, which would have priority for me (again, in the unlikely event that any of this happens at all).
So between a needed workout and the high likelihood that I won’t ride the make-up date, I set out to replicate last year’s 3-State century on this year’s original date.
It’s really the only big ride I do with PMTCC: the Pittsburgh Major Taylor Cycling Club, named in honor of Major Taylor, a record-holding national- and world-champion professional cyclist who was only the second Black man to ever become a world champion in any spo »more