To all interested,
Yesterday we had the first century stage of the 2011 Tour De Mad Dog.
Results below the Ride Report.
I would like to thank Susan and John Pyron for putting on this event.
This was a new ride for me and provided some new roads that will be memorable for quite a while. The day started out like many March mornings on the cool side but the previous nights snow was only visible on the grass and houses. All of the snow that hit the road was either gone or left a few wet patches on the edge of the road and in the potholes. Fourteen riders started the ride and were broken into basically 2 groups. The first 50 miles provided us with tail and crosswinds which helped keep the cold at bay. Our group pulled into the first Store stop (around 22 miles)just as most of the first group was leaving. When we lef the store it seemed to be a bit colder but I knew I’d get warmed up fast on the hill that was just south of the store. We kept rolling and made our way past The Jim Beam,Booker Noe Plant. The Sweet Smell of fermenting Bourbon filled the air and made the trip towards Boston even more enjoyable. We continue to New Haven deciding it best to continue past to our turn around, Lincoln’s Boyhood Home. As we started our return we had about five miles straight into the headwind to go until the lunch stop. After just that 5 mile stretch we would realized this would not be as easy as the trip out was and knew I had better fill the belly with some good lunch. Luckily, Diesel Dog spotted a beacon of light at the red light in town on our way through the first time. It said “Home Cooking”. Diesel joined me at the Shortline diner. In years past we had ate at the same establishment, under a different name, before. The last year or two it was a Mexican restaurant. As we pull in a familiar face opens the door and says ya’ll come on in and warm up. Turns out this is the same lady who use to run the Diner previous to the mexican restaurant. We were treated to the Angus Shortline burger with a grilled bun. This was a real good burger. Who knew the bottom buns sole purpose was to soak up the grease and not let it escape the resting place of my Belly. Fries accompanied my burger While Diesel Dog had the homemade chips. The only bad thing about this place was having to leave before getting a slice of homemade pie. Susan and John waited patiently for use to get ready and start heading back. We hoped on out Trusty steeds and headed back for the car. On our way back we got a great treat. Sunshine. This treat seemed to make the headwind more bearable and warmed us up a bit. We ended up catching up to AnchorDog and Chilly Dog who we using the “Nutirition and Hydration” method to ride the days event. Back past the Distillery even better. You could smell the progression of bourbon from fermenting to the mash to the boiling. Ahhh!!!! In and out of the last stop with 22 mile left we were warned about the bad drivers in these parts by the beer breath customer at the counter. Luckily he was walking home across the street. We get back to Shepherdsville where it generally helps to have your head on a swivel and a weird thing happened. Most of the drivers were nice. I saw many opportunities where drivers often pass us to turn right in front of us but today patience was the norm and we had a lot of drivers waiting for us. After one more hydration leak we finally arrived back at the start point. I started out the day not sure if wanted to ride to being real glad I did. I hope everyone ride was enjoyable.
2011 TMD Stage 1 “Honest Abe”
The Stage winner is Timothy Stephen.. The time bonus was a 1 minute bonus for an aluminum frame. Please let me know If you were a finisher who qualifies for the bonus. From memory I believe 7 people qualify for this bonus if you do qualify please let me know because that bonus need to be applied. Thanks.
Here's the rundown.....
Team “Where’s My Drafting Partner” 5:00:00 (solo)
Team “Abe Brigade”: 5:02:00
Group “Return of the Anchor Dog”: 5:02:00
David R. King
“Party of One”: 5:10:00
Next Stage 4/09/2011 Lawrenceburg Loop Stage 2. The sense of relief when done climbing that hill on Jenny Lillard and the realization that DQ isn’t that much farther.
White- Teresa Ledbetter
Yellow- Tim Chilton
White – Ted Nieman
Thank to everyone who made this an enjoyable day,
David R. King
2011 TMD Director