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1903 Adventure Ride  //   Friday - November 9, 2012

1903 Adventure Ride Doing one of my 1903 Adventure rides next Saturday in Frederick, MD. Stuff some canned beer, carafe of red wine or flask of whiskey in your jersey pocket and come on out. Fixed gear bikes encouraged but not mandatory.

You might be asking, what is a 1903 Adventure ride? Why 1903? First, it's not a race, it's a group ride. The description I came up with when I first put one of these on several years ago is this: In 1903 the first Tour de France was held. The roads were rough and unpaved. This ride seeks out similar conditions. Expect gravel, ruts, bumps and plenty of rural riding at itís finest. A mix of pavement and dirt road riding. A cyclocross bike is an ideal choice for this mix of pavement riding and dirt roads. In that first race, fixed gear bikes were the only choice and I encourage using those on these rides. The climbs can hurt, but the control on the downhill gravel is nice. A front brake is a wise idea. Trust me on this one, it can get steep and sketchy on these rides. OK, enough of this, on with the details:

Location: Sand Flats Parking lot, intersection of Gambrill Park Rd and Tower Rd.

Date: Saturday, November 17th, meet at 10:00 am

Ride Level: Moderate pace, 50+ miles including some steep climbs and rough roads

Description: Please read carefully, email with any questions. Cue sheets will be provided. The group will keep a moderate pace and regroup periodically, but you should be prepared to navigate from the cue sheet if you can not maintain the advertised pace. There will be one place to make a quick stop for food or water at approximately mile 30 (bring $$$), otherwise we will be out in the sticks so pack what you need. Some roads will be dirt and may be rough, recommended tires of 28mm or larger. In the spirit of the first Tour de France in 1903 fixed gear bikes encouraged but not required. Good attitudes mandatory!

- riderx


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