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Bike to the bash

September 24th, 2010

I had the genius idea of singing up for a free bike ride called “Bike to the Bash”. Ok, so the idea was not mine. A friend suggested it, but I did not hesitate. It’s a ride to San Antonio, where the cyclists will end up at the “Bash at the brewery”, a live music event organized by the Lone Star brewery.

Being a free event, with free entry to the concert, it was a matter of signing up and hoping you would get selected the day they would pick the names out of the hat. And it seems, I was one of the lucky cyclists who will be joining the ride.

So, here I am, ready to join the ride tomorrow.

Bike ready CHECK
Camelbak filled with Gatorade CHECK
Clothes ready CHECK
Glasses CHECK
Bandana CHECK
Ride wristband CHECK
Tyre repair tools CHECK
Energy gel shots CHECK
Phone, ID, money CHECK
Timing watch CHECK

I think I got everything covered… Now, why all this preparation, you’re gonna ask. Well, San Antonio is not exactly down the road. In fact, it is an 80 mile (129km) distance from here to our final destination. All 165 of us will be setting off precisely at 7am, intending to get there some time in the afternoon. So yes, I do need to be prepared.

Am I nuts? Probably! Hell, I don’t even like the music they’ll be playing at the festival. I’m only going for the fun of it and to see how I’ll cope with such a long bike ride. Luckily, another friend is also on the ride, so we’ll get some good laughs in.

Time now is 8.30pm and I’m going to bed already, because I got a 5am wake up call ahead of me. I’ll keep you posted if I survive this.


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3 Responses

  1. Brian Johnston says:

    and after the party, do you have to bike back??

  2. Gymhopper says:

    Hah! That's a great point, Brian. You have to bike back drunk…
    Buen Suerte, M! Don't pick up any hitchhikers.

  3. M. says:

    Biking back the following morning was an option we were initially considering. 50 miles in the ride, we didn't even want to think about it any more.

    Ride went great! We finished it within less than 5.30 hours and I didn't start to feel tired until mile 56 (coincidence?).

    Once there, we found some guy with a pickup that was willing to take our bikes with him back to Austin and found somebody else to drive out tired selves.
    Long shower and lying in bed for the rest of the day is the only thing I care about right now…


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