Tour de Pike 2012
This past Saturday was my first Tour de Pike Century cycling ride in Concord, Georgia. The bike ride actually has several mileage options from 8 miles to 10o miles. I opted for the 33 mile course. I was hoping to be ready for the century, but circumstances have hindered my training to this point. The 66 mile option was probably more in line with my training, but schedules in the Spring are super tight. Alas, 33 it was.
The ride is very nice. It is a low key start and finish. The rest stops in each town are nice, with friendly, helpful people. There is a good selection of refreshments. Some of the stops have port-a-potties, some real restrooms.
The route splits are well marked, but a decent map is provided for each distance route, just in case.
Terrain is rolling hills, with some longer climbs. Nothing too severe. However, the accumulation over miles can take it’s toll, so be prepared.
I had a good opportunity to test out some of my new nutrition strategy & my new water bottle/tool bag setup. There are a couple of things I still need to sort out, particularly placement of a spare tube & CO2 cartridges, give my new barebones tool bag.
Date: Saturday, 17 March 2012
Distances: 8, 18, 33, 66 & 100 miles
Times: Registration open 7am
Ride start 8:30am
Cost: $25 in advance, $30 after 9 March. walk-up registration available