Jul 102009
 

GRR by the Numbers

  • Total hours: 81 hours, 48 minutes
  • Hours slept: Approx. 10 (at 7 different stops)
  • Feet climbed: Approx. 26,000 ft.
  • Riders starting: 105 total (88 riders for the 1,200k, and another 17 who were doing a 1,000k plus another 200k. Same distance, but there is a RUSA award (“Randonneur 5000”) that requires a 1,000km ride.
  • Riders finished: 90

I don’t have much to say in the way of a wrap-up. Just a couple of thoughts.

The event was incredibly well run. Davis Bike Club always puts on a good ride, but taking care of 105 riders over nearly five days and over 375 miles of open road is just amazing. All of the volunteers were incredible. They went beyond the usual helpful, caring, supporting role they fill. They were, to a person, selfless, nurturing. Taking care of the riders was their only concern, and they took their charge very seriously. They gave us not hours, but days away from their families and homes. Each person I came in contact with was as smiling, giving, and as eager to help on the final day of the ride as on the first. I am grateful for their sacrifice.

I know I advised the reader never to do a 1200k, or any ride that takes so much out of you; but of course, I would never tell anyone not to do it. I do know I never will again, but that’s a different story. For me, I don’t think the reward of riding a 1200k is commensurate with effort required to ride it successfully. But I would never presume to make that judgment for anyone else.

I will say, though, that having decided to ride the Gold Rush Randonnée sometime last Fall, I’m glad I had the opportunity to train for the ride, to attempt to ride it, and to finish. This is one jersey I feel like I’ve earned.

  3 Responses to “Postscript”

  1. oh scott-don’t be sorry-i was just playin with you. it was a great read, i really felt that i was on the trip with you & that’s the best you can get from good writing. it was in sections & i could have quit & gone back to it later, but i wanted to keep going. even though they wouldn’t let girls compete in road races, the boys let me go on training rides & i remember getting off the bike, wondering if i’d even be able to stand up. that’s how i felt again the other night. sometimes, when i’ve been writing for a long time, i have the same feeling when i get up because there’s so much tension. writing is hard too, but, of course, not that hard. (and i did do my exercises after the reading. . .they seemed easier than usual that night.) love ya. . .sk

  2. fantastic scott!

    i’m now so exhausted i may not be able to get up and walk to the bed. my butt is sore my scrolling fingers are sore, my vision is blurred, my head aches and i haven’t done my exercises and it’s almost 2 a.m. tell me this – which is harder? riding the Randonnée or writing about it?

    love ya. . . sk

    • Sorry sk! Maybe I should have posted it in sections. Happy you thought it was interesting enough to read all the way through.

      As for difficulty, the ride was far more difficult that writing about it afterward. In fact, I wrote a lot of it as I was riding. I didn’t want to stop to take pictures or make notes along the way, so I went over impressions again and again I had as I rode. I have a lousy memory, and that was the only way I could drill it into my fried little brain. I’m surprised, actually, that I remembered as much as I did. In any case, I remembered well enough NOT to sign up for Paris-Brest-Paris this year.

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