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Tour de Port

Tour de Port

Are members meeting up to ride Sunday?  I am looking for 40 or so mile riders @ 13-14 mph pace.  Harvey

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I guess folks who rode the Tour du Port got a taste of our crappy roads in Essex and Middle River.

I happen to be riding my own ride:

http://connect.garmin.com/activity/120244747

...which intersected or paralleled or followed the TdP's route.  I didn't realize until I started heading home from riding out to Ft. Howard and North Point State Park that the route pushed over the Back River Bridge and headed to Rocky Point Park.

2013 mileage=12,169 miles;
2014 mileage=5,156 miles;
2015  mileage=6,200 miles;
2016 mileage=17,503 miles;

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The majority of the roads on this ride were "crappy". I've done this ride 3 years in a row now and this was by far the worst one.

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First year riding it for me - many times during the ride I thought a road bike might not be the best.  The worst parts for me were the cobblestones (near the beginning for the 50 mile route).  Almost lost it going (slowly) around a cobblestoned circle.

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There was a missing direction in the cue sheet for the 63 mile ride. I think it was supposed to have a right turn on Holabird from Broening Highway. Caught at least 40 others by my count. High marks on the rest stops, views were great, no food left at the start when I finished. Scored a crate of oranges though.

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The roads historically always are terrible...and as long as this ride is in Baltimore, that fact is never going to change.

I did the 65 mile route and I found the route marking to be excellent this year as compared to last year.  I for one am glad the route didn't go through the cobbles...the route more than made up for the pounding the cobbles would have added.  I did see a couple of incidents on the route, one where the cyclist was being taken in away on a backboard etc.  Hopefully that individual wasn't hurt terribly and it was all precautionary.  Right after we passed that incident, a woman in a car took it upon herself to yell at us for no reason except for the fact she was passing us at the time, something to the effect that "you see what happens to cyclists when they ride on the road" and she wasn't being pleasant either.  Of course she wasn't willing to stop and discuss the merits of cyclists being on the road (grin)

Several expressed disappointment that the end of ride lunch was less than desirable, considering the amount paid for this ride, the lunch could have been better than simply donuts and pasta salad.  I fully get the money is for supporting the effort, but perhaps that aspect could be improved.  Otherwise, the rest stops were fabulous and the volunteers were great!!  And hey we ran into Isaias on his ramble...!!

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We arrived early for a 7am start., Apparantely in an attempt to appear organized,they decided to make those that pre-registered wait until exactly 7am to open the checkin desks, while those that had not registered were able to walk up pay and ride. Thats one penalty for early riders. In another attempt to appear organized they scheduled the second rest stop on the 63 mile route to open at 11 am. This rest stop was right about the 40 mile mark. This means you would have to ride at a 10 mph average to enjoy this rest stop. Penalty #2 for early riders. Fortunatley the volunteers realized what was happening and rushed the opening to 10:15. Many thanks to them.

One of the things I look forward to with this ride is the early ride through the city. They took that away with with this years pot hole route(Tour de Industrial Port).
We saw one rider break a spoke. The food was less than desirable, the rest stops(once they were open)and volunteers were great and the band we saw was awesome.

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Nigel Samaroo wrote:

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  And hey we ran into Isaias on his ramble...!!

It was good seeing, you, too, Nigel. Thanks for the introductions to Donna Norfleet and Erica Kane.

2013 mileage=12,169 miles;
2014 mileage=5,156 miles;
2015  mileage=6,200 miles;
2016 mileage=17,503 miles;

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I managed an early start for the 38 mile ride, around 8 and took my time.  The Rocky Point Park rest stop was excellent, all the Sparrows Point waterfront was nice riding, and upon return the band and food were good.  I guess getting there early allowed the choice of pasta salad or the huge burrito that really filled me up.  You could only get one or the other, though no one would stop you from getting in line again.  I don't know how many did walk in registration that day, so that may have been an issue, one that the BBC has had to deal with too with the Civil War Century.

I waited for a couple friends who'd started later and the band was great!  I agree about expecting crappy roads in the city, but with the right tires and attitude, cobbles are just another fun place to ride.  Weather was great, I had a good time, hope One Less Car (still like that name better than Bike MD) did well.

Happy trails,
Dan Artley in Parkton
"More than any other emotion, melancholy is incompatible with bicycling." -  James E. Starrs, 'The Noiseless Tenor'

Nigel Samaroo wrote:
...  Several expressed disappointment that the end of ride lunch was less than desirable, considering the amount paid for this ride, the lunch could have been better than simply donuts and pasta salad.  I fully get the money is for supporting the effort, but perhaps that aspect could be improved.  Otherwise, the rest stops were fabulous and the volunteers were great!!

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I guess getting there early allowed the choice of pasta salad or the huge burrito that really filled me up.  You could only get one or the other, though no one would stop you from getting in line again. 

I guess if you did the 63 miler..you were just out of luck on the "burrito"!!  They should have had enough for everyone doing the ride (disappointing) and demonstrates lack of organization if one could go back for multiple courses!!

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