On Sunday August 21st at ,
I completed 1200km Boston Montreal Boston with an elapsed time of 68hours and
25minutes.With the generous support
of the Hamilton Cycling Club and many others, my BMB ride raised more than $4000
for Parkinson Society Canada.
What an exciting, grueling and rewarding experience. Starting
alongside 91 other participants at on Thursday August 18, rode 440km from Boston to BurlingtonVT by scaling
multiple mountain climbs along the way. The last few hundred metres
over the climb at Middlebury Gap were torturous. Must have been
almost a 20% grade!
On Friday, I remounted my bike at , and rode from BurlingtonVT to HuntingtonQC. The ride from Huntington back to Burlington was a struggle against
strong headwinds and occasional raindrops. Before the day was done,
continued riding further 80km in the dark to Middlebury. Lost my directions in
the last few kilometres and took an extra 30 minutes before I reached my final
destination for the day at .
Saturday's ride started at in the dark with a fine
mist falling. Immediately began scaling 1500ft vertical feet on a long,
steep climb up and over the Middlebury Gap. Hard on the brakes all
the way down the other side being careful on slick wet roads. This
was a pattern to be repeated over the other major mountain climbs through the Green Mountains at Killington, Ludlow and the AndoverPass. Riding
between the Middlebury Gap and Killington, the mist turned into a downpour. Heavy
driving rains accompanied by gusting winds continued for several hours. I
rode through to BrattleboroVT by which time the rains
and winds had subsided.The hill
climbs on the next leg through New Hampshire to New Salem MA sapped
my energy as I resisted tiring to maintain my pace. I really felt
wasted when I sat down to eat something at the Bullard Farm in New Salem.
120 kilometres miles ahead of me to the finish, I left New Salem at . It took me
10 or 15km to regain my rhythm on the hills of Western Massachusetts. By , darkness enveloped the
road on a rough, unmarked stretch of pavement in a heavily wooded sector. Though
riding strongly again, I wondered if the unending series of hill climbs would
ever end. Finally, I reached some smooth pavement, flatter stretches
and the occasional town out about 60 kilometres from the end. I
stopped for a coffee and donut (i.e. caffeine and sugar pick-me-up) in the town
of Clinton about 40 kilometres out
before pressing on. Sensing the finish line was now within reach, I
increased my efforts - though checking out each and every nighttime course cue
carefully so I wouldn't get lost - and made it to the finishing line at .
Total riding time was 68hours and 25minutes, nearly a whole day ahead of the 90hour
cut-off time, and within 50+ age group qualifying time for Race Across America (RAAM).
I am ever so grateful to the
Hamilton Cycling Club for encouragement and very generoussupport of Parkinson Society Canada.
Club was and donated $250. If you want to add your support for Parkinson's
research click on the link below.