Although not a race, I’m classifying it as that for easier searching in the future.
I signed up for MS Bike Niagara back in November 2014 along with a friend, Dan, in support of another friend, Lori, who was recently diagnosed with this shitty disease. I’ve done this event, and a 2-day version of it 10+ years ago. The events are run really well and it’s for a great cause. I raised a total of $325 for the event, thanks to great friends and family. Dan raised $1000 which is fantastic.
There was virtually no training on my part for this ride. I rode maybe a total of 35 kms in the months before the ride. What I found in those “test rides” was that my cardio would not be a problem, but my ass definitely will, and I was right.
I arrived at the event site in Crystal Beach around 7:15 AM. Registered and got the bike & equipment ready. I met Dan around 7:40 AM. We went near the starting line, took a
Team Lori selfie and waited for the start. The weather couldn’t have been better. The day start at a nice 17-18°C with a slight south breeze which helped at the start since it was at our tall.
The first half of the ride seemed to have gone by quickly. Dan & I felt good and maintained a 23 kph average speed for the first half. The 2nd half wasn’t as pleasant; for me it was my ass – very sore. For Dan, it seemed he seemed to be more affected by the small headwind. At one point, I rode in front of him so he could ride in my draft which should have helped with his cardio.
After the last stop, it was getting hot out and my ass was extremely sore. But, it went by fairly fast.
We crossed the finish line after a total of 4h 18 mins (3 hrs 35 mins riding time). Here’s the Garmin data for the ride with my vitals.
We had a welcoming committee consisting of Lori, Wendy, and Mrs. Fat Guy, Billie. I can speak for Dan, but myself, I had a great time and it felt good to get some mileage on the bike again. Not to mention, we did it for a great cause. Will there be a next year? It’s a definite possibility.