Thursday, December 9, 2010

2011 dates.....

Getting to be that time again.

Looking like late April.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Ride reports

From Eric Goldberg:

Day 1
Day 2

Dan's report

Adam Newman, lots of photos 

From Nick:
Jason Oddo convinced me to do this ride with him. I set out with zero training and a drive to have a good time. Spent the thursday in west philly sleeping in someone's back yard after running around chasing pizza and raw milk. At the liberty bell I was surprised by how many riders were planning to do the ride without any gear. Looks like the first year the majority opted not to do this ride self-supported. Leaving Philadelphia on the bike trail we very quickly got dropped by nearly everyone. I saw Chris and two other folks on route 100 and that was the last we saw of anyone else.

I brought a lot of cheese on the ride but left it in my bag for a few days before the ride so it tasted weird, but it still got the job done. Cheese plus gatorade, doughnuts, coffee and sheetz 4$ foot longs is mostly what I ate for the ride. We made it to Lancaster around 1pm and I decided to eat a quart of ice cream, it was a good idea. Friday was a beautiful day. It got dark about 3 hours from Chambersburg, we kept going with our lights on and up some monster hills. After we got to 30 it was a breeze all the way into Chamber-sprawl. We stopped at the dunkin doughnuts and grabbed a sizable bag of doughnuts from the dumpster. Someone called the cops and The Man came and hassled us. We made it to the Farm I worked on last year and slept in the barn. We slept a full eight hours then hung around the farm for several hours in the morning. The chickens we're really happy to see me, so was the barn cat. Although the barn Rat ate my sandwich.

Leaving Chambersburg took a few hours. After we left the farm we stopped at the mennonite mall and got delicious whole wheat butter soaked soft pretzels and mexican food. Then on the way out I bought quart of strawberries from a roadside stand. We talked about making an herbal gatorade out of wild plants that can be commonly found on the side of the road (maybe: coltsfoot, nettles, red clover, chickweed and catnip). This is when the wind started getting really bad. It remained bad all day and night until we finally made it to new baltimore for the night around 12:30am. It just started to rain as we pulled into the baseball field where we would sleep in the dugouts.

We woke up to near freezing temperatures, so we went back to bed, we slept for eight hours. Later when we finally got up, it was still really cold. The climb up to the top of the continental divide was OK. The mountain sheltered some of the wind, not all of it. When we rounded the bend at the very top we were buffeted by one hell of a breeze. Between the mountain top and somerset was horribly awful. When we got the sheetz in somerset it was 36 degrees. I bought a half dozen doughnuts and some coffee and sat outside to eat it. Then I saw snowflakes so I went back inside. We stood around inside the sheetz for an hour and a half eating, talking and pooping. The chocolate milk really hit the spot.

Finally made it to the bike trail around 3pm. We soon thereafter found ramps! lots of them in fact, we brought home about 5 pounds. It got dark around west newton, it got cold around boston. The riverton bridge was cool, we made it to the point at 1am. I called Eric when we got there and tried to trick him by saying we got there on sunday morning instead of monday, it didn't work.
From Dan (dmg)
My report: this year, I tried to 1. take it easy on day 1 to avoid collapsing after the halfway point (as I did 2 years ago) 2. make sure I was eating every hour and drinking every 30 minutes regardless of actual hunger or thirst. I started out feeling terrible, got thigh pain 20 miles into it and was dropped by everyone else on the Schuylkill trail in Philadelphia. Later, I managed to not get off the trail at the right spot and took an unintended trip to Phoenixville, where I somehow managed to get my first wind by the time I made it back to the route. Was feeling good all throughout York, then started lagging again so stopped at Sheetz for a sandwich and milkshake around 1. Met up with and was dropped by Bill somewhere thereafter, ate in Chambersburg, and continued on my own through Cowan's Gap State Park (which was really nice despite inky darkness and a couple of huge trucks. Somewhere after Burnt Cabins I caught up with 3 people from Philly, and together we found our way to the abandoned turnpike. I was somehow feeling better than I had all day, but everyone else was tapping out, and I figured that taking it easy was the best policy. We all split a room in Breezewood, and in the morning two of the Philadelphians threw in the towel and got someone to pick them up.
Eric and I continued on and met up with Ryan, who rode with us to Bedford before feeling like he needed to rest. As soon as we left Somerset, we started getting buffeted by 30-40mph winds that made the climbs oh so much worse, and the descents near death experiences. Finally made it to Somerset in the 3 worst hours I've spent on a bike in recent memory and ran into Jim Logan, who guided us to Walmart for some emergency clothing and then to the trailhead. The trails were littered with branches from the winds, but were otherwise pleasant enough. The trail was rocky enough to loosen one of the bolts that held my front fender in place, which required some emergency zip-tie surgery in the gloom. Stopped in Connellsville for food, and then headed back on the trail in the dark. Somewhere in this section I began to lose my mind, but Jim kept everyone talking and awake during the remaining 40 miles. As soon as we got off the trail around midnight and headed to McKeesport, the temperature fell into the 40s and started raining in earnest, and that plus the delirium sent us 5 miles in the wrong direction. Whoops. Jim eventually figured out our error, and we backtracked from Elizabeth to McKeesport, then got on 837 to Carson Street, to the jail trail, to the Point, and to victory at 3:30am. And then, as a final kick in the pants, I got a flat (the only one of the ride) a mile from my house in the pouring rain. Definitely the hardest day in the saddle that I've experienced yet, but I'm glad I did it. And that it's over.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Results 2010

Michael Tressler
Marl Tressler

Dan Blumenfeld

Jim Logan
Dan Goldberg
Eric Greenburg

Ryan Ference

Nick Lubecki
Jason Oddo

DNF (all at Somerset)
Bill H
Adam Newman

Comment or email me with name or time corrections.

Hope to hear more ride reports! I added a link to ride reports right below the title and put one in forom Dan Goldberg. Or click here.

Everybody In.

Nick and Jason called in from the Point at 12:58 last night.

That should be eveyone. I'll try to get this wrapped up today and post a list a finishers and times.

Anyone who wants to tell the story of the ride, get it to me, I'll post it up here.

Thanks for participating everyone.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Update from Nick L and Jason O at 5:58pm:

"we found ramps (wild leeks)."

Got a message from Ryan Harris (?maybe, hard to hear the message) tonight, he arrived in Pittsburgh 11:30am Sunday morning.

As of this posting at 9:50pm Sunday evening, Nick and Hason are still the last riders on course.

And then there were Three

Just got a text from 2 of the remaining riders:

"Jason Oddo and Nick Lubeki are going to finish this race or die trying"

Saturday, May 8, 2010

First riders finished

Michael and Mark Tressler called in from the Point at 3:51 this afternoon.


That is a fine piece of work.

Dan checked in last night at 8:03pm in Breezewood, and again at 8:35am from Somerset, one of the worst stretches of this route. He can't be far behind the Tresslers.

Edit (6:30pm Sat): Dan is in at 6:28. He said it hurt. I'm sure it did.

Edit (10:30am Sunday): Jim Logan, Dan Goldberg, Eric Greenburg arrived at 3:30 am.
Two riders pulled out at Somerset, Adam Newman due to hail at 10:44 last night, and Bill H at 8:30 this morning.

That is 8 riders in or off the course, leaving 5 still out and riding.

Edit (Sunday 11:05am) Two more riders out at Somerset, Jamie and Ben from Philly, 7am Saturday morning.

Leaving three, which I assume includes Nick, who may be the only person to start all 5 years of CtC.

Friday, May 7, 2010


From Darren:

I headed down the Schuylkill trail to meet the riders as they come up from Philly...Here's the way they passed me at 6:15/6:30ish....

By the time they hit Norristown on the Schuylkill River Trail the group was already spend across five miles...Three guys at the front (Dan and two others carrying messenger style bags).  4 mins back another group of three.  Two of the guys were from the Pottstown area and they were all traveling very light.  I didn't even think they were part of the race, because they only had small bags.  Another mile or so back was 'Bill' from Pittsburgh area. 

I turned around at that point and headed in the right direction.  Getting off the Trail onto the S route two guys came from my left, clearly having gotten off the Schuylkill trail at the wrong place, but some how finding the S route.  I leaped-frog these guys and Bill out to New Holland.  Never saw the front six again.  At New Holland I turned around to head back home.  Passed Chris and his riding partner headed to Denver for their first beer of the day.  Another sole rider went passed, and then finally two more guys just west of Morgantown, still on Rt 23.


Word from the start line: 13 people started the ride.

More info as I get it.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Last update

OK folks, it looks like the McKeesport bridge will be closed this weekend, but the newly opened Riverton bridge is open, solely for bikes and peds. To get there head over the bridge into Mckeesport after the trail from Boston ends, turn left onto Walnut St/48. Right onto Lysle Blvd at the T.

Once on Lysle Blvd, take the first left at the big parking garage onto Locust St and head towards the river. There are a few GAP (Great Allegheny Passage) signs and a big green bike banner at the intersection. The trail restarts a few hundred yards in, and will lead to the Riverton Bridge. After you cross the river things are hit and miss for the trail, and some time will be spent on 837. Stay safe!

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There will be some folks to start the ride Friday morning, the plan is still to be rolling at 5 or a few minutes after.

If you'd like, call me when you finish, or email. Or text me updates. I might try to update the blog as the ride progresses.

That's about it. Good luck.


Thursday, April 29, 2010

Oh man, one week to go.

I won't be a start, but I'll have an appointed starter to at least give a signal to start riding. Maybe he or she will actually get to the start before 5 too, unlike a certain person currently typing into a blog editor.

Reminder. You are on your own. Meaning no support from me, or anyone else for that matter. Start at one end, ride to the other, carry what you need or get it as you go.

Point Park is once again under construction, but enough of it is open to finish there.

I'll post my phone number next week to call when finished.

I'm also looking into getting out of McKeesport. There seem to be some bridges closed. I'll keep you updated. Be prepared for detours. Carry a good map of this area.

Good luck! I'll try to hang out at the end, see if I can get some finishing photos.

Also, if people want to call/text/email me as they progress, I might try to keep a running update going on the blog and/or facebook.

Monday, March 29, 2010

As You Were

Orginal dates will stand, too late in the game for me to start pulling a stunt like that.

One of the great things about this event is how little any one person really matters to the success of the ride. I can not show up, get someone else to say GO!, and the event happens all the same.

So, see you May 7th. Or not. All is good.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Changing dates?

Due to an unfortunate scheduling conflict, I've been debating moving the date to May 14th.

Would this create undue hardship on any of you? Can't change vacation plans, etc?

comment here or email me:

Tuesday, February 2, 2010