Ride for Karen 2009

The Ride for Karen was well represented by BCC again this year by Peter O, Kerri, Arn, Speedy Steve, Michael, Paul, Mike, (the other really fast Steve), and Peter. In true Ride for Karen style, the day started with some ominous looking clouds to the north. Luckily, our sun dance worked and the possibility of another sleet-hampered R4K dissipated. Our spirits rose, and before long we were off on another 160km adventure in pain.

The main group decided to “take it easy” in the 30km/h group, while Peter and Steve sped off in the 35km/h group. The first 60km went by in a flash, helped along enormously by Peter O’s big pulls on the front and a lot of BCC rotations off his left shoulder. After a quick bio break and re-grouping of our BCC crew we were off again- this time with a few tag-alongs that were nice enough people, but a little sub-par in our the pace line. (I have to admit, when we get going well- we make a very neat, well organized line- but unfortunately the newbie’s were a bit sloppy to say the least!)

Lunch was great as always- but I always find it difficult mitigating the need for calories with the need to keep an iron gut for another 50km’s. Arn displayed his impressive digestive tract by gobbling down an inspiring quantity of turkey sandwich followed by some sprint-like accelerations up the first killer hills.

As we headed back, Michael decided to head off for home- which was fine as I think he had already done about 200km by that point (he had ridden out to Maple in the morning and was riding back)! The BCC crew was now down to 5. Steve, Paul, and Kerri did some outstanding work pulling us along (and I believe Steve won some blue signs from Kerri but I was a little blurry in the head to see for sure).

We were going along quite nicely when Kerri’s chain decided that things were simply going too smoothly. The five of us agreed that it was one of the weirdest chain malfunctions we’d ever seen- a twisted ball of chain, grease and derailleur. Thanks to the teachings of JamesY, out came 2 pairs of gloves and Paul and Kerri went to work surgically removing the chain from its nest. Just as the R4K repair van pulled up, our crew was hitting the pavement again.

Unfortunately, my right knee was suffering for most of the ride, but it was pretty manageable for most of the 160. However; in the last 15 km, lactic acid build-up in both my legs started to make me feel like a Porsche with a lawn-mower engine. Thanks to all the BCC crew and particularly Arn for pulling up and pacing me back- I really appreciate it!

It is an amazing group of people that have come together to form BCC and this is one of those great rides, and great causes that serves to reinforce that fact year after year.

I have attached a couple of pictures (at the end so this is Me, Arn, Paul, Kerri & Steve).

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Comment by DY on September 16, 2009 at 9:32pm
Hey Dave, Sorry, I was super swamped and couldn't post. Thanks for Recapping this. Cheers, D.
Comment by Kerri on September 17, 2009 at 9:19am
SO glad that I was able to make this ride! A great day, awesome company and all for such a good cause. Glad that my chain incident didn't turn our 160 into a 120 instead! Thanks for the help and patience with that, and also a BIG thanks to Peter O. for rescuing me from my cross attempt up the first really steep hill - HATE being in the wrong gear up a big climb! This was my ONE goal to reach this season, and I'm glad that I was able to be a part of it! Cheers, K
Comment by Dave Ogilvie on September 17, 2009 at 9:24am
Hey Dan- no problem I know you're swamped these days! It was easier to figure out than I thought!
Comment by Steve Wolowich on September 17, 2009 at 10:03am
Thanks Dave for the blog and recapping the event. In years past this ride has always turned out to be an epic day. Rain held off this year with no incidents other than banging heads with Paul as we both leaned over to stare at Kerri's chain mess. Sorry for that Paul! The day turned out to be just another very nice ride which was a great way to cap off the season as far as longer ride distances go. Well done BCC for supporting this event.


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