The MS Cape Cod Getaway is history. Thanks to my sponsors support I was able to raise $580 for this event. The more than 1,900 riders at the event raised more than $2M to fight MS.
The ride was great on Saturday but due to weather, heavy rains and winds that cancelled all the ferries, the ride on Sunday was cancelled. Saturday was a near perfect day for the ride – cloudy and cool but little wind and no rain. I covered the 76 mile course in 4:15:36 at an average speed of 18mph.
The course was different than prior years as many of the last 25 miles were through a wetlands areas with many ponds and constant hills to climb. The altitude gain on the ride was 3,576’ this year compared with about 2,500’ the last time I rode it in 2013. The course had lots of turns, constant small hills and few stretches of 1 mile or more where you could get a good rhythm going. With all the turns and hills, this is a much different ride than the Arizona MS with its long stretches of straight road and the average speed is lower. When George and I finished there were not more than a handful of riders ahead of us and during the ride no one was able to pass us (unless we were at a rest stop!) The great news is even with the extra 1,000’ of vertical, I improved my previous best speed by 0.2mph from 17.8mph to 18.0mph. Considering the new knee and getting back into shape this was a very good ride for me – but no worries on getting complacent, I know I can still do much better!
Thanks to Marc Broadnax for having me as part of the Comcast team, George Sprenkle for pushing me and riding with me on this ride, Mory Bahar for letting us stay with him, Andrea Jones for the Forza power training that helped me make all the hills and Barbara Page for helping get back in shape!