Ride for the Cure - 2011Richard & Pam Oliver
We did have one deviation: at the intersection of the two loops of the giant figure 8 course, Pam headed west to rest stop 4 for a short loiter, whilst Richard sped three miles east to rest stop 2, and then did a quick-turn to rejoin Pam. This six mile independent spur garnered Richard 50 miles, as he wanted to at least match his earlier Santa Fe half-century ride.
Ride support was excellent, almost making one feel a bit pampered. The five rest stops were between 8-14 miles apart, and well stocked with organic fruits, energy bars, drinks, etc, and my own favorite: Oreo cookies. Local cycleries such as Ted's, REI, and Bicycle Village provided both sag wagon and rest stop support.
Especially welcome were the legion of El Paso County Sheriff and Fountain Police cruisers, plus volunteers, posted at virtually every major intersection to often stop vehicular traffic and wave bikers through. The course was nicely planned to avoid traffic. Most of the routes had very few motor vehicles, which was quite comfy and appreciated, as there were few paved shoulders. The one exception was the short stretch along busier Highway 94, which the 72 milers briefly endured.
The return to PPIR was especially sweet. There was a Finish Line banner plus a band of welcoming cheer leaders to greet you, and present each rider with a special ribboned medallion -- while it was not a race -- you felt like you made the "podium"!