The week before I had done the Johnny Cake Lane road race and the next day Victor and I did the Battenkill preview ride. I was happy with my race performance and looking forward to the upcoming Battenkill race, but all I could think about all week was doing the PA 200km on Saturday. As we pulled out of my driveway Friday night, Victor said, “I think we’re a little unfocused Kate.”
ride.) Victor and the guys were salivating over the tandem while Michael and I talked about the Endless Mountains ride. He was behind us, but stuck with it, finishing just under the time limit. It was great to see everyone and be reminded that we belong with this community of crazy randonneurs.
The next morning we were happy to see Mike and Barb Anderson, with their tandem. They had rescued us when we stopped the EM after the second day. They, like many of us, were wearing our beautiful EM wool jerseys. Susan Rodetis, from New York, asked about it. “I did the Endless Mountains, and although I did not finish, I was told I could wear this anyway.” She said she was impressed with my honesty. To be sure, I was proud of the effort we made. We did the best we could at the time and while it was extremely difficult, we had great fun along the way. If we could have ridden faster, maybe things would have been different. On this day, we would see if we could ride faster.
Tom gave the briefing at the start, and told us he was setting us off in two groups. He asked who planned to complete the ride in less than 10 hours. Victor and I had never done a PA200km in less than 10 hours on single bikes, let alone the tandem. But, I thought we could do it. Victor had doubts, but agreed to set off with the first group.
At the end of the day, we sat around and talked about rides past, present and future. It was interesting to hear how Guy experienced the Endless Mountains. He was riding ahead of us, fast enough to get some good sleep. So, for him the ride was not as difficult. We spoke about nutrition and training, and racing and bikes. It was really great to see old friends and meet new ones. There are so many ways to ride a bike and they’re all good.