Crush the Commonwealth 2013
I don’t think you need a Twitter account to do a Twitter search. Anyone who tweets with the #crushthecommonwealth hashtag will show up in this feed:
Following the Twitter feed is been reported someone just got to the Bell! Some Tom Oswald??
I’ve been cheering for the ladies, Stef & Sara, who seem to be crushing it “Iron Lady” style! :)
Stef is about 85 miles away, and Sara hasn’t updated since East Berlin 2hrs ago.
(Via Facebook on April 9) From Linda Boxx, the President of the Allegheny Trail Alliance, the group building the trail at Sandcastle.
Please do not try to come through yet. There’s only about a month’s more work needed until the Sandcastle/Keystone section is finished. Crews will be milling and paving soon, making Sandcastle Drive impassable. Also, the CSX railroad CSX is very concerned about the volume of trespassers at Keystone Metals. Please enjoy other opened sections until work is complete. Thanks!
Back on topic, hope the rain/cold wasn’t too miserable for the riders.
projecting a 35 – 36 hour finish for Stef. heading out with the dogs to throw her a surprise pit bull party at the bell.
I wouldn’t put it above Stef to check the forums while on the route :P
I got a few craptastic pics near Somerset yesterday while driving back to the ‘Burgh: http://goo.gl/1tfp7
Stefb just made the bell. Assuming the clock started at 5:15am that would be 36:42!
pearmask was 65 miles out four hours ago, so should be there shortly.
Pittsburgh ladies of steel!
Why am I still awake? And why are there no official updates about the finishers’ times?
Also thanks for the support and great job to those who did the ride. I will make a blog post and share it tomorrow. The gap was torture because it was so soaked and then we got soaked and it hurt and now I have a ton of skin problems, and some others said that the rain caused skin problems also. Strong riders. Nice people
Pearmask is at the bell @ 10:32pm = 39:17
No word from jonaweb yet, he was in Lancaster 9 hours ago.
Jonaweb made it at 12:03am!!!
Congrats to everyone who attempted or finished the ride!!!! Respect!!! :D
All three ladies finished! yay! glad to see more women doing this.
And here is a blog: http://stefannburch.blogspot.com/2013/04/ctc-2013.html if you’re bored.
My strategy, which was basically not to sleep or do anything else but ride, worked perfectly. I never would have been able to finish Saturday otherwise because I’m so slow. I stole a march on a lot of people by riding through the night (some of whom passed me later). It was nice I met Ruth C. on the way out of Bedford because she knew the way through the tunnels well and it’s safer riding at night with someone else.
The hallucinations weren’t that bad but my eyes stopped working right around Lancaster. I couldn’t do binocular vision and had to keep one eye closed to avoid seeing double. It turns out binocular vision isn’t as necessary as I’d thought. But later, on the trail into Philly, I discovered that if I closed my eyes for about 30 seconds, which also felt like the best thing ever, they would resync. So no problem.
I was seeing things like faces in shadows and odd mountainous elephant-like shapes in tree shadows. That was sort of cool. And Philly itself was awesome at night — not too crowded with cars, and lots of places reserved for bikes I guess because the streets are so wide.
BTW I used Dirk Strothman’s “Magnic Light” headlight on this ride and it held up really well. No problems for 400 miles including some really rough road (Ruth was really fast through the tunnels). It’s Kickstarter project that powers the light using the rim moving through a magnetic field. Must less resistance than a dynamo hub, lighter, and brighter, and you don’t need to get a new wheel.
@jonawebb congratulations on finishing it’s a great accomplishment. I hope you got some rest after not sleeping and riding close to 400 miles.
Well done, Stef & Jon (and any other finishers reading this).
@mm & Jake, thanks. I rode up to the 30th Street station and slept there, rented a car in the morning and drove back, stopping to sleep and eat at the rest stops. I got back here around 7 pm.
Edit: BTW, Philly bike traffic around midnight Saturday seems surprisingly rough. Two guys without lights came very close to hitting me.
Mad respect. This is one ride I’m quite happy to have religious reasons to duck out of.
WOW – I am amazed that people take this on and finish it. Congratulations to all the participants!
@stefb that was a very enjoyable blog read!
I’d love to get some more details on that magnic light, I’ve been curious as to the performance and lumens generated. I’m assuming they have only been in the hands of actual backers at this point though.
Finished at 9:22PM on Saturday night. Long and detailed ride report coming soon.
Just want to say that anyone who finished this ride is a total bad ass in my book — and hell, even starting takes a considerable amount of bravery. I am in awe of you. Congratulations!
Jim, if you are reading this, please let me know how you did. I didn’t see your name on the list of finishers. Wondering if you had a mechanical. Hope all is well.
I’ve been hiding out in shame. I gave up in Bedford. Soaking wet, chilled to the bone and I didn’t bring enough clothes for the rest of the ride. Plus, I broke another spoke and the rear wheel was kinda wobbly.
I’m don’t regret quitting. I do regret my lack of planning. On the other hand, I’m looking forward to next year.
Stef – just read your blog post, and now I regret not finishing.
You rock- congratulations!
Thanks. Glad to hear you are ok. It was probably best that you threw in the towel. Hypothermia can be dangerous. You are a strong rider. You will do well next year.
Glad to hear from ya, Jim…couldn’t find your email, and I was getting concerned.
If it helps your crushing burden of shame, Bedford is where I threw in the towel last year too.
The fact that you rode your bike to BEDFORD is no small thing. I gave up midway through a measly 200k one year due to being severely chilled. Nothing wrong with putting your health before your pride.
Seriously, riding is only HALF of the challenge. Congrats to those that finished. To those that didn’t finish, I hope to join you next year… finishing that is. ;)
I’m now 0for2 getting the time off to participate; this would be much easier if I would just move back to Pgh and be done with it.
I experienced a lot of new things on this ride, including fear before it — I never felt actually afraid of a bicycle ride before, the discovery that I could indeed ride through the night and the next day, that I’d figured out the clothing thing, the problems with vision and learning to deal with them, and the discovery at the end that I still had energy on the Schuylkill trail, and a clear enough head to be able to work my way through Philly.
It has been a long process working out what I had to do to be able to do these rides — clothes, equipment, bike fit, nutrition, GPS, etc. But it is worth it to find out some of these things. And there is still more interesting stuff to learn.
Sometimes not having the clearest head is a benefit in Philly… as it helps you to blend in. ;)
Posted my ride report… It’s long, detailed, and with plenty of adult language.
@mrosswog : I really enjoyed your report…brought back memories of my first eastbound CtC.
Based on your preference for riding solo most of the time, I suspect you’d do really well on long brevets…most randonneurs are completely chill about riding with strangers, and about going ahead or falling behind as the mood takes ’em without getting weird about “keeping the group together.”
Thanks for the kind words guys!
Hey Jim – from your tiny profile / avatar pic – it looks like you were the guy I was chasing out of Somerset. That was awesome!
I’m still resting up and healing some kind of pulled muscle in my left shin / ankle. It’s slowly getting better but was swelling and crippling sore for days. Can’t wait to get back on the bike!
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