This used to be called the Tour de Donut and for some reason they now call it the Breakfast Bash, turns out the Tour de Donut is a multi-region thing so maybe they had a falling out or something. Same concept tho, shorter 27 mile route riders stop at each rest stop and eat as many donuts as they can for fun and prizes and my guess indigestion. I of course do the long non-donut route like other sensible riders and there were some fast ones out today. Pretty sure I beat everyone to the finish tho.
Like the other times it's blazing fast on the south route heading west, then lots of chipseal going north and a headwind on the north ride heading east, today was no exception other than it was 50 degrees at the start and the first cold* weather ride of the year.
Full Zachary, didn't stop the entire ride, forgot the camera this time so no video
*cold weather relative to the rider's particular region which may not be considered cold in other parts of the country/world
Saturday's ride was for speed, this one was mostly endurance, the route takes you from Galveston to Houston through a number of smaller cities. Lots of intersections, some good roads some not so good and the added bonus of a 10-12 mph northeast wind which was great on Saturday but not so good on Sunday.
Not a lot of fun or fast but still finished well and it's a good test of the legs, scenery is pretty good too. At 170+ miles this is the most I have ever done over a 2-day time period.
1/2 Zachary for a convenience store stop and go for Gatorade and to relieve the bladder.
Here's a bigger map of the route via Garmin Connect Live Track
Bike Around The Bay is a 2-day event ride. Day 1 from Baytown to Galveston is what I call the speed run, it's flat and very fast.
This route has changed slightly every time I've done it, the first time was in 2010 and they started in a little town called Anahuac, the route then was about 68 miles to the ferry and I finished with a 23.6 average which was and still is the fastest average I've ever done, 2011's route was slightly shorter at 60 miles and I finished with an average around 22 mph, wasn't sure because the Garmin kept screwing up. This time they started at a raceway in Baytown and it was much longer at 84 miles to the ferry.
Now I don't like to brag but this is my ride, in 2010 and 2011 out of around 1,000 riders I beat everyone to the ferry, it's what I live for and what I train hard to do, the question was now that it's an additional 25 miles longer and 3 years later could I still do it?
Short answer hell yes!
This is the longest ride I've ever done (84.57) at the fastest pace (22.9). Once I started heading south to the gulf it was highest gear and maintaining the fastest pace I could which was somewhere around 25 mph. Felt strong the entire way. There isn't a feeling in the world like getting to that ferry and the support people saying you were the first one in.
This part is from the ferry to Moody Gardens, they've also change it over the years and this time it's about the same distance (9.6 miles) but a lot of it is right along the seawall which was damn fun!
Words cannot adequately describe this ride other than it's amazing.
September and October have always been the fastest rides of the year at the lake and this year is no exception. Last 2 laps were 23 and 23.2 mph average. That last lap is the fastest I've ever done on that lake
This is one of the rides I've been waiting for, it's a very good ride that runs partially through the Sam Houston National Forest. I did this one back in 2010 and It's mostly the same route as The Great Plane ride I did earlier in the year although this time it was dry. 200-300 riders. Felt great the entire ride.
This was a new ride north/west of Houston. 2 30-mile laps, not a big ride which seems unusual considering it's a college town. Roads were somewhat flat with some chipseal but overall not a bad ride. Ended up somewhere around 54-55 miles total. 100 or so riders
The Garmin couldn't figure out how to do the 2nd lap so I restarted it. The 2nd lap (not shown) was similar in distance and time.