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2008 City to Shore MS Ride: 75-miler

nj

Star Star Star Star Star

Distance: 74.8 miles


This ride started off from the Woodcrest Patco Station at about 7am with 7,000 riders pledging to ride to fight MS. I heard as we rolled out that the event raised $4,316,022.77 for Multiple Sclerosis research. Positive. I was part of Team crEATe, a five-person group that raised $3,977.70.

 A huge thank you to all of the people who sponsored. There are plenty of reasons why Bicycling Magazine calls this the Best Cycling Getaway in NJ, and the main one is definitely the huge turnout and money raised. All in all, it was a perfect day to spend in the saddle sharing the road with teammate and future brother-in-law Dominic. We stuck together for the majority of the course, but I took off on some flyers with a couple groups that were working together well--fun to ride in a paceline. We regrouped a few times and kept at it sure and steady. The middle of the course was stocked with rolling and leafy backroads. A nice misting of rain washed over before reaching Steelman Bay and the final push. The last two bridges over Broad Thorofare and Great Egg Harbor Inlet were the ride's featured "climbs," which I motivated to stay up and really "attack." A guy on a spiffy Colnago rig and I paced each other into Ocean City and then took off a mini-race to the finish. The last two turns had enough cheering crowds and cowbells that amped us to sprint to the "line." The finish festival was decent with ample grub and okay music. We got a massage and chowed down as the sun broke through the clouds. Overall, a well-supported ride with a pleasant course. Next year, I want Team crEATe to raise even more money and ride even harder to fight MS.

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