2012 Cycle NC – Day 7 White Lake to Carolina Beach (71.1 miles)
Tim McLear bailed out of Cycle NC yesterday. He said he’d rather fly to Europe than ride another mile of this year’s tour. (Seriously, he went to Europe).
Today was the last day of Cycle North Carolina for 2012. The weather was nice with little to no wind, and the roads were flat flat flat. The only hill for today’s ride was the bridge across the Intercoastal Waterway coming in to Carolina Beach.
Bill says everybody was up and ready to ride early on this last day. Bill’s maximum speed today was 28.4 mph coming off of the bridge, but he averaged 17.1 mph for the morning. He was outpaced by the guy who hand cycled the entire ride; today that guy’s speed averaged 17.2 mph.
The final day’s ride was uneventful with the possible exception of the cobblestone streets in Wilmington, and Bill was surprised that they were included in the route. I think that the Cycle NC folks knew that they needed to find a way to shake up the last day, so they added the cobblestones to weed out the amateurs.
Bill, Mac and Loren Jones were the first of the locals to reach Carolina Beach (at 11:30 am), which means of course that they won Cycle NC, but most of the local group came in within the hour.
Sadly, one unknown unlucky biker fell as she made the last turn to finish the ride. A comment was heard behind us along the line of, “Well, that sucks.”
Carolina Beach hosted the finish line celebration with a band, barbecue plates, beer, and random giveaway items including some fairly cool sunglasses. Kathleen Klecker and I hosted the New Bern area group with the annual bottles of champagne, and we made everyone stop what they were doing and drink. The group managed to toast each cyclist, Sherpa Ken, Sherpa Rick, Ken’s pickup truck, ants, the shower truck, and the portajohns. Three bottles of champagne later, the ride was over.
Every single cyclist I spoke to had a great time and intends to do it again next year. That includes CNC newbies, Ben Bunn, Avery Corning, and Cal Hansen.
Dog of the Day: Joanne reports that she saw a possible dog on today’s route, but she says it was likely too small to qualify as an official dog so she paid it no mind. I guess the “too small to be a dog” can win Dog of the Day by default.
Total mileage for this year’s ride was 455.3 miles.