Its late, actually early (Sunday morning) — but I just got back today from doing the STP. 204 miles of cycling fun taking you from Seattle to Portland. Lots of fun — me and my closest 9000 friends pack the streets of Seatle till you are able to create some space (by riding faster than the other riders). Its a great ride. There is a one day and a two day option. Most of the 9000 rides will do the ride over 2 days but I’ve never ridden 200 miles in a day and I wanted to see if I could do it. We left this morning at 5 AM and over the next 14 1/2 hours made our way down to Portland. The first 100 we, I should probably say who the we was — Kyle Banerjee and Brian Miyagishima — rode in about 5 1/2 hours, which by the way, is the fastest I think I’ve ever done a century. We slowed down a bit on the second hour (9 hours) — but everyone started to get tired and the ride through Portland was slow as you ran into other rides, making it so that the last 10 miles was done at ~8 miles an hour. But lots of fun. The ride hires a photographer, so there will soon be lots of pictures posted. When I get them, I’ll link to a few from my blog. However, at the end of the ride, the city of Portland throws a big party and they give you a ribbon that identifiers you as a 1 day STP manic. Mines attached.
It was fun, exciting and to be honest, I’m a little surprised at how easy it was to ride 200 miles. I figure I probably could have put on another 40-60 before bonking out — and that’s good to know. 🙂