What a weekend it was! My first time doing any sort of road bike ride, and leaving the house while it was still dark outside made for some rough motivation.
The day began Saturday just after 6am because i have two little kids that were heading out to Camp Twin lakes with me. Getting everyone dressed, feed, myself coffee’d up and the fandamily on the road just after 7 to head down to the brewery to meet the rest of Team SweetWater by 8. We loaded up the kegs into the SweetWater van (needed some motivation to finish the ride!) and a dozen of us in various SweetWater rides were on the road heading about an hour east of Atlanta to Rutledge, GA and Camp Twin Lakes for our ride. Most of us took part in the 27 mile course which left at 10am, but there were just as many other who did more. The 100 mile ride went off at 8am, after a wrong turn which actually made it 110 miles, they were off. The 67 and 47 were next followed by us at 27 and the fun riders who did the 5 mile loop. all in all over 750 riders turned out and raised over $250,000 for Camp Twin Lakes.
The start was tight, i kept hearing how things would bunch up at the beginning and i was going to bust my ass since i had never ridden with the clip in shoes before
(thanks to Nick for the unbelievable loaner bike – much better ride than my 20 year old Trek mountain bike i had been training on) but we were off without issue – one of guys get a flat about 100 yards in, but a bike repair team was on site and got him back on the road within minutes. I was towards the back with a Ed from Wild Wing and Nicole, our tasting room managerother SweetWater folks at the start so we stepped on it once the coast was clear to catch up with the rest of the SweetWater crew.
The ride was great – some rolling hills, fun declines, a few tough climbs back up those hills, and a beautiful course into the town of Madison where the half way point rest area was.
loaded up on some fluids and some funny looking jelly beans and heading our on the back stretch. about two hours after we began, we were back at the camp, welcome by a great round of applause from the crowd as we crossed the Shoulberg Finish line. Quickly got of the bike, ditched the funny shoes (didn’t fall once!) and heading for the SweetWater wagon which was pouring free beer for all the riders. After the most refreshing Sch’Wheat of my life, the rest of the Team had gathered and the stories began to unfold.
The kids got to participate in camp activities all day and were the happiest people at the camp once the counsels brought them back from the paddle boat to the festival site.
Thanks to all the riders that participated with Team SweetWater and all the folks, friends, and family
that made donations to the camp on behalf of myself(not too late to still make a donation!), members of our team, or the slew of other great teams and riders that participated. If you aren’t familiar with Camp Twin Lakes, or Spin for Kids click on the links to learn more, and also check out the Crank Tank Rye’d Ale we created to help spread the word – hope to have your support next year and a few more of y’all riding along side of us. Now I need to make the call to buy a bike of my own, so i don’t have to wait till the day before to get my hands on one. That and some better padding on my butt, that was the most painful part of the ride!