At the urging of Da Boss himself, we are creating the first annual, 'Thanks For Letting Me Kick Your Ass All Year Ride" The name of this event was my idea, not Craig's but he did want to have an end of season ride and he has endorsed this plan. To avoid the hundreds of emails and phone calls, below is a FAQ section:
Q. Can anyone attend or it it just for the elite?
A: There is a qualification, you have to have had your ass kicked by Craig during the year so there is a qualification but everyone I know qualifies.
Q: Where will the ride start?
A: Behind Shades Restaurant, the usual starting place for the Tuesday COP evening rides.
Q: What is the ride distance?
A: The short route is 50, the long route is 60. The route will be NEW so no grind to Baltimore or Stoutesville on roads that have become too tedious after an entire year of riding.
Q: How hard will the route be?
A: Somewhat hilly but at an off-season pace unless you want to ride faster.
Q: Craig will really be there?
A: Unfortunately, yes.
Q: Anything happening post ride?
A: Yes, Craig wanted everyone who can stay to head over to Shades Restaurant for lunch or snack so he can thank you for letting him kick your ass (my words not his).
Q: What is the start time?
A: 9-10:00am depending on overnight temps. Will confirm in a couple of days.
Q: Can losers who ride recumbents participate?
A: Yes, Nathan is welcome to come.
Q: Can slow women ride too or is this just a man thing?
A: Yes, Flyin Tuna and others are encouraged to attend.
Q: How about fat people, can they ride too?
A: Yes, SuperDave and Kenda Dave are urged to be there.
Q: Will Mark ride the full route?
A: You're kidding, right? There will be multiple short cut options.
Q: Is there an age limit?
A: No, Grand Poobah is welcome to attend.
Q: What if I just want to arrive post ride and eat with you guys?
A: That would be good. Three hours after we start would be a good ETA for eating.