Beyond the Century with John Bayley and Pamela Blalock
The cyclists have spoken: March 20th, the first day of spring after a harsh winter, is not too early to be thinking about riding over 100 miles on bike. We had an incredible turnout for John Bayley and Pamela Blalock's talk entitled Beyond the Century, an evening co-sponsored by The Charles River Wheelmen (CRW).
To ask John and Pamela to share their 30+ years and hundreds of thousands of miles of cycling experience in 1 hour and 15 minutes isn't a fair question. They did a terrific job of presenting a lot of information and, even better, they've written a lot that really goes into many nuances of being prepared for, and executing, a very long ride.
Here is a summary of resources they've made available to you and other events mentioned throughout the evening.
As John and Pamela emphasized, long rides are just a series of shorter rides strung together. It's possible for anyone with any level of experience and almost any bicycle that works well. And, maybe as they did, you'll find it fun (and addicting), and then the mileage just seems to add up naturally.
John and Pamela had a slideshow running on the screen before their presentation. Check out their photos taken on some of their many long adventures in many incredible places.
The Slideshow Photos
Countless people have told us how they are students of these two. Much of this is due to how they try practically every setup, almost all of the equipment there is, and test everything in all weather, on all terrain.
They wrote a very detailed blog post to supplement their talk. Check it out:
Beyond the Century: What's the right bike?
and the slides they spoke to are here, in PDF format:
Beyond the Century Slides
People who were introduced during the evening were:
Dan Greene: President of New England Randonneurs, NER (Website: nerandonneurs.org where you'll find many long rides for people of all abilities/speeds)
Jake Kassen, Regional Brevet Administrator for NER
Jon Doyle - Membership coordinator for NER
Emily O'Brien - Dill Pickle Gear and fixed-gear bike endurance rider
Eli Post from CRW. Note the many organized (and long) rides CRW hosts including their Spring Century on May 18th. CRW Rides Calendar.
Matt Roy (endurance rider and John Bayley's RSC Endurance teammate) of mmracing - He announced their End of Season Party and Raffle for a great cause - win a new Seven Cycles full bike, Honey All Roads frameset, fork, and stem among other great prizes.
Many Thanks To: Mark McMinn of LexMedia - He video recorded the presentation and we will post the link here when it's available online.
Want to ride from here to Mt Greylock and sleep at the top of this beautiful mountain? Consider our Highpoint Ride coming up in August!
Like riding long and on dirt, too? Honey Bikes' 2014 calendar is awesome.
Thanks to all who showed up for the talk. We're looking forward to going on many long rides with you this year!