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  • 29 Aug 2015 6:23 PM | Larry Preble

    Sunday's "Sink or Swim Century" and

    SPECIAL PARKING INSTRUCTIONS (at the end.)

    First of all, don't let the name scare you -- The name "Sink or Swim"

    doesn't mean it's a real killer of a century. It refers to the fact that you may take an optional swim on this ride. The route starts out of the little town of Westport in Oldham County, this Sunday.

    "Sink or Swim" has set attendance records over the years because it's such a beautiful route along low traffic creek and river roads with lunch at Welch's with a deck overlooking the Ohio River in Carrollton. This will be the 11th year I've offered this route. There's an opportunity for two swims, one up in Carrollton, and then back at Westport Park.

    This is Ride # 3027 on the www.kybikerides.org website. It is also Stage #17 for the Tour de Mad Dog Challenge.

    Directions:  From Louisville, go North on I-71 and take the LaGrange Exit, # 22. Turn left and follow Hwy 53 until the T-Intersection at 42. Turn Left again. About a mile down the road on the right is Hwy 524. Take that right turn and follow the road all the way to Westport. You will pass the Westport General store on the right. 524 becomes Main Street. Keep going straight on Main Street until you reach the Ohio River. That's Westport Park (and boat

    ramp.)

    Alternatively, you may get a Google map with turn-by-turn driving instructions from anywhere: Visit my website, www.kybikerides.org. Browse down to ride # 3027. Click on the Ride Start column (2nd column) to get a map and driving instructions to the start. 

    However, for the ride cue sheet and map, you should click on the ride number itself (1st column.) Click the route map to interact with it or to download a GPS route file.

    The last several years, the weather has been warm enough for a dip.  "Sink or Swim!" It's your choice. Check out this picture from 2005.

    http://splash.notlong.com

    SPECIAL PARKING INSTRUCTIONS:

    When the weather is good, we have occasionally seen as many as 60 riders.

    So, let's be a good neighbor to the other users of the Park. Westport Park is a boat launching area designed to park a truck and a boat trailer in each spot.  It can accommodate all of us; however, as a show of courtesy to other users of the park, please let's do our best to put two cars in each parking space. Slower riders should park first with faster riders parking in the same spot behind them. (You know who you are.) Carpooling and riding to the ride by bicycle is also encouraged.

    If you are capable of doing a century, you should come out for this one. As always, I will be cheerfully sweeping the back with no rider left behind.

    Regards,

    Larry


  • 21 Aug 2015 8:06 PM | Melissa Hall

    I have had a couple of requests for the GPS file and a few questions about the century.   Here is the route:  Hardinsburg Century

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Hardinsburg Century

    Lunch at Dutch Barn or Little Twirl in Lavonia; Store stops in Pekin and Salem -- 98.9 mi, +4087 ft. Starts in Scott, IN


    View on ridewithgps.com

    Preview by Yahoo


     


    .  I "think" the GPS file is accurate, but if you want to be 100 per cent certain, let me know and I will send you the cue sheet and you can plot it yourself.


    It is a nice ride with some climbs, one of which is fairly challenging.  Most of the ride is normally fairly low traffic.  As usual, you may run into dogs, obstacles, road closures, Amish buggies, occasional gravel, etc.   Seems like there is road construction everywhere this summer. Be prepared for the unexpected.  It is what makes rides memorable.  And as always, ride with some common sense. 


    Lunch is at the Mennonite Store.  Good sandwiches.  Usually not much of a wait, but hey, as soon as I say that it will be an extremely long wait.  Little Twirl should also be open though I have not eaten there for what seems eons.  I do have a vivid memory of Lucky, finger on top of his head, doing ballerina twirls in the parking lot of Little Twirl and of sitting and eating an ice cream cone the size of my head with Diesel Dog another ride;-)  Good times.


    This is NOT the ride with the killer steep hill that I have been known to call Betting Hill.  Yes, the hill is on the route, but we go down it, not up it on this century.  Of course, if you are masochistic and really are driven to do hill repeats, I will wait for you until I stop laughing.


    Let me know if you have any other questions.  Puddle
  • 19 Aug 2015 3:57 PM | Kirk Roggenkamp, Cathy Hill (Administrator)

    The Sneaky Hills ride is cancelled. 

  • 19 Aug 2015 5:57 AM | H. Michael Crawford

    Due to early and on/off storms my ride today is cancelled.

    Michael Crawford

  • 18 Aug 2015 8:59 PM | H. Michael Crawford

    My 40 mile ride from Graceland Baptist Church (near New Albany) tomorrow morning is ON.  Please check "ride updates" early in the morning.  If it's raining the ride will more than likely be cancelled.  PLEASE NOTE this ride does not have a store stop.  Please bring power bar or whatever which can be eaten at the turn around point in Deam Lake Park.

  • 06 Aug 2015 9:25 AM | percy black

    Due to rain an wet weather 

  • 05 Aug 2015 4:17 PM | Kirk Roggenkamp, Cathy Hill (Administrator)

    Rain and possible lightning thru 7pm in area

  • 04 Aug 2015 3:45 PM | Mark Rougeux (Administrator)

    Ride is moved EARLIER to 7:00am start, wheels roll at 7:15am.  Be prepared for heat, humidity, and hills! This is definitely NOT a flat stage, and you should be prepared for lots of rollers.

  • 21 Jul 2015 4:59 PM | Kirk Roggenkamp, Cathy Hill (Administrator)

    Ride is moved EARLIER to 7:00am start, wheels roll at 7:15am.  Be prepared for heat, humidity, and hills!

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