I’m just checking in with the gang to remind you that our June 22nd, 2013 Kanc Ride is two weeks away. Wow! It’s time to check up on your bike – tires, brakes, shifting, etc. You might want to have it checked by your local bike mechanic.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact me at email@example.com. This week is “National Question Week” for our ride. And yes, invite friends if you’d like; this is an open invitation event. The more the merrier! We simply want to be at the top of Kancamagus Pass at 11:30 AM, June 22nd with as many smiling Kanc’rs as possible. If anyone is trying to figure out how long it will take them to get from the Lincoln start to the top, I can help with that. I consider myself an expert in that category.
Logistics: If anyone has either an offering or a need in terms of transport to and fro Lincoln, let me know. Right now I know that there may be a couple people from the Beverly/Hamilton area looking for a ride back (not definite yet) so if someone has an interest and room for people on the ride home, let it be known. I’m sure that they would help with gas. An enjoyable aspect of this day on the Kanc, is that it’s a great way to meet new faces and to work together to make the day wholesome and pleasant (with a little suffering mixed in from the climb – albeit controlled suffering). It’s one of my favorite days of the year.
Josh Anthony and some others are thinking of combining the ride with some “warm-up” climbs to the west of Lincoln, probably on Rte.18 towards Warren, NH. They would probably do that and still either meet us at the top of the Kanc for our 11:30 Photo Op or at the Inn afterward. If you are interested, let Josh know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Last and not least - I’m trying to get an idea of how many are “Probables” for the day. I will soon be reserving a spot at the nearby Woodstock Inn and I need to give them an idea of how many we will have at the after-ride feast. Also, I am curious and interested in who is planning to be with us that day.
The 2013 Kanc Ride
Scheduled for Saturday, June 22nd
THE ITINERARY: We will meet at about 9:00 AM to 9:30 AM at the Hobo Hills Miniature Golf parking lot in Lincoln, NH, just east of Interstate Route 93 – Exit 32 to discuss logistics. Then riders can start the ride at individual times, gauging their starting time to allow their reaching the top at about 11:30 AM. Previous experience on this ride has shown that the average time for our group, which comprises significantly different riding strengths, is about an hour and a half. The climbing time ranges from approximately one to two hours. With everyone arriving at the summit at about the same time, we are able to share our accomplishments and the scenery (if we are blessed with good weather) together as a group. At that point we know that it’s all downhill from there and that the Woodstock Inn feast is at hand.
So the ride will start for the more “patient” riders at about 9:30 AM with the rabbits starting at about 10:30 AM depending on their pace; and will end back at Hobo Hills at about 1 PM.
We start the ride in Lincoln (Elevation 800′) and steadily climb for a little over 13 miles eastward at 4% to 9% grades to Kancamagus Pass (Elevation 2855′). There are many great vantage points along the way with lots of opportunities to enjoy the scenery if your head is up (that is why one would train a bit prior). The Kancamagus Highway is a designated American Scenic Highway and is known to be one of the most beautiful in the East.
POTENTIAL NEW “KANCRS”: If after reading this invitation, you are still curious about the ride and trying to decide whether to give it a “go”, don’t hesitate to call me at 1 (978) 927-8383 or e-mail me at email@example.com. It’s a great event for cycling enthusiasts of many levels of ability. This ride is not a race and is an inspiration to all who participate. In terms of negotiating the descent, all you need is a steady focus, a set of functioning brakes and an appetite for the post-ride feast at the Woodstock Inn.
We stay on the west side of the mountain (13.3 mile-long, 2000-foot vertical climb) to attain Kancamagus Pass. After spending some time at the summit rest area just east of the pass on the north side of the road, we then reverse direction and return to Lincoln. The logistics are quite simple by ascending and descending the same (west) side of the pass, starting in Lincoln and ended in Lincoln at the Hobo Hills Miniature Golf parking lot.
One of the most enjoyable aspects of the day is the encouragement that is shown toward each other. We share clothes, equipment and yes, we even switched bikes one year – - – whatever it takes to get everyone to the top.
If we have a warm day, we will visit the swim hole along the Pemigewasset River opposite the Woodstock Inn after the ride and before we feast at the Inn.
CONDITIONING: It is advised that you train for this event. The ride can be done without training; but, of course, it is wiser and more enjoyable if you perform some physical conditioning ahead of time. You will especially appreciate your prior preparation as you reach the steepest segment of the 13.3 mile ride in the last mile and a half of the ascent. Very clearly, it gets tougher as it goes.
SAFETY: In considering whether to participate, safety is an important issue. I consider this ride to be somewhat dangerous due to the steep descent. Some of the hazards are: 1) wiping out at fairly high speeds; the road is now in pretty good condition but is steep, sinuous and often bordered with either a guard rail or boulders; 2) for a good part of the ride, there is no paved shoulder, just two – 14′ wide lanes which means car traffic needs to be respected. On most previous Kanc rides, traffic has not been bad at all. The traffic issues can be handled by maintaining one’s focus, as well as controlling one’s speed (not a problem on the way up).
CLOTHING: Another important aspect of preparation deals with clothing. Many years ago, there were some cold riders on the descent due to the heavy rains on the way up, raw weather at the pass, and the wind chill during our descent. It is a good idea to bring along a good rain/wind jacket just in case – - -. Don’t forget water and sunscreen (wishful thinking), as well as sunglasses, a bathing suit, and a towel.
LOGISTICS: Please let me know of any needed travel assistance beforehand. There is always the opportunity for sharing transportation to and from Lincoln. If a friend or family member is interested in taking some photos and/or being a support car, that would be great – just let me know. It gives some riders who are “on the fence” about whether they want to try the Kanc Ride more comfort knowing that there is a support car along the way to provide assistance if needed. It would also allow for an alternative way down for those who just want to do the ascent on their bikes.
COMMUNICATIONS & UPDATES: I will be using my Gmail e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for this event and would really like to know if you’re planning on joining us. However, keep in mind that a commitment is not necessary. Bottom line — if you’re going for it – - – be at Hobo Hills in Lincoln Saturday morning about 45 minutes prior to starting your ride. Remember that the climb takes anywhere from 1 to 2 hours depending on your ability, and that we are all aiming to arrive at the summit at 11:30 AM. Feel free to use my work address,Joseph.Anthony@Jacobs.com if you would like to check in early that morning on our way to Lincoln or after the ride.
If the weather is “iffy”, I will decide whether it is a “go” at about 7 PM the evening before the ride. At that time, an e-mail will be sent out with the “Go/No/Go” decision to those who have notified me prior. If you don’t have e-mail, and/or can’t find access to e-mail at that time of the evening, then you can call me or text me between 7 PM and 9 PM at 1 (617) 901-2350 cell #.
For anyone coming from afar, I will issue a preliminary indication of whether we are a “go” and send an e-mail out on the Thursday evening prior so that you can determine whether to make the trip.
RAIN DATE: It is very unlikely that the ride will be postponed. However, if the ride is in fact postponed due to weather, the rain date will be the next day, same time.