Date: June 14th, 2015
Race: Iron Tour
Location: Phoenixville, PA
Rider(s): Teresa DiSessa-Johnson, Alli McCabe, Audrey Wendowloski andHonorary Riptide Rider Darin
The Iron Tour is an annual Fondo that benefits the French and Pickering Creeks Conservation Trust which helps maintain and preserve the beautiful land in and around Chester County, PA. On Sunday June 14th, thousands of riders, recreational and racers alike, gathered to help support this cause by riding predesignated course ranging from 11 miles to 100+ miles; riders Teresa, Allie, Danielle, Audrey, and honorary Riptide Rider Darin were among the crowd. While previous commitments restricted Audrey to the 50 mile course, the others set out to tackle the 102 mile Gran Fondo.
The course looped around beautiful rolling terrain with clear skies. Armed with plenty of Osmo and Honey Stinger, the Riptide crew set off at a steady pace. Five rest stops were established throughout 100+ mile course allowing riders to rehydrate and refresh for a minute before setting back out, the first being just after 21 miles. Making it a quick stop, Allie, Teresa, Darrin, and Danielle set out again for the next 20 miles.
Still going strong with a steady pace, it wasn’t until around 50 miles when the crew encountered a technical problem – one of the many hills was no match for Danielle’s rear tire! Thankfully, the flat was fixed in no time at all (thank you Darrin!) and everyone was off to the next rest stop at 60+ miles to refill water and grab a snack.
The last 30 miles began to seem much harder. Temperatures soared to 98 and at times, feeling much higher. With enough water to continue and snacks to sustain, the group decided to forego the fourth rest stop and pedaled on. Now only 20 miles to go, each rider felt some sort of wall at some point. But they kept on and were soon reached the last rest stop at 91+ miles. Taking impressive determination and strength, the Riptide Crew crossed the finish line completing 102 miles and 7,000 ft of climbing in about 6.5 hours!
All in all, it was a beautiful day and a first for many – success!