On the ride down we stopped at Grady’s Truck Stop & Grill in Metter, GA for a quick break.
|Grady's Truck Stop and Grill|
|The Bicycle Link|
Parking was valet only at the Hampton Inn, so unpacking (and later re-packing) was an exercise in the efficient use of the coveted luggage cart. The Doziers, Talbotts, and Farmers were on the same floor at the Hampton Inn. It should be noted that a hotel room at the corner of Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. and W Montgomery Avenue/GA-25 has a nice view of the street but is not the place to get a good night's sleep. The drag racing starts at around midnight and doesn’t end until after 3am. Poolside would be a better room location.
|The view from the Hampton Inn and Suites|
|The Simmons Family|
|Joel with "Poppa's Petelon"|
Sunday morning arrived with better than expected weather. The sky was completely clear and the temperature was in the low 70’s. After a quick breakfast the group suited and headed to the starting line at around 7:30am for the 8am start. Riders were already starting to gather at The Distillery.
|Carlos, Peto, Neil and Mike in the hotel lobby on Sunday morning|
|The Southern Crescent Cycling Crew|
The first member off the back of the peleton was Neil. He just wasn’t feeling it! Everyone else stayed with the peleton until either the 50 mile point, where Bill succumbed to cramps or the 80 to 90 mile point where all but Peto, Carlos and Jorge were casted out. All except for Angel who almost missed the mass start and never was able to recover after a flat tubular tire only 17 miles into the course. We were all much better prepared for this century than the Wilson 100 the week before. All of us were loaded down with four or more water bottles, gel packs, electrolyte supplement tablets, bananas, and more. This was going to be a nonstop sub-4 hour century but that wasn’t to be. Peto finished second in 4 hours and 10 minutes. He was right behind a rider who somehow was able to rejoin the peleton several times with the aid of a SAG vehicle. No, the rider wasn’t drafting behind the vehicle. He and his bike were all loaded up comfy and cozy in the back of a van, hatch open, speeding through the back roads of Georgia to somewhere just beyond the peleton. That’s taking SAG support to its limits. Carlos finished in 4 hours and 11 minutes. Jorge finished up front in the mix somewhere with Carlos and Peto. Everyone else finished somewhere after them.
|The first riders to finish the century|
We ate dinner at Tubby’s at the River Street Inn on Sunday night. The whole of River Street was abuzz with people enjoying the Labor Day weekend. So much so that it took us almost an hour to decide where we’d eat and another 45 minutes to get a table for thirteen.
Susan and I offer our condolences to Junior and Johanna Diaz on the passing of Johanna’s grandmother. They received the sad news as we all waited at The Distillery for more riders to finish the century.
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|2012 Savannah Century|