I hope people also enjoyed some of the new trails we incorporated this year. Given the mild winter, it's been really fun exploring and finding some previously unknown gems and we were happy to share them with everyone.
On to the thank you's
- Washington Square Tavern: For the third straight year Gerry has opened his restaurant to us all. Huge thanks to him and his staff for tolerating the chaos that we cyclists bring.
- Chip Baker and Matt Aumiller (he doesn't live on the internet, apparently): These two helped scout and mark the course, drum up excitement, round up raffle items, and then crushed it with their teammates. They were just as big a part of the preparation as I was and without them, this event does not happen.
- Cafe Fixe: They were kind enough to donate the coffee to help everyone start off as caffeinated as possible. Plus, the owner is in to bikes and a great starting point for various weekend group rides. Thanks Fixe!
- Hammer Nutrition: We reached out to Hammer to see if they'd donate some products for the event. They went above and beyond, donating a ton of gels, Heed energy drink, and electrolyte tabs. Hopefully every team was able to make use of their allotment. Judging by the speeds, I'm pretty sure the gels helped keep people moving despite the heat.
- 47 brand: Last year they invented the Ronde branding and made some sweet hats. This year they raised the bar with new designs. Bob and Ryan also made the awesome blue Zanconato hats that I've been proudly wearing/sharing the last few years.
- Lazer: They came through with some great jerseys, a belt, shirts, hats, and glasses for the raffle. Plus they protect my head every time I get on my bike.
- Ride Studio Cafe: Coffee tastings, free coffee cards, race day tune ups, all kinds of good stuff from the folks in Lexington Center.
- MM Racing: Matt and Mo are corner stones of NECX so it is always an honor to have them at the Ronde. They showed up to race, no doubt about it, but they also brought great raffle items including a set of brand new Grifo tubular tires and a special edition Cat Eye wireless computer.
- Newbury Comics: I didn't get to inspect the Newbury raffle bags, but judging from year's past, Roger's crew always adds great stuff.
- Derek Griggs: Derek donated a really sweet Ortlieb backpack and some Ryder sunglasses. Thanks Derek, but I wish I had won that bag!
- Mad Alchemy: Pete makes the best stuff on the planet, bar none. AND, he gives generously to NECX. Thanks for the sparkle Pete! Oh, and those socks, man I love those socks.
- Strava: There are still prizes to be awarded thanks to the folks at Strava. Make sure you get your ride info uploaded by Tuesday (4/17). The fastest male and female riders on the railroad tracks and on the dirt Lincoln Road will win 6 month premium subscriptions.
- Firefly: Thanks for the sweet t-shirts and high end water bottles. And, did anyone else notice the Di2 road/cx machine Jamie was riding? So trick and probably perfect for the course on Sunday.
- Cyclocrossworld/Todd Prekaski: I'm not so sure my mom loves cyclocross but the t-shirts from these guys were appreciated
So what does this all mean? How about $2200 for Bikes Not Bombs!!!
Also, I'd really like to hear from all of you that took part. Post your recaps, links to pictures, or links to your story in the comments. How many flats did you have? How many derailleurs did you lose? How many wrong turns did you make? What was your favorite part of the course?