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Monday, June 16, 2008

Weekend Report: Ohel Ride Version

1. OOS and I did the first annual Ohel Bikeathon on Sunday morning. The 50-miler started on the south shore and went north and then back south. It was pretty easy and relatively flat and OOS and I hammered it. We rode in the lead group of about a dozen guys that, in the last 13 miles, broke in two, and we ended up in the lead group of 5.

Considering the fact that, initially, none of the organizers at Ohel had any experience organizing a bike ride, the ride went quite smoothly. They also ran a ten miler and a 25 miler that were also well done and well received. All in all there were over 200 registered riders; a very good showing for a first time event.

I, and a couple of other experienced riders, got involved somewhat late in the process to give some guidance. My main message was that this year was an investment in the future. The main thing was to get the logistics right so people would have a positive experience. Good experiences lead to return riders and great word of mouth. This was accomplished.

I tip my hat to the Ohel organizers because they were very open to our suggestions, did not have any ego about the event, and really adjusted on the fly. (The final 50 mile route was settled until Wednesday evening. The street markings were painted at 4 a.m. on Thursday!).

Next year should be even better as we hope to add a metric century (62 miles) that should be much more difficult than the 50 miler.

2. MHW and I went to a bar mitzvah of the son of neighbors whose kids go to a different school from ours. It was like a time warp back to the days (pre-95) when our kids went to that school. It's amazing how, as a general rule, there is a different mehalech for the simchas of different schools.

3. Despite promising to stay up for last night's Celtics game, I was sleeping shortly after half-time. I assumed, correctly, that the Lakers would prevail at home and, since I had done the 50 miler and hadn't napped, I was beat. Good call. My only problem is that I have an early breakfast on Wednesday and have to daven vasikin (which starts at 4:58 a.m.). Yikes.

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  • At 1:03 PM, Blogger rescue37 said…

    I rode the 25 mile route and basically agree with you assessment, other than it would have been nice if there were markings for the 25 mile route. They started off with a lead rider who was riding so slow we had enough after a mile and had to go forward on our own. the first and last 6 miles were on roads and it was not easy reading the directions with turns every 1/2 mile or so and to keep riding at a decent pace. We started with about 4 of us upfront and split up into 2 on the way back. We both ended up having to ride Merrick avenue back, as the directions were not clear enough for us to go the way they intended. It was only about a mile to a mile and a half on the road, but it was pretty busy and probably not the best route.
    Overall, I think a fun time was had by all.

  • At 2:46 PM, Blogger MoChassid said…

    rescue 37

    thanks for the feedback.

  • At 2:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Whatever you say MOC.

    But those who are religiously honest recognize there's little difference between the children who attend either the "old" or "new" school. As someone once aptly put it -

    Dads from both schools have no qualms about taking their high school age sons to Las Vegas where they both frequent the casinos and watch the risque shows. The only difference being fathers from the "new" school insist that their sons wake up for morning minyan.

    If you're searching for differences perhaps you ought to compare the "new" school with those located west of 878.

  • At 3:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Hey MOC, in Friday's post you said the Celtics would clinch the ttle in Sunday's game 5. Now that game 5 is history, you claim that you knew the Lakers would win it.

    While this matters little in the scheme of things, it reveals much about what a fraud you really are.

  • At 9:40 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    i guess game 6 won out over Vasikin huh? Congrats!

  • At 10:11 AM, Blogger MoChassid said…

    anon 3:10

    I am a total fraud.

    anon 9:40

    No. L'maisa, my meeting was rescheduled to 8:30 (not by me) so I was able to learn with OOS at 5:45 and go to the 6:30 minyan. And, thank you.


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