Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Video: NEOCycle MCPc Fundo - Sept. 13, 2015

The 2nd annual NEOCycle is now history. Although we weren't quite as lucky with the weather as we were for the first NEOCycle last year, there were still plenty of opportunities for cyclists of all ages and abilities to have a good time.

After hearing about what a great time the Night Ride was last year, my girlfriend and I decided to plan ahead, and we pre-registered for this year's Night Ride, as well as the MCPc Fundo.

Saturday afternoon came around, and with it came a steady rain. As the day wore on, rather than clear up, the rain continued even harder, so we decided not to bother leaving home for the event. From the reports I heard and saw, it looks like we made the right call.

Sunday morning, there were dark and threatening clouds, but the streets and the sky were dry, so we loaded up the bikes and headed up to Edgewater Park. The smooth check-in process (including picking up our t-shirts and lights from the Night Ride) went pretty quick, and we were soon off on the half-metric century route.

There were some pretty stiff winds out of the north coming off Lake Erie, but it stayed dry all day, and the sun came about about halfway into the ride, making for a beautiful day.

We thought that the route of the Fundo was a big improvement over last year's route. There were fewer left turn across traffic, and we avoided more of the major high-traffic areas, while still seeing a great cross-section of our wonderful city of Cleveland. This year's route also took better advantage of the city's growing bike infrastructure. The snacks at the rest stops were delicious, especially the smokies on the Morgana Run Trail in Slavic Village!

I took along my Garmin Virb Elite action camera, and set it to time-lapse mode for a record of the ride. Unfortunately, the battery died about two miles before the end of the ride. But, it gives you a good look at the overall character of the ride:

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Thanks to the Greater Cleveland Sports CommissionCleveland Metroparks, Bike Cleveland, and the scores of volunteers, exhibitors, and sponsors who all came together to make this event happen. Looking forward to NEOCycle 2016!

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