I also wanted to post a bit of belated thanks to everyone who came out and braved the chilly weather to do this ride. Numbers were not huge, and we didn’t get to brag about riding in the snow, but everything went VERY smoothly, in this our first “Legit” Keg Ride. (City permits, insurance, marshals…)
Thanks to Lolly and Bike-Pgh for getting the word out, Mike and Marty at OTB for being our fantastic starting point hosts, Whole Foods for donating the eats, and everyone at the Flock for the on-ride support. I’d especially like to thank Seth from VO who nailed down every detail of this event for us so perfectly (including an improvised live-auction of the keg-pulling!), so that all I had to worry about was the beer.
We raised several hundred bucks for Southwinds in the process of having some good fun and getting people out on their bikes. So that’s just bonus.
Plus, we’ve now road-tested this new format, so we can more easily handle 1,000 riders or more in the Spring. And that Keg Ride is gonna be a DOOZY!!!
I had 7 miles in my head for this route, but I can see 5-6 being accurate.
Someone asked me why such a direct route this time, and that’s a good question, since we usually meander around quite a bit. Well, we originally had plans to trim a part of the hill by taking a route through CMU, but we couldn’t get the permissions in place for it.
Then once that side trip was removed, with possible rain/freezing rain/snow in the forecast, we thought a direct shot up 5th with a tightly bunched group would be the best, safest approach.