Last year, I started reading the blog Fat Cyclist. The story of Fat Cyclist is an interesting one that you can read about there. When I was reading his blog, I happened upon an event that he organizes every year. It is called “100 Miles of Nowhere”. The idea is simple, use your trainer, rollers or a short loop around the block and ride 100 miles of it. How perfect and brilliant: see the same scenery for a ridiculously long time. This is just the kind of thing that mentally unstable cyclists love. Normally we would ride a century because it is fun and goes someplace nice. Not this one. It goes literally nowhere. Now, when I first read about this event it had already passed. I remembered it, and thought that I for sure wanted to do it in 2010. It just so happens that Fatty has recently announced that the 100 Miles of Nowhere season is upon us. Things only get better from here…
The people that take part in this event come up with all kinds of creative ways to spend 100 miles. Any number of “styles” if you will. I have recently been doing a lot of group rides with the SFVBC, and I thought to myself, “How fun would it be to do the 100 Miles of Nowhere as a group ride?” I solicited a couple friends, and on May 8th we are going to ride a .9 mile loop until the cyclocomputer reads 100 miles.
For those of you who are reading this and aren’t in the 91343 zip code, you too can ride 100 miles of nowhere. All you need is a bike and the will to spend many hours in complete and utter amazement at your willingness to indulge in self-punishment. Registration begins on Monday March 22nd. There are only 500 spots available, so act quickly. My favorite part of this event is all the profits go straight to the Lance Armstrong Foundation. You also get a great goodie bag.
I will be talking more about our plans for this event as the date draws near. I have to collect a final list of everyone who will be taking part in the Ride & Ruckus group ride.