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Clemmons Bicycle NC 2008 Tour To Tanglewood MS Training Bike Ride Inline Skate

roadskater's picture
2008.07.26 8:15 am
2008.07.26 12:30 pm

Clemmons Bicycle was a bit weak on support near the end of last year's ride, with the last rest stop packing up and running out while people were still on the road, including a few cyclists behind us as I recall. I don't think it'll happen this year, and even if it does, I want to be there for what I believe is my favorite route among the T2T training rides. The 30-something mile ride is a really fine route with lots of great countryside, some sweet downhills and of course some ups to put the challenge in the legs as we get ready for the tour on some of the roads used in the tour. This is a good one, and the owners were new last year so I think they'll have it down this year. We get so spoiled at the T2T training rides...they're great, and the rest stop volunteers are so awesome almost every time that it is noteworthy if something ends up less than spectacular. I love this route!

T2T training rides welcome experienced roadskaters to join in, but if it's your first one, please talk with the MS Society staff, a Bike Response Team member (look for their jerseys!), or a Roadskater.net skater if you can before rolling out. Bikes are welcome too of course!

These are great FREE, extremely well-supported skateable bike rides to introduce you to the people and mission of Tour to Tanglewood, the great charity fundraiser for Multiple Sclerosis. There are no speeches...just a lot of friendly folk helping you get trained in case you decide you'd like to join us in September for the 10th Skateyloved Tour to Tanglewood.

  • Registration at 7:30 a.m.
  • Safety Talk at 8:15 a.m.
  • Roll out is at 8:30 a.m.


Clemmons Bicycle
2703 Lewisville Clemmons Rd
Clemmons, North Carolina
United States
Phone: (336) 766-5564‎
36° 1' 24.5892" N, 80° 22' 52.9248" W


eebee's picture

Hope you all had a good skride

Quick hi from sunny Poole, in the UK. I hope you guys had a great Clemmons training ride. Sorry I missed it. I am going to be doing a lot of walking :-)
roadskater's picture

Yes We Missed Ya

Too bad you're at the coast in the sun! Wish you could have been at the ride too. We would've had eight in our group then. Timv kept me company after Jack and northinsouth couldn't help but go fast. Amy, Mike (new to our group) and Andy took another route back. Clemmons is a great route, and the only thing would be to have some cups at the rest stops the bike shop runs, and to have Gatorade at the last stop because by then some people need some electrolytes and calories. Hate you had to miss this one! Have fun for all of us while you're over there in the UK.
andrewinnc's picture

We missed ya!

Thanks Elizabeth,the ride went very well. There were 7 of us that started together for 2/3s of the way and then we split off into 3 groups. The route had very good roads, marked well also, rest stop support was excellent. All in all I think everyone had a good time. Hope to see you back out there with us when you return. Enjoy sunny Poole!
timv's picture

I'll check in too

Great to see all of y'all out yesterday. It was a good and fairly mellow skate on a nice morning. I ran through a little patch of rain in the car near the airport while headed over to the event and was expecting the worst but never saw any more of that. It starting getting steamy over the final ten miles or so, but it remained bearable. This was my first time out on the roads this year and was happy to make 36 or 37, or 60 km, or whatever it was without undue distress. I felt pretty strong all the way to the finish, but I'm glad I didn't try to match Craig and Jack's pace on the way in. Unfortunately everyone else was gone by the time Blake and I made it back, and it seemed like we split up fairly early in the ride (although it must have been about 90 minutes in) so I didn't get to socialize much with everyone. Next time, I guess.
roadskater's picture

Timv, I agree it felt early...

Timv, I agree we split kind of early it felt, but the route forked for the 28 miler or whatever. It would've been nice to have all seven or four of us on the long route, but I'm not up to the kind of intensity Jack and northinsouth can do when not taking it easy! I'm sure you could have gone faster too and I appreciated the company. I was able to milk the downhills and did OK on the steeper ups (at a price), but those shallow uphills left me feeling way less efficient, landswimming or landpaddling as I was. This is ever the way when skating with eebee too on those gradual ups...her smooth balanced glide kills my chop chop chop. It was a nice time on the road, and even the rude fellow in the SPTUTY (sport utility) yellow Humvee (imagine the irony of a bright yellow "military" vehicle) as we returned to Clemmons left me unfazed. I can't always do it, but it was a "Love Reign O'er Me" (The Who) moment in my head and I didn't feel like being smarty or angry either one...just an "after you" gesture to which came the middle finger reply. Ha! That middle finger of his was kind of small and limp, it seemed, in the light of the good times in the sunshine after a nice cool and cloudy morning with friends, well-known and new.

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