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Newsletter Current Issue: October 2017

BCLC CLub President Dennis Mumm comments on his latest FUNTURY ride! 

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One of my favorite events of the year is “in the books” for another year. We hosted our 2017 Funtury on September 3, 2017. For those not in the know, the Funtury is short for fun century ride. This was started six years ago when Lupe Gallardo from the Grayslake Running Club (GRC) approached me about leading a century ride for some cross training for their runners. The goal was to make an easy and fun 100 miles. Thus the Funtury was born.

Because of where we live the easy part of the century isn’t too hard to plan. We have an abundant number of roads and paved trails in our area. The trick is ending as close to 100 miles without going too far over. My first attempt this year ended up at 124 miles. Thanks to the help of Donald Mahan and Rich Gordon over the years we have managed to create safe and easy routes each year. Some may deny that the ride to Lake Geneva a few years ago was very easy but it was extremely fun.

The “Fun” part of the ride is always more challenging. I stole a part of RAGBRAI lore to help achieve this. I’ve always looked at RAGBRAI not as a 450-500 mile week long ride but as a series of 15-20 mile rides from one pass through town to the next. Riding for 60-90 minutes at a time is something most riders do frequently. The challenge is to do 5-6 of those short rides in one day. For century “virgins” the idea of riding 100 miles is very intimidating. If you break it down into shorter sections it becomes manageable. My challenge is finding fun and unique rest stops close enough to keep everyone enthused. I try to find new spots not part of our usual stops. Mom & Pop owned shops are my favorites. This year Elsie Mae’s in Kenosha was hands down the sweetest stop. Not just for the homemade pies, ice cream, chocolate and craft sodas, but it was also the last stop within 20 miles of the finish! Over the years we have visited apple orchards, bakeries, candy shops, dive bars, microbreweries & mushroom ranches as an example.

The other part of the “fun” side is keeping it a casual, social group ride. Therefore I usually don’t give out cue sheets or route maps. It is a game of “Follow the Leader”. We travel as fast as our slowest rider. This is usually slower than most century riders usually do and we tend to adjust our pace throughout the day but it makes it easy and achievable. One of my most enjoyable moments this year was when we rode under a “94” overpass. I could hear 16 different conversations going on at one time. The most important thing in fun is “u”. Come join us next year.

 

 

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