Rapha Festive 500 2011 | Day 8 | 90.5 Miles

Another early start. #festive500 #day8

My last day of the Rapha Festive 500 started early, the earliest actually.  I rolled out at 4:30!

I headed down Gulf Blvd to meet up with my new Largo riding bud Craig of Outspokin Bikes.

We had an easy spin down the key and back with one of his coworkers on a Di2 Ultegra equipped Giant.

Guten Morgen

My last Florida sunrise of 2011 was great.  We had 40+ miles behind us by 7:30.

We headed back towards Largo to meet up with a Ride’n’Roll group. I snuck an espresso in.

Cheers guys. #festive500

This ride was usually was supposed to add up to around 60 miles.

I was stoked to be maybe wrap up the contest with a century.

Northbound

Below I ran into a fellow Rapha-wearer, Lane, who’s daughter gave him his jersey.

She is studying abroad in Holland.  His PRO team bibs are the favorite bibs he owns.

@rapharacing PRO team bibs & jersey from his daughter studying abroad in Holland! #festive500

Here’s a shot of the group.  We were barely up to tempo and buddy in the back is feelin the burn!

Dude on the back is hurtin. #rapha500

The fog was starting to burn off. I caught a glimpse of it here.  Reminds me of one of Stefan’s ; )

Fog

Another ‘instragram’ of the group after a sprint.

2 of 2 groups this AM

I also spied this Ti Serotta.  His third, after two steel Serottas he upgraded to titanium.

Those bullet holes aren’t real but I wouldn’t put it past these horrendous Florida motorists.

Smokin Ti Serrotta #festive500

Another new friend I made this trip, John Holmes, snapped these two shots of me and Adam.

The funny thing here, besides Adam making me look skinnier than I am…

Is that his son is actually allergic to pistachios.

Needless to say, his wife did not wholly approve of his kit but paired with hi-viz Oakleys, it looks good!

Hi-viz specs club. And may my arms look small club. ; ) photo by John Holmes

I peeled off from the group early to get home and ride with my family to the beach.

That put me 10 shy of a century and at 53rd place.

We’ll see if I have the time and motivation to rank higher next year.

Kristian & Stefan set the bar pretty high!

My doo doo man & me!

Photos from all 8 days are here and strava details here.

I enjoyed logging all of these miles and would like to thank my family for wrangling Otto in the AMs,

Rapha for the clever idea to get 3k+ people out and riding and John Prolly for the props!

10 shy of a century. Let's see if the day ends with me still in the top 100. #festive500