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Tom
07-10-2006, 06:46 AM
I got to ride 100 miles with my brother Theo and his wife Andi and my other brother Victor started the 50 with us. It was great. The whole thing raised over a million bucks for the Norris Cotton cancer center at Dartmouth Medical School. Not bad, considering this was the 25th and numbers 1-23 totalled a million dollars! I've done charity centuries before but this is the first time I've done one with a personal connection, being a survivor and with two other brothers survivors. My brother Pat just went through Norris Cotton, finishing up with an autologous bone marrow transplant. Now I see why you guys like to do the Pan-Mass so much, it was this huge rolling celebration of being alive. That sounds pretty frigging Hallmark Cards cliche but it really was like that.

Our group was "Team Gene Gnome", sort of associated with Victor's lab at DMT. The group raised more than its goal, in part because relatives and spouses would look at the numbers and get all competitive about who had more pledges!

The route was beautiful, we even saw a loon in a big pond at one point. We rode very slowly and looked around. I hate to admit it was hard to let fast groups go by without tacking on but that wasn't the point of the day. At one point the three of us did pull a group of about 15 others, we three rotated pulls at the front and that was a lot of fun.

Central New Hampshire and the upper Connecticut River valley are really beautiful. It stopped raining this week so haying season has started and it smelled wonderful.

We spent a lot of time stopped at aid stations getting water, it heated up pretty good since I showed up late (slept late and then the local gendarme in North Haverhill flashed his rollers at me as I bombed through town - the fear of somebody actually enforcing the law kept me near the speed limit the rest of the way to Hanover...) and we started later than we ought to have. My Dad, Karen and a couple of my sisters made a day of wandering around together, meeting us on the road and stopping here and there to shop or whatever. It was cool seeing my Dad at the top of hills here and there, he works too much.

Our good luck held to the finish, my brother's front axle starting making the most amazing noises with about 20 miles to go. We figured the bearings on the right side had chewed themselves to bits because if he put his weight on the left side it went quiet. When we finished, he lifted his bike and gave the front wheel a spin. It went around about twice and stopped. Yow.

Anybody else around here ride the thing? I'm definitely going back next year.

Tracer
07-10-2006, 09:57 AM
I rode it for the first time on Saturday and I thought it was a great event. I rode the 100 miler with one of my good friends and another couple who I just met and the four of us really jelled well on the ride. I didn't see any forum jerseys out there, but I did see a really nice DKS and Ottrott at one of the sags.

The best part of the ride was seeing all the people riding with "SURVIVOR" on their numbers.

It was a great day.

Chris

tv_vt
07-10-2006, 10:12 AM
Hi-

Cool to see this post this morning. I live 2 miles from Hanover, NH - the starting point for the Prouty (which is named after a nurse, Audrey Prouty, who died of cancer 25 years ago). I've ridden it many times. The last 4 or 5 with a buddy who survived prostate cancer. And then this year and last thinking of my wife who dealt with breast cancer last summer. She did the 50 mile ride this year. I rode with her to the 20 mile sag, and then I took the 100 mile route with some Killington-Pico Cycling Club buddies - many on their Serottas, and she went on with a friend to do the 50. She is the total babe!

I read there were over 1000 first-time participants this year. Awesome. And the fundraising was incredible - over 1.2 million dollars raised.

One of my buddies, Bob Gilmore, a 4-time cancer survivor - and another Serotta owner, has been very involved with the Prouty. Last fall, he rode the Tour of Hope with Lance. He auctioned off a Tour of Hope jersey at the Prouty Saturday, signed by Lance.

It's a great event. Thanks to those of you who rode. It is also just so awesome to see so many cyclists take over the road for the day! What a sight.

Thom
Norwich, VT

VeloSlug
07-10-2006, 12:59 PM
Great for you guys on the Prouty ride!

Yesterday, I rode the second annual "Tour de Paws," a metric century to benefit the Second Chance Animal Shelter in Shaftsbury, Vermont.

Spectacular route starting in Manchester, super volunteers (who didn't mind if you wanted to go off course for more miles) and one of the best post-ride picnics I've seen.

Could be a good recovery ride for you Prouty riders next year, yo.

martianbait
07-10-2006, 03:18 PM
Wow. Great reviews! I wanted to sign up for the Prouty, but personal commitments and visiting family kept me from doing so. It would have been my first time. I look forward to riding next year! :D