Friday, March 7, 2014
If you heard someone was traveling from Vermont to Maine for a bagel from Scratch Baking Co. you might thing they were a little nuts. Not that Scratch bagels aren't well worth a long trip but ... come on.
So what would you think if you heard a trio of guys were traveling from Vermont to Scratch by bike for those warm and chewy bagels?
Full blown crazy. But also reality.
Round about 6 a.m. on Saturday morning pro racer Ted King and friends Tim Johnson (pro cyclocross racer) and Ryan Kelly will head out from Burlington, Vt. and make there way through three states to eventually land at Scratch in South Portland about 12 hours later. They'll cover 200 miles and probably be pretty desperate for some carbs. Fortunately, Scratch owner Bob Johnson and his wife, Sonja, will be waiting with arms and the bakery door open.
The trio did the original 200 on 100 last year, traversing the length of Route 100 from Canada to Massachusetts. Check out the video they made (it went viral):
As soon as that was finished they started thinking about the 2.0 version.
"Someone plugged Burlington to Portland into Google maps and lo and behold it was just about 200 miles," King wrote in an email exchange. The trio will ride through some picturesque scenery, including the Kancamangus Highway. "Plus, both Burlington and Portland are really fun new England cities," King said.
Completing 200 miles in a day is no easy task, as any rider who has done a century will tell you. During last year's ride through "lumpy" Vermont, King said the trio averaged 21 mph.
"This year all three of us are considerably more fit and so I think we'll maintain at least that speed without much difficulty," he said. Areas that could slow them down include parts of the Kancamangus, Bear Notch and Hurricane Mountain Road near Conway, N.H.
The riders are expecting a gathering of friends and family for a barbecue once they arrive in SoPo (a big difference from last year's finish when they cleaned up in a river, got a pizza and then drove three hours home).
And in addition to just having a fun day riding for the adventure of it, they'll do some good for a couple worthwhile causes. Last year the crew sold T-shirts and raised $2,000 for those affected by the Vermont floods. This year the T-shirt money will go to victims of Colorado's fires and money will be collected during the barbecue (and matched by a donor) for Healthy Kids, Happy Kids of Portland.
If you see the guys along the roadways from Vermont to SoPo on Saturday, feel free to ride along for a bit, or to cheer them on, or to share some fuel in the form of food or drink. Or if you want to help in other ways, check out the website and buy a T-shirt. You're not going to find that "Dump Truck Full of Awesome" logo anywhere else.
Karen Beaudoin lives in Portland and is the web editor for PressHerald.com.
Her Pedal On blog offers info, events and advice for people who love their bikes more than, well ... almost anything.
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