This is the Ride You Have Been Waiting For
It might be damn near impossible to remember the name (or even say it correctly), but the Lu Lacka Wyco Hundo is an event you should probably mark down on your calendar if you are anywhere near the mid-Atlantic in April. Boasting 10,000 feet of climbing over approximately 100 miles of mostly unpaved roads, this is the definition of a true mile by mile gravel-grinder. This year's ride (not sure if it is year 2 or 3) will also feature 2 shorter versions clocking in around 50 and 75 miles each. While I haven't done the ride myself, the scenery is said to be pretty spectacular and its only a little over 2 hours outside of NYC. The LLWH's scheduled date of April 13 means a big roll of the dice in terms of the weather, but in the spirit of toughness does not have a rain date. Regardless of the conditions, its going to go down in mid-April. Think of it as extreme motivation for early-season training.
I am planning on at least doing the 75 miler and if I can get some serious time in the saddle before the ride might even shoot for the full century. I'm looking at this as a good challenge to force me into getting out earlier and more often than I normally would in the pre-spring months. This is not going to be an easy day in the saddle, but the hard ones are always the most fun. (no time here for further discussions on the inherent masochism of cycling). Anyway, I would love to have some fellow Pedal Pushers to roll with, so if you are interested, please hit me up. We can even get you hooked up in a PPC kit.
My advice is to check out the website and FAQs before you register, because as Founder/Organizer Pat Engleman says, "this ain't no charity ride." Support and services are limited and while this isn't a race or a super-fast ride, it certainly doesn't sound like its for everyone.
Registration for the ride is available at:
https://www.bikereg.com/Net/lu-lacka-wyco-hundo-2014 Its only $30, and participation is capped at 300 riders.
More info is at the event's website: http://lulackawycohundo.com/