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2013 Crotona Midnight Run – CANCELLED

2013 Crotona Midnight Run – CANCELLED

2013 Crotona Midnight Run CancelledI got an email from Dick at Ramapo MC. Tonight’s Crotona Midnight Run event has been cancelled.

Weather conditions along the course are calling for a mix of snow, rain and cold temperatures making things dangerous both for the riders and the Ramapo club members who man the course along the way.

I hope that Dick isn’t too hard on himself. I know canceling was a tough decision. Better to be safe than sorry.

 

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Crotona Midnight Run: The Ritual of Watching the Weather

Crotona Midnight Run: The Ritual of Watching the Weather

The 2013 Crotona Midnight Run is scheduled for Saturday – February 23rd. For the last 48 hours I have been rapt by the yearly ritual of watching the weather as that day draws closer.

 

Crotona Midnight Run Weather Forecast

By the look of the forecast for Saturday into Sunday – things aren’t shaping up so good. The temperatures are fine but a 70% chance of snow/rain? Eh, not so much.

Tiger – Patrol

The other thing that I’ve been wrestling with is what to ride. I really, really (really) want to ride the Tiger. But, if I were to take the Ural weather wouldn’t be as much of a concern.

Why the dilemma? It is entirely because of ride to and from the event start/finish in Yonkers. That is about a 75 mile slab ride from where I live.

Knowing how I tired I’ve felt in years past when the ride is over at 6:00 am, I just want to get home as fast as I can. With the Ural, as fast as I can… isn’t very fast.

But, then again the idea of riding home on the slab in a wintry mix after being up all night on any bike doesn’t sounds so good. Not to mention it might snow all through the actual event.

I wonder if Ramapo MC will reschedule or cancel on account of the weather? They have done that in the past. I guess we’ll know soon enough.

In the meantime ~ my dear friend Bill has been encouraging Kenny to put a boot on my bike to keep me from doing something stupid. How laughable. Clearly they both underestimates the power of my stupidity! 😉

 

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Save the Date: 2013 Crotona Midnight Run

Save the Date: 2013 Crotona Midnight Run

How exciting! The date for the 95th Crotona Midnight Run was announced early this year by the Ramapo Motorcycle Club.

Pray for a heatwave!

Crotona Midnight Run 2013

What Is the Crotona Midnight Run?

The Crotona is a timed road ride in which participants must sustain moving at 30mph over a course of 120 miles, without the aid of GPS. Sounds easy enough, right? But the cold of February and the dark of the middle of the night keeps things interesting.

The full course is divided into two 60 mile legs, with a 2 hour layover at the halfway mark. The ride starts at midnight, with riders being released 1 every minute.

Throughout the course are random checkpoints, logging your arrival time. You start the ride with a bank of 1,000 points. Points are then deducted from your score (or not) based on what time you arrive at the checkpoints along the route. You must make all checkpoints or you will be a DNF.

The fuzz at the 2012 Crotona Midnight Run

I completely nicked this picture of me at the 2012 Crotona from the Ramapo MC Facebook page. I really like how it highlights how dorky I am. I realized later on that the writing on the front of my hat, which says “AMSTERDAM” proudly displayed “TERD” across my forehead.

Sweet.

You might want to “like” the gang at Ramapo on the ole Facebook. They have some pretty nice events throughout the year.

Will I see you at the start this year?

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It’s the Night of the Big Dance – The 94th Crotona Midnight Run

It’s the Night of the Big Dance – The 94th Crotona Midnight Run

Crotona Midnight Run FlyerThis morning I am buzzing around with my hair on fire because I’m excited about tonights Crotona Midnight Run.

I’ve got the usual jitters about making the wrong turn right out of the gate, not being able to follow the route and cocking up royally. But as soon as I pull in to the lot and sign my name on the entry form – I’m hoping that will all go away.

It will be good to see some the other riders and the nice folks at Ramapo Motorcycle Club who stand outside freezing all night checking the riders in.

I’ve got my gear laid out, double checked that my warm long socks are clean, I have a spare fleece ready to tuck into my sidebag. I just need to affix my reading light and I’m ready to roll!

Can’t wait!

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