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.
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!
How exciting! The date for the 95th Crotona Midnight Run was announced early this year by the Ramapo Motorcycle Club.
Pray for a heatwave!
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.
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.
You might want to “like” the gang at Ramapo on the ole Facebook. They have some pretty nice events throughout the year.
The top 3 finishers for this years Crotona Midnight Run in both the Expert and Novice categories have been posted online for the better part of a week. But today… today the results for the rest of us little people came in the mail
Along with the results came the coveted CMR finishers medallion.
Do you smell that? That my friends, is the smell of victory.
By the looks of things (unless i’m reading the scores wrong), I squeaked out a finish in the overall top 10. I didn’t do so great on points. I came away with only 972. But that was enough to put me in at the number 9 spot overall. Can’t complain about that.
High Point Overall
1st Place Expert
Bob & Beverly Bendix
2nd Place Expert
3rd Place Expert
1st Place Novice
2nd Place Novice
3rd Place Novice
Great Job, Guys!
Again, big thanks to Ramapo MC for a fun night out. Can’t wait for next year!