We did it!
Sunrise in Babylon
We got up at 2:30 am, smeared peanut butter on bagels outside the Barclay’s Center, boarded a minivan to Babylon, Long Island, and proceeded to ride our bikes 108 miles to the end of the line. It was Saturday, May 21: the Montauk Century 2016.
Known to some nipple balm endorsers who shall remain nameless as “an old man’s ride,” this hundred-ish mile pedal-fest to the tip of Long Island has been happening in some form since 1964 (and I’ll have everyone know we only overheard one conversation that referenced “taking fiber”). Seeing as how I got just about all the physical exertion I can imagine wanting in one day from this experience, I say you can take your longer, hillier, spicier, juvenile delinquent-age rides and go ride them yourself, hot shot.
Signage to make your heart sing, courtesy of legendary organizer Glen Goldstein
Andy and Arthur lookin’ fly at the start
As for Jonathan, Andy, Arthur, and I, we soaked in the sights as we made our way eastward, sights that included:
- Potato fields
- Mother goose and fuzzy baby geese!
- Signs offering free mulch and mulch at a price
- Guys in full spandex with beer guts passing us
- Mansion-dwellers getting their new Lamborghini (or something) delivered off a semi truck whose hubcaps were decked out with six-inch chrome spikes
- One or more of us belting out Twisted Sister lyrics to keep the energy up
To be honest, much of it is already a blur. The hypnotic effect of spinning mile after mile, enveloped by the twelve-foot-high, super-coiffed hedges of Amagansett, Water Mill, and Southampton turned much of the day into one great green undulation. Even at the 50-mile rest stop, we were getting pretty dopey!
We’re not even halfway there yet?! Should I laugh or cry…
But when we pedaled through to the finish line—which on this posh ride meant beer, massages, ice cream, and a mobile shower unit—the stiff knees and sore bum readily gave way to excellent new feelings of accomplishment, relief, and the various chemical buzzings that result when you put things like beer and ice cream into your body. Ahh!
Would I do another one? Sure. Would I use the free sample of chamois cream next time? Maybe.