Since 2010, the Festive 500 has challenged cyclists to ride a total of 500km on the eight days between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. Once again we invite you to join tens of thousands of riders in testing yourself on the bike over the holidays as part of this growing festive tradition."
The 24th I rode 180 km, the day started at 40 F @ 5 am I rode most of the ride on the bike-ways. I had a flat at 40 km, not sure what I ran over it was a good cut in the tire. I repaired it with a piece of old tire to get me home to swap out tires. The patch made the ride home really rough I was surprised at how much it wore me down. I made it home at 80 km had lunch and swapped out tires. Back on the bike to finish the days ride, the rest of the ride was fairly smooth. It was overcast but still a wonderful day to ride.
Christmas day out the door 43 F @ 5:30 am to ride 80 km, well 80 turned into 160 km. This ride was a mix of roads and bike-ways, I started the ride on the road figuring they would be empty because of Christmas. Once I got to 80 km I felt pretty good the skies were still overcast but the rain had not come yet. I decided to pedal on towards Waynesville, Ohio. I reached Waynesville had a snack and headed back.
About 15 km outside of Waynesville it started to rain I had 60 km to go. It rained for about 20 km luckily it only sprinkled and stopped when I got near Xenia, Ohio. I had 35 km to go and will have completed more than half the Festive 500. Being able to ride two centuries in a row was a big deal for me. I had a back injury in April 2015, I was afraid that I would not be able to ride longer rides again. These two rides back to back showed me different. I was also surprised and delighted to see others out enjoying the day.
On the 26th I rode 96 km over two rides. Up at 5am temp 45 F for the first ride to beat the rain, I rode mostly on road, riding streets that are normally to busy to ride. It was a fun ride always enjoy the city in the early morning. The second ride I left at 1pm 50 F and pouring rain, I stayed on the bike-ways and did a lot of loops to get 48 km. It was actually fun I have not rode that much without ever being more than 8 km from home. I saw one other cyclist and two runners, I was soaked through an through but it was worth it.
The 27th up at 5am 66 F and raining to ride 65 km. When I left the house it was incredibly warm for December in Ohio. 29 mph wind gust wind speed from 10-18 mph plus rain. It was an odd ride the rain at first would come and go. Soak me for a bit than the wind would almost dry me off completely. It was really warm for the first 45 km than the temp dropped from 66 F to 55 F in less than 5 km and the rain just started pouring. I could hear a heavier patches of rain coming in while I was already being rained on. My bike and myself were completely saturated by the time I got home and I completed the 500 km. I will continue to ride as there are still 4 more days left in the Festive 500. I learned last year, ride when you can to complete the Festive 500. I made the mistake of not doing that last year and missed some pretty nice days to ride.