|foot travel: misery|
-Matt Rendell, The Death of Marco Pantani
Eight or nine years ago, I can't recall exactly, when Shawn and I decided we'd pay homage to the late Marco Pantani and trudge up Simmons Gap in ten inches of snow, it could only have been described as amateur. We had no real plan or purpose, outside of self-inflicting a little pain in the spirit of mutability, and I'll be honest, I ran up that thing, I didn't even try to ride it.
Now, here we are, The Pantani Ride 8 (or maybe it's 9), and rumors of legit contenders abound. Not just the usual suspects either, I'm talking about the Far East (to me, that's past Richmond) to Rocktown and beyond. As such, when you've got legit talent showing up in your yard for your event, even if that event is unapologetically bush league, you've got to pick a date. So here it is:
The Pantani Ride
Sunday, February 10th 2013, 10 AM at 555 Allen Rd Earlysville VA 22936
Noteworthily, 555 Allen Rd is now also known as 4215Col Win Hill Ln, but chances are your GPS and your sense of direction have no idea about that, so just plug in 555 Allen Rd and you should at least make it to the starting line. After that, no guarantees.
Also possible, a rainout option could push us to Sunday Feb 17th, although I'm not sure why I'm even mentioning that. If you've ridden Pantani in years past, you know that conditions would have to be outright impassable for that to happen.
And, don't take my word for it, some third party accreditation:
More mappage yet again:
But here's the key: Sunday, Feb 10th, 10 AM, 555 Allen Rd in Earallysville. Get there.
|Monument to Marco Pantani near his birthplace, Cesanatico, Italy|
|I really can't get enough pictures of Todd humping someone next to this sign. |
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