I just plunked down (in a figurative Spent-It-On-The-Internet sense) fifteen hard-earned dollars and registered for the 2012 Vasaloppet Ride. Longstanding and attentive readers will recall I participated in this event last year, which makes me one of a few hearty souls who can make such a claim. The day was characterized by a near-constant downpour and most registered riders opted to pass on the experience. I was fascinated by the prospect of blueberry soup, riding the streets of DC, and getting a good start on 2011. You can read the details of my hybrid’s one and only organized ride here.
Hosted by the Swedish Embassy, the Vasaloppet is named after the world’s longest-running cross-country ski race. At least that’s what the Swedish Embassy claims and I’m in no position to argue with them over matters involving snow. The ride is the same distance as the ski race – 59 miles. I’m sure the Swedes would have preferred to host a ski race, but this is simply not practicable in this part of the world during the first week of March. Still, it’s likely to be on the cold side with a slight chance of quite frigid temperatures.
It has already been established that it can pour buckets of rain on this date.
The ride is self-supported on open roads. The Washington Area Bicycle Association co-hosts the event and provides cue sheets for the riders. With no T-Shirts, mechanics, and water/food stations, this is a very spartan ride (for $15, one can hardly expect much more). The big attractions are getting together with others on one of the first events of the season while eating blueberry soup in a foreign embassy and ruminating on the life story of King Gustav Eriksson Vasa. That’s more than good enough for me, so once again I’m in the peloton for this event!
This year, I’m bringing the Trek.
If you’re interested in signing up, you can do so here. They’re only taking 400 riders, so move quickly!