Today’s inaugural Tour de Tecumseh for the Community Arts of Tecumseh was a fantastic success. For starters, the weather could not have been better if it were custom ordered.
The registration table was well-staffed, well-organized, and well-run. The cue sheet and map were clear and easy to follow. It even included, on the reverse side, a list of phone numbers for various folks associated with the event (e.g., the event coordinator, registration coordinator, ride leaders, SAG drivers, and so on). The route was well-marked with a combination of road paint and standing signs. The event t-shirts look great.
I was really impressed with the route. (I rode the 50K route, so I cannot say anything about the others, but I can’t imagine they were lacking.) It was lively and scenic, and left riders with a sense of having truly toured Tecumseh. All major intersections were staffed with volunteers. Similarly, both rest stops had someone directing cyclists where to go. (I didn’t stop at the rest stops, but they appeared to be staffed amply and heartily provisioned.)
There was a pit crew with at least two mechanics available to assist folks prior to the ride, and there were a variety of family-friendly, post-ride activities. Unfortunately, I was unable to enjoy the latter on account of needing to skedaddle for another obligation elsewhere.
The turn out seemed really good. I rolled out early, and I suspect a good many more showed up later. It was great seeing folks I hadn’t crossed paths with in a while. For example,
- I passed Amy, Doug, Spencer, and — who was that fourth rider? — on my way to the event. They were at least half-way through the route. Knowing them, they were probably on their second lap.
- Bart, it turns out, does still ride a bicycle, and despite not having seen each other since the end of last season, he picked up right where left off, talking some kind of trash about catching up to me en route. But then, of course, I never saw him again.
- Finally, Bill — are you ready for this? — showed up sporting cycling shorts and a cycling jersey! Oh the humanity! Wait, lest you think he’s abandoned his unique identity altogether, the shorts were bib shorts, the cycling equivalent of overalls. Now, I don’t want to ruin his hard-earned reputation, but the Lycra gear suited him just fine.
Unfortunately, I saw lots and lots of riders that I don’t know. Contrary to what you might imagine, I’m pretty lame when it comes to self-promotion. Hence, I do a crummy job of making folks aware of this website. I’ve got to figure out ways of overcoming this, not so much because I want everyone to read what’s here so much as because my primary goal all along has been to connect anyone and everyone in our area who is into bicycles and cycling, no matter what kind, no matter what form. How can anything bad possibly come of that? The benefits, meanwhile, would extend to each and every rider in countless ways.
Anyway, help me spread the word, won’t you? And I welcome any suggestions you have for ways I can do so myself. Thanks.
Back to the event, all things considered, I think the Tour de Tecumseh is poised to become a great event and a much-anticipated, longstanding tradition in Lenawee County. A big tip of the cap to Jim, Laura, and all the other folks, whose names I either can’t remember or don’t know (sorry!) for all they did to make this happen. Very nice work, everyone! I’m already looking forward to net year’s event.