|The first year for both of us: Image by Ari Andonopoulous|
It was just amazing to me that this detail had been squared away so easily and so soon. What a complete departure from Williamsburg! The start line was also another cool deal, and one I had wanted to try. A downtown start. No more starting at the edge of towns, in weird, out of the way places. Now we could engage the city, albeit in the dead of the night, but still. I was liking this better.
Another thing we decided to do with the new venue was to redirect the event even more toward a self-supported nature. David was actually the instigator on this front. He was a bit turned off by how some other events had "softened" their approach to this and I was in complete agreement. To that end, I decided to do two things: One was to not let anyone know but the checkpoint volunteers for their respective spots where the checkpoints were at. This would eliminate the "followers" and hopefully the support of which we had seen and heard of during v5.
|The start has been in front of Bikes To You since v6: Image by J. Boucher|
So, the infrastructure for the event was in place, our tweaks were thought through and we were excited about them. We needed a course though. The three checkpoint idea was retained, and David and I got in about 1/4 of the distance looked at before a big snowfall in early December wiped out any hopes of doing recon for awhile. Hey, maybe Spring would come early and we'd get it done.
Next: Our backs against the wall.......