Tuesday, May 8, 2018

The Tour LaFitte That Was!

Our second attempt at riding in the Tour LaFitte was WAY better than the first! Two years ago, my friends and I attempted to ride the Tour LaFitte (that wasn't) and just as we arrived at the starting point, the race was cancelled due to an impending crazy storm.

Although we had to deal with a little bit of rain in this year's ride, it wasn't anything like 2 years ago and we had a blast!!


The idea of riding in the Tour again was brought up by a friend and it grew like wildfire! In the end, we had six total in our group!


We were a little nervous about this ride for a few reason - none of us had been biking (although I've been running and another one of us had been doing crossfit and others had been working out in their own way)...we all owned mountain bikes and not "real" road bikes...and we had no idea what to expect.


After arriving at the start line, we headed to the far..far...far...back. As we made our way there, we passed others who were super hard core riders and I'll admit, I felt like a fish out of water. This race offered several distances - 10 miles, 27 miles, 40 miles, 50 miles, and  64 miles, so there were riders of all calibers there (even down to kids with training wheels).


We coined ourselves the "leisure riders" and decided to just take it easy and enjoy our time out on the road.


 ...and we were off!


I wondered how we would distinguish our route from the others and soon realized that arrows had been painted on the ground. Our route was the pink one!


I also profusely thanked this guy for being at this corner because had he not, I might have accidentally followed the others and gone straight! Yikes!


Around mile 4.5, we reached our first water/food stop! They had Cane's lemonade, water, assorted cookies, bananas, and oranges available for the riders.


We might have also spotted a crawfish...and of course we had to take a picture! Y'all know I find "characters" everywhere!


After hanging out for a few minutes, we continued on our ride. My friend Kim kept her straw with her and was fussed at by a spectator for "smoking" while riding! He was joking of course but as oncology professionals, my coworker and I got a kick out of it!


With just a few miles left in the ride, the rain decided to make it's appearance. Thankfully, it wasn't a pouring rain and although it got us all pretty wet, we were still able to continue the ride and finish without any difficulty!


Home stretch...


 ...to the finish!


We had so much fun and really enjoyed the ride. Yes, we were definitely leisure riding but several of us commented how easy this ride was overall and discussed the idea of riding in the 27 miler next year! We shall see! 


All done!


In total, this route came out to 9 miles instead of 10, but who's counting? :)


After the ride, we had breakfast at a local diner (as per our usual post-race tradition)!


And of course, we sported our Tour LaFitte shirts! This race also benefited the Special Olympics which I love! It's always great to support a local race with a good cause! :)

I honestly cannot wait for next year's ride! This really was a lot of fun and a nice change up from the usual races that are offered around town!

Have you ever participated in a bike race?

12 comments:

  1. I love to do cycle events like this one where you just have fun and ride and don't have to worry about speed. Looks fun!

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    1. Yes, so much fun!! I agree completely!

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  2. That picture makes me want Raisin' Canes. Some Texas things are moving up here, can Canes do it too?

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  3. This does look fun, especially doing with a group. The only bike "race" I have done was a duathlon a few years ago...and I was totally out of my element on that LOL I had to borrow a road bike (because I only have a mountain bike), and that added another element of "learning curve" to the event ;-)

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    1. Oooh yes...that does sound like I would be completely out of my element too!

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  4. I love that you called yourselves the leisure riders! I want to do a bike ride like this but don't have a road/racing bike either and would want to be a leisure rider too!

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    1. Right?! We might make shirts next year! Hah!

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  5. I don't cycle, but it sounds like a really fun event. Glad you had a good time!

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    1. Thanks! I definitely don't cycle either...we were just out there to mix things up and have fun!

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  6. How fun! While I've dabbled in tris, I often find bike racers to be pretty intimidating and hardcore and haven't done an official bike race. This one looks perfect. Minus the rain. Haha!

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    1. YES I know what you mean! That's how all of the "leaders" of the pack were...which explains why we lined up in the very very back! Haha!

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