Our first rest stop was the iconic Christmas Tree Shops. This building is one of the few thatched commercial buildings remaining within New England. They also have a windmill. This might be gone within a year, if the new bridge plans take this space. We had a lot of trouble with scheduling the ride this year. There were many rain days. The scheduled weekend featured lots of fog, humidity, and some rain on both Saturday and Sunday.
Canyon was the dominant steed in today’s ride. We had one rider on a Seven. Another ride brought his Tarmac. One rider rode his Dogma with the climbing wheels. However, Canyon outnumbered the others. Remember when everyone was Specialized??
Wes and I pre-road the course during the very foggy and weekend prior to the P2P.
So, we had trouble finding a good day to work for the P2P with all of the falling rain this summer. While someone would ride in the rain, most would not. It is not fun to ride extensively in the rain and I think that most want to ride on a sunny day. Today worked well. The long holiday weekend did not really impact us. Many of the long term rentals on the Cape run from Saturday to Sunday. So, we encountered only local traffic as we were heading in the right direction while folks were heading northbound onto the highway (route 6).
Lobster Pot Express for lunch
As usual we rode to Herring Cove Beach in the actual end of Provincetown to make this trip one going all the way ! Some dipped into the Atlantic. Few were in the water due to the rough currents. The lifeguards were wearing long sweatshirts because they were getting cold with the long day in the wind. We also took advantage of the showers at the beach facility. After everyone was ready then we took the 1.5 mile jaunt into the town via the back way. We avoided the zoo. Well, there still were a lot of bicycles around the area.
Provincetown is now a biking mecca. Casual users are heading to the beach or the shop via bike. Lots of people are walking on foot.
Here’s some video from the B group on the coastal route. The B group is more relaxed than the A group focusing on steady tight pace-lining. We had a lot of fog on 7/1/23. You could not see Minot Lighthouse with its flashing beacon; truly a surprise for an experienced rider. This is the section, where both of the lanes become part of the travel on a summer one way zone. The Light should be visible to the right of the camera.
The club’s annual ride to Provincetown. We ride through the Cape and the take ferry back to Plymouth. Parking is at the Jenny Grist Mill parking lot. This ride is for all abilities. You must be able to reach Provincetown by 4PM. We will ride in groups, together.
There will be a SAG.
Ride starts promptly at 7 AM. Please be in the parking lot by 6:45am. You need to have your bag in the SAG car. You will get your bag at the beach at the end of the ride. We ride past Ptown to the end of the land. We will reach the beach. The swim is worth it. Watch for sharks !!
There will be several different speed groups. You should be able to maintain a 16mph average in order to make this an enjoyable ride for you to experience. Slower riders will be in smaller groups. The ferry leaves later and allows you more time to complete the ride. We expect to have 2 major groups with rotating pacelines at 16 and 18 mph.
For our route we will use the service road. We will take the new extension to the rail trail. The GPS file will go to the end of the cape at Herring Cove beach. The annual tradition as started by the V is to make a swim in the water. There are free showers at the beach.
The SAG wagon will transport 1 SMALL bag for each rider. You can have a change of clothes and a towel.
The return ferry is at McMillian Pier.
You must register for the event prior to the ride on the Strava Event. Purchase your boat ticket at https://www.captjohn.com/