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Perimeter Ride 11--2012

Time: September 29, 2012 to September 30, 2012
Location: Buckingham Fountain
Street: South Columbus Drive
City/Town: Chicago
Website or Map:…
Phone: 773 865 7445
Event Type: century, mass, alley, cat, scavenger, hunt, awesome, social
Organized By: David of the North (David606xx)
Latest Activity: Oct 2, 2012

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Organized 11 years ago by the venerable John Greenfield, this beloved annual ride takes an moderate pace for a 100 mile route around the edge of our beautiful city. 

An excellent first "Century" ride with it's many CTA bail-out options for peace of mind, this ride is perfect for those who think they might, but aren't sure yet that they can handle a full 100 miles in a day.  (Spoiler Alert--Turns out, you totally can!)

John is stepping aside this year to work on other rides, so some of us that love this ride are keeping the tradition alive with a few minor alterations.  

Start getting excited, start getting your friends excited, and stay tuned here for emerging details!

Meet-up time--8:00 am, y'all!

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Comment by Jared on September 30, 2012 at 5:15pm

Thanks for organizing this.  Some nice changes/additions this year.

Comment by Martin Beatch on September 30, 2012 at 4:56pm

Thanks to David for organizing and cheers to the late night crew who made it right to the end. I had a fantastic time! Definitely one of the most memorable rides I've done in Chicago.

Comment by h' Zerocats on September 30, 2012 at 3:23pm

Is it too late to meet up with this ride?

Comment by Andrew Bedno on September 30, 2012 at 2:40pm

I've copied yesterday's awesome Perimeter ride #11 to the archives so it'll always be available at

My photos (though they're the same as posted here) are at

And the plot is at

The plot isn't smooth because to save phone battery I was only posting every few minutes (AND the new iOS has a bug effecting accuracy, grrr), but it does the job.
Blue line is what we rode, red line is the planned route, green dots indicate photos.

And, amazing job y'all leaders. Nobody could've done it better.

Comment by Olatunji Oboi Reed on September 30, 2012 at 12:51pm

peace yall - an incredibly awesome, deeply beautiful, and hugely challenging ride! a heartfelt congrats and thanks to my friends Dave, the Chuckster (this vegan's arch nemesis, ha!) and everyone who helped with the effort on planning, organizing and executing a very cool ride!!! shout out to John Greenfield also for the history of the ride that brought yesterday to life. highlights for me were Jera's pumpkin pancakes, the entire Southeast portion of the ride, Pullman & Argus Brewery, riding through the grass in dan ryan woods, hanging out with all & making new friends, and riding sweep with Derrick James, Big Vince, and Spencer. congrats all and thanks for a wonderful riding experience! rock on...

Comment by Duppie on September 30, 2012 at 11:22am

Once again a freat ride. Highlights included the Velodrome, which was a lot of fun to watch, Argus brewery, whose owners were uber-friendly, and skipping the Major Taylor trail in favor of Longwood drive.

Thanks to David for putting it together and Olatunji who was the best sweep I've ever seen.

Comment by spencewine on September 30, 2012 at 10:40am

Awesome ride, really enjoyed it all, but especially riding around the Pullman factory and neighborhood and through many of the other South and West side neighborhoods. Thanks David for pulling this all together.

Comment by Sarah D. on September 29, 2012 at 8:55pm

This was the best ride ever! Thank you everyone who mapped and prerode and organized and set up the stops and led us and swept and stayed with our hurt comrade and rode this gorgeous day! 

Comment by David of the North (David606xx) on September 29, 2012 at 7:18am

If you slept in and miss us at The Fountain, don't fret--the first leg of the route is down the LSP, and at two abreast, we won't be able to go very fast--you can totally catch us.  

If you REALLY slept in--blast straight to Chicago Velo Campus.  We're gonna hang out there for half an hour at least while they show us how awesome their Saturdays can be.

Comment by Andrew Willoughby on September 29, 2012 at 7:14am
Thanks for the heads up, I can finish these eggs!

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