FANY Ride, July 21-30, 2012


Once again, Jane and I participated in the FANY ride. FANY stands for Five hundred miles Across New York, but is pronounced fanny as in what hurts after FANY. This makes our tenth time out of 12 possible. We missed 2003 and 2010 (although we visited the 2010 ride for the last few days). Links to our web pages of previous rides: 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2002, and 2001.

This year, there were about 150 riders with a few taking advantage of the hotel option and a few doing “Sore FANY” which is a ride to the half way point each day and then cycling the rest of the way.

This year’s ride had the day with the most climbing I’ve ever recorded on the FANY ride. On Friday, we went from Utica to Johnstown and picked up over 4600 feet of climb. I believe the cue sheet for this leg is essentially the same as last year’s cue sheet. But last year, there were severe thunderstorms and it was decided that everyone should ride in the valley rather than along the ridge. This “flat cut” greatly reduced the climbing last year!

I’ve updated my table of mileage and climb for each of the FANY rides.

Jane drives our van while I cycle. This has the advantage that we are not limited to two bags, so we can have a comfortable camp and other amenities! Also, we go out to dinner each night rather than use the meal plan. This is important because I’m so slow, that sometimes I don’t make it in time for the meal plan!