Back in 2013, about a week before the summer solstice, a fellow Tripleshotter came up with an idea so ridiculous, it was certain to become a Tripleshot tradition.
“Hey,” Simon announced, “I’m thinking of celebrating the solstice by doing a century…by riding around Beacon Hill Park 100 times.”
As the finishing point of our weekday rides, the Beacon Hill Park loop is well known to every Tripleshotter (as are the Park’s resident peacocks, who have a habit of congregating on Circle Drive precisely where and exactly when we’re in the midst our all-out sprint finish).
Circle Drive is almost exactly one mile around, so our summer solstice century calls for exactly 100 laps*. For our winter solstice ride – a metric century (100 kilometres) – we circle the Park 62 times.
Idiotic, yes – but that doesn’t stop dozens of us from getting up at 3:30 a.m. and joining the ride, which gets underway between 4 and 4:30.
En route to this year’s TSSSSC (Tripleshot Silly Summer Solstice Century), I doodled a caption for the morning’s activity.
The second image is a close-up of my ride around and around and around Circle Drive.
* For the record: I completed only 81 laps of Circle Drive. I tallied the balance of my 100 miles (and then some) while doodling my message on the way to Beacon Hill Park – around 36 km (22 miles) of bike-writing.
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