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Brief history of the Accountants Burnout Ride

Brief history of the Accountants Burnout Ride

I asked Jim Guild about the Accountants Burnout in light of the Club's 50th Anniversary.  Accountants Burnout Ride is Wednesday 18 April from TMP at 9:30 this year.

Jim says: I am not certain how long the burnout has existed, but would guess around 20 years.  If the BBC newsletters are archived someplace they would likely give some idea. I am all for playing it up and am looking forward to the ride.  Call it a 20 year anniversary – who knows for certain or cares?  As Mark says “It’s a gift”.   

The burnout route changed over the years.  I am not certain where the first Burnout was and who came.  Maybe a 75 miler from Westminster to Woodsboro (how about the sign-up sheets – are they archived?  My guess for the first would be Mark T., Phil F., Jim K. and some others).  Mark & I scouted the RedRum ride in early summertime many years ago and we knew it was a keeper on the ride up South Mountain.  We were a lot fitter then so the climb did not bother us like it can now.  We stopped several times on the mountain because blackberries, I think, were in full bloom and found in abundance along the climb.  There were several cars stopped with people picking the berries.  We changed the ending of the route which originally came back along Conover or Harney from the west across the steel grated bridge into “Harney” that has hurt a few cyclists.  I do not remember doing the ride again any later than mid-May so no further berry stops.  However, I am close in Gettysburg so maybe sometime this summer.

I think we did “Coxey Brown” for one or two burnouts, but there were several complaints that it was too hard for mid-April.   

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Re: Brief history of the Accountants Burnout Ride

Hope the weather changes -- lots of wind & rain here in LSD after a lovely, but still windy Saturday.

Happy Anniversary BBC -- I still remember my first club century the Hunt Valley Hundred, maybe in 1986 when I moved back to Baltimore from Houston.  I rode my Trek 520 touring bike, that I still have (and would like to sell size 50 or 52, small & cheap). I finished the ride with about 99.5 miles.  I then rode around the parking lot until I hit 100.0 on the old Avocet 20 computer, which I also still have in a box someplace.

Looking forward to getting lost on the Burnout ride because that is the things we Burnouts do.

Hoping to see a few familiar faces and some new folks too.

Hopefully MT "It's a gift" will make the ride this year.  In addition, the 4-strokers are invited to join the fun & maybe meet us for lunch (George B., Turbo Boy, etc.).

Jim Guild

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