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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Ibex/Harpoon B2B Mini Series Recap [Ibex]


On June 16, 2012, over a thousand well-trained riders gathered at the Harpoon Brewery in Boston for Harpoon's annual Harpoon Brewery to Brewery ride: a 148-mile ride from Boston, MA to Windsor, VT. Ibex, a longtime connoisseur of Harpoon beer, has been a proud sponsor of the B2B for the past four years. This year, we followed three cyclists as they prepared for the ride. (For full bios, click here and for last month's entry on "The Final Hour," click here.)

One hundred forty-eight miles. Correction: 148 self-propelled miles. Any way you look at it, the number is daunting. As a point of comparison, the longest stage of the 2012 Tour de France will be 140-miles (220-Km). The world's most infamous and tough-as-nails, one-day classic, Paris-Roubaix, clocks in only 12-mile longer at 160-miles (257.5-Km). Professional cyclists will train their entire career to finish it and labeled "masochistic" to win it.
Knowing what it takes to cover such a distance by bike, makes it all the more impressive that over a thousand recreational cyclists - from all walks of life - showed up in Boston and rode the 148-mile trek to Windsor, Vermont. Sure, there were some ringers and some pros thrown in the mix, too. The unifying factor is that no one finishes without having put in the preparation, training and a healthy dose of blood, sweat and tears.
Without a doubt, our three B2B heroes earned their post-race Harpoon beers. It sounds like the day went fairly smoothly for all - no thanks to Britney Spears. Check out their recaps of the day, below.
Congratulations, Elaine, Brian and Patrick. We're proud of you and are grateful to have been a part of your journey. On that note, congratulations (and cheers!) to everyone who participated in the 2012 Harpoon B2B.

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