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PMC '09: News from the Road

by John Bishop / Boston Bruins

“It worked out pretty good once we got going,” said Brian Hayes of Day 2. “The ride was good, except for the headwind riding into Provincetown.

“It was really, really windy.”

In the wake of the Bruins terrific 2008-09 campaign, Hayes said that he noticed a lot of recognition for the spoked-B out on the course.

“For sure. There’s no doubt about that,” he said. “There were people yelling, ‘Here come the B’s!’

“So that was fun to see.”

Brian said that it was a very successful weekend at the Pan-Mass Challenge.

“It was huge,” he said. “It was a great time again and I think everyone on our team had a blast.

“All-in-all everyone had a great ride.”

Sunday, August 2nd
Brian Hayes (our eyes and ears on the road with the PMC) checked in from the second day of the PMC. JB
6:12 p.m.
B Hayes: Coming into the harbor. Another one in the books!
4:45 p.m.
B Hayes: There is a party to celebrate the ride on the boat -- a good band is playing and everyone is having a good time.
3:08 p.m.
B Hayes: On the ferry back to Boston. We should be underway in a few minutes.
12:12 p.m.
B Hayes: All done. Finished with Tim, Leo, John, Derek, Craig and David. Great ride. Windy on Route 6 made for a very tough six mile stretch. Time to drop off the bike and clean up.
10:31 a.m.
B Hayes: At the Wellfleet  water stop. Rode in with Swoop, Doakie, Deb, Lauren and Emily -- a good group. Riding alongside Cape Cod Rail Trail. It's perfectly smooth. Could use some more roads like that. Going to refuel and get back on the road. Legs are feeling good, today. So happy about the weather. Really nice, but could do without the head wind. But so far so good. Next stop Provincetown and some much needed food and drink.
9:12 a.m.
B Hayes: Finally at the Brewster water stop. We have broken up into two groups. I am heading out with Tim Sweeney, Kevin Collins and Derek Repucci.
7:26 a.m.

B Hayes: Water stop #1. Nice ride so far. Having good time in group with Derek Repucci and Tim Sweeney. Filling up and hitting the road.
6:58 a.m.
B Hayes: Nice quick morning ride to meet up with the Hayes family*. Off we go again.
6:55 a.m.
B Hayes: Stop at the Hayes went well. Great to see Susan Hayes and the rest of the family.
6:27 a.m.
B Hayes: Morning. Hope you're having a good start to the day.

*Jeff Hayes succumb to Ewing's Sarcoma 2007. He remains the “Pedal Partner” for the Boston Bruins Foundation.

Saturday, August 1st

Asked what was the thing that he was most remember from Day-1 of the 2009 Pan-Mass Challenge and Brian Hayes had a quick answer.

“It always goes back to all the people,” he said. “It doesn’t make any sense, but there’s always a ton of people outside and it’s unbelievable.”

And the signs they display give hints as to why they support the ride.

“Everyone has a sign out in front of their house,” explained Brian. “Some are for PMC riders and some say ‘survivors.’

“There a tons of signs that say thanks for riding,” continued Hayes. “And people are outside themselves thanking you for riding.

“Some people have water and as you ride by they’ll give you a bottle or maybe a banana. It’s unbelievable.”

So is the schedule. Given the amount of peddling needed to traverse the first day, it’s no doubt the riders are happy for the support.

“We started at 5:30 a.m. and lunch was at the halfway point – I think that was Franklin,” said Hayes. “We finished down in Bourne, at MMA, the Mass Maritime Academy, where we will stay (on Saturday).

“Sturbridge to Bourne is 111 miles.”

It was a perfect beach day; one of few we’ve had this summer. A gorgeous day, except, I suppose, if you are on a bike.

“Today was hot,” said Brian. “The last three stops, including Lakeville and Wareham, were pretty warm.

“But there were a lot of trees [along the way]…so that first 50-miles was pretty good.

“You’re pretty covered for most of it and then when you start coming out of that in Attleboro, Lakeville and Rehobeth, you hit more open fields and you get more open roads.”

And that’s where the riders are on Sunday – open road from Bourne to Provincetown.

2:50 p.m.
Wow. I just got back from some errands and my BlackBerry was blowing up with messages from Southern Massachusetts. I'll post them with the most recent at the top. JB
1:51 p.m.

Shower time!
1:48 p.m.
Not sure where everyone else is, but I'm done. Overall it was really good. My legs were heavy most of the day, but think I did better than last year. It's such a great event to be a part of...
11:48 a.m.
B Hayes: Once again the outpouring of support on the ride is amazing. As are the volunteers taking care of us at all the stops and the people along the route!
11:47 a.m.
B Hayes: Heat is picking up. So I need to get finished for the day.
11:46 a..m.
B Hayes: 84 miles down 25 left to go. If legs feel good feel good I'm going to skip wareham water stop.
11:45 a.m.
B Hayes: Lakeville stop. Quick refill of a bottle, and then back on until Wareham.
10:42 a.m.
B Hayes: Lunch is over time to get back on bike little stretch and off we go again. Talk with you at the next water stop
10:17 a.m.
B Hayes: Still amazed by the number of people that are out cheering on the riders as well as the volunteers at the stops.
B Hayes: Well time for pb and j, couple of bananas and lots of water then back on the road.

8:21 a.m.

B Hayes: Water stop #2. 45-miles down. Going well. Can't wait to get out of the hills. Legs are feeling the pain. 

8:04 a.m.
Good Morning!

Just like we have the last couple of summers, we'll be keeping tabs on the Bruins Bike Team's progress on the Pan-Mass Challenge by checking in with TD Garden staffer Brian Hayes.

I just woke up, but Brian and the rest of the team has been up for quite a while.

At 7:00 a.m. Brian wrote:
B Hayes: 25 miles down. First water stop. Quick refueling and on the way again.
B Hayes: Don [Sweeney], and couple of others are ahead.
B Hayes: Swoop (Bob Sweeney), [Gary] Doak, Dan [Zimmer] and the rest are coming soon.
B Hayes: Time for some water and back on the road.  Check in later on.

GO B's (Bike Team)!
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