The MAC Poker Ride!
The MAC Poker Ride was conceived in 2015 after learning that another popular local charity event was being cancelled. We felt the area needed some kind of event to replace the one that had left and for that reason the poker ride was created.
Our first event was conceived, planned and executed in 3 months. The event was a huge success with close to 300 cyclists attending. We donated $5,000 to the Ada Jenkins Center in 2015 and we gave away over $3,000 in prizes to event participants.
In 2016 we were able to partner with the Rotary Club, Mooresville Rescue Squad Fund, Sam’s Club of Mooresville and a few other private donors to raise $23,000 to purchase a new van for the Ada Jenkins Center. We also gave away over $3,000 in prizes to event participants.
The MAC Poker Ride will:
- Benefit local charity
- Encourage an active lifestyle
- Provide the opportunity for the cycling community to get involved and give back locally
- Highlight community responsibility
- Broaden your horizons with a challenging fitness activity
Nine things to avoid on your first century ride
Once the gun goes off it’s easy to get caught up in the moment and start off too fast. If you’ve averaged 14 mph on your training rides, averaging 18 mph on your first 20-or-so miles is a recipe for disaster come mile 80. Ride at your own pace not somebody else’s.
It’s important to eat before you’re hungry. Making a consistent effort to consume at least 200 calories an hour will sustain your energy throughout the entire ride. Pack as much nutrition as you can but stop at the aid stations as needed.
While stopping to rest may sound like a good plan, sometimes it’s more efficient to keep riding – even at a snail’s pace. Prolonging your day can zap you of crucial mental energy needed to persevere late in the day. Stop when needed but be mindful that it will likely equate to more time in the elements.
Perhaps the only thing more important than your caloric intake is proper hydration. Make an effort to hydrate every 15 minutes and refill your bottles at the aid stations. Electrolytes are crucial late in the day, so test what works best for you before you commit. And don’t ever skip an aid station if there’s even a remote chance your bottles will soon be empty, lest you live to regret it.
Sure, those cookies and popsicles at the aid station look delicious, but they may not agree with your digestive system. It’s best to stick with familiar, easily digestible food (hello banana, my old friend) – especially late in the ride. These effects are amplified further when the weather is on the extreme end of the spectrum.
Most century rides are well-marked, but on the rare occasion you find yourself at a fork in the road, you should always have a printout of the route available to reference. One hundred miles is far enough – don’t add more by taking a wrong turn.
That flashy new pair of cycling shoes at the expo may look tempting, but don’t try any untested gear the day of the ride. Even though they’re probably lighter, faster and newer, you’ll likely be regretting your decision late in the ride when a new ache or pain pops up. Ever heard of hot feet? If not, it’s not the time to find out.
There’s no way around it, pedaling for 100 miles makes for a long day. Pro tip: Break up the distance with small victories. Count down the miles to the next aid station or focus on just making it to the top of the climb. Thinking about a century ride in its entirety will make it seem insurmountable.
At the end of the day, a century ride is just a long bike ride. Get a group of your buddies, or make friends out on the route, and enjoy the scenery and atmosphere. This isn’t the Tour de France – don’t take yourself too seriously.
Mooresville Area Cyclists Mission Statement
Established in January 2013, Mooresville Area Cyclists (MAC) is a group of passionate, driven athletes created to bring local cyclists together. MAC aims to influence cyclists to bring about change for the better by promoting a tight family bond, volunteer work and charity. By doing so, MAC hopes to not only educate the Mooresville area and beyond of cycling’s various benefits, but to help make the Lake Norman community a better place. By encouraging road cyclists of all speeds, abilities and backgrounds, MAC advocates diversity in a way that brings together those that love the sport of cycling. We have members from Mooresville, Troutman, Statesville, Davidson, Cornelius, Huntersville, and the entire Lake Norman region.