My View from SAG Control - Looking back on my 11 years with R2S.

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"How was your day?" As always, it was busy, it was emotional and exhausting physically and mentally, and I wouldn't have traded it for anything.

For you "Numbers People". Here's some statistics from the 2019 ride:

Total riders entering SAG or Mechanical = 118
Busiest Legs Coldwater Road and Larson Hill/Britton Creek = 23 and 22 respectively
Least busy Leg = Woodside Hill to Mission = ZERO!!!

Most SAG Vehicles in the Package at one leg = 10
SAG 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, Mech 1, 2, Relay 4, Photo 1 (deputised to SAG) and SAG Control.

Those 118 rider pick ups are not failures.  Jenni said something a few years ago that really stuck with me; "I would rather ride at 100% for 7 legs than 70% for 10...my role here is to raise the average in the group; not to be an example of average".  Since she said that to me, I have witnessed more and more of our Ride Captains and riders shift from being a strong rider who leaves so much on the road that they are down to that 70% by the time we pass Mission, to being at 100% past Mission because they sat out two or three difficult legs earlier in the day.  They raise the average of the group.  There's a strong life lesson there.


My Most Touching moment over 11 years - Graham Street and Vicki Oates with her band creating "SAG Control to Peloton" to David Bowie's "Major Tom" and then Gladys putting photos to it.

Best family moment - Spending the day of this last ride "with" my family, thank you Gladys, Andrew & Geoffrey, and to Karyn and Jannie who kept an eye on them and suffered with my children's senses of humour...at least you know where they got it.  (I get bonus marks for work an Oxford Comma into a sentence with Karyn's name in it)

My signature line, "I'm sorry, and I accept your apology"

My signature look, the Tilley...although The Pikachu hat a the colder rest stops was accused of being bananas...That may have just been Rich and Michael Meade though.

So, for Kerry O who has been in SAG Control with me every year it has existed except this one, and Gwen & Karen who filled her seat this year so admirably, it was an honour.

Tony Nathan - SAG Control 
10-92 End of Watch