Leader: Pete Czapiewski
Members: Blake Altman, Cynthia Anderson, Jessica Livingston, John Wilson, Scott Walker, Steve Koegle
Guests: John Schiavo
Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/19641092 . 47.5 miles, 2190 feet elevation gain. Out and back from Fort Hunt Park to Hallowing Point and Mason Neck Park.
Weather: Sunny, 45-50 degrees F. Breezy with NNW winds at 14 mph.
AMS: 17.0 mph
Mechanicals/Mishaps: Stuck Speedplay pedal cleat.
After a cold and grim morning with drizzle and snow flurries, the sun came out and quickly warmed the air and dried the pavement in time for this ride. John S., John W., Steve, and Cynthia all rode to and from the ride start. Our group of eight enjoyed an early season aerobic effort, with no one dropped. We rode together well in pace lines, with very minor regrouping on the biggest hills. We followed the March 5th AA ride route, but added a five mile flat loop to the end of Gunston Road. This extension took us past some nice, upscale homes featuring tennis courts and private boat docks along the Potomac before the rest stop in Mason Neck Park.
On the return trip, John S. turned off on Colchester Road to take the long way back, for 75 miles total. At the top of Colchester, Jessica realized that both her cleats were jammed and that she couldn’t release her feet. The pedals and cleats were apparently contaminated with mud. Fortunately, Jessica didn’t crash, and was able to stop next to a post, where she had to pull her feet out of her shoes. The other riders stopped and helped release the shoes then clean out the cleats and pedals with a stream of bottle water.
Thanks to everyone for coming out and working so well together.