Ride Leader: Blake Altman
Date: April 17, 2019
Ride Name: Casey Jones Express
Ride Distance: 25 Miles
Average Speed of the Ride: 22.7 MPH
Ride Class: AA/2
Mechanical Issues: Flat Tire
Weather: Upper 60’s, partly sunny, south wind
Guest Riders: Orlando Howe?, Dan Hoefer, Reginald Forbes, Josh Hettel
Member Riders: Brad Francisco, Robert Golding, Douglas Carter, Scott Walker, Tyler Hill, Michael Blaine, Mike Wilson, Lynne Blake-Hodges, Charles Sidwell
I was informed by a rider that Spring Hill-Newtown Rd. was being paved. I decided to take Glen Albin Rd. in hopes that we could bypass the paving. It didn’t work – we should have taken Route 6 instead. We had to wait about 10 minutes for the pilot van to return. Once we started up again I felt terrible; something about a short hard effort followed by a 10-minute break and then hammering again didn’t set well with an old guy. Somewhere on Spring Hill Newtown the lead group broke away and were not seen again until the end.
As usual once we reached the hill on Route 6 the remaining riders broke-up into various groups. Some of these groups coalesced into chase groups and some did not. By the time we hit Bowling Rd. we had Chase 1, Chase 2, and Chase 3 all in sight of each other. Chase 2 was slowly gaining on Chase 1 (thanks to Brad’s infinite pulls). Meanwhile, Chase 3 was more rapidly gaining on Chase 2. I could see Chase 3 was led by Lynne since I could see her pink helmet in my mirror. By midway down Bowling Scott from Chase 3 had caught-up to Chase 2 but Lynne had dropped back – evidently the long pull was too long. By the end of Bowling Chase 2 caught Chase 1 partly helped by a slow moving piece of farm equipment.
The farm equipment slowed us down from the end of Bowling Rd. until it turned right on Budd’s Creek Rd. (I’m not sure about the wisdom of driving such a slow moving and wide piece of equipment on such a fast and busy road – but not my problem.) By the time we lost the farm equipment at Alan’s Fresh Rd. many of the trailing riders had regained Chase 1.
On Alan’s Fresh the pace again accelerated and I’m really not sure if people came off the back there or not. I do know that by the time we reached Route 301 many of the riders were off the back. A few of these riders regained the group but most did not. The reconstituted Chase 1 remained together until near the end of Fairground Rd. where a sudden acceleration by the lead riders caused the group to split and remain this way until the end.
Here are the ride statistics I have:
Lead: 22.7 MPH, 2 riders
Chase 1: 21.6 MPH, 4+ riders
Chase 2: 21.1 MPH, 1 rider
Kudos to Brad for his long fast pulls; also to Lynne for her valiant efforts on Bowling Rd. and to Scott for catching Chase 2.
Speaking of Scott, he got a flat somewhere on the second half of the ride. He wasn’t able to fix it but got a ride home.
It was an another fun ride.