Ride Leader: Blake Altman
Date: February 20, 2016
Ride Name: Casey Jones to Cobb Island
Ride Distance: 55 Miles
Average Speed of the Ride: 19.3 MPH
Ride Class: AA/3 Sport
Mechanical Issues: Broken rear shift cable
Weather: 46 to 62 by the end, cloudy, minimal (but tricky) wind
Guest Riders: Chris Cordova
Member Riders: Robert Smith, Steve Koegle, Brad Francisco, Michael Blaine
The weather was not exactly what I had expected; it was much cloudier than the forecasts had let me to believe. No matter, it was still a pretty nice morning for February.
Everyone was in the parking lot when I arrived at 9:15 except Michael who rolled in about 9:20. We waited until the start time of 9:30 and started out. We had an uneventful and quick ride down to Cobb Island with everyone taking turns on the pace line. The wind was light but against us and we were anticipating having it at our backs for the return. We stopped at the store for a break and then did a slow “tour” of the Island.
After the “tour” it was back to business. We again formed a pace line and stayed together until we were approaching 301. Robert had let me know that he was going to do some interval work for the last half hour of the ride so he took off. This let to us splitting with Steve and Chris going up with Robert.
By midway back on 301 Chris was about a half mile in the lead. I had said to everyone that we should skip Faulkner road since it is rough and continue on 301. Unfortunately, Chris hadn’t heard and I missed seeing him turn on Faulkner. Brad let me know, and we cut over to find him but he had returned to 301 so he was behind us. It worked out okay, but I should have made sure to discuss this with everyone when we were stopped – my bad.
Prior to briefly losing Chris, Steve reported that his rear shift cable had broken and to continue without him. In the end Steve did fine with his “two speed” and beat the tail-end group back. Fortunately, the end of this ride doesn’t feature any big hills so if the cable had to break – this was the place for it to happen.
When we got back we all agreed that we never to the tail wind we had expected. It seems like the wind had shifted after our stop so it was against us on the return. It wasn’t really a big deal since the wind was strong enough to be noticeable but not a huge factor.
This is my first ride with Chris. He did great and is a really strong rider. He is in the area on TDY until April and we hope to see him on more rides soon until he returns home.
Thanks to everyone for coming out for a fun ride.