Leader: Brad Francisco
Members: Phil Mitchell, Zach Peacock, Darin King, Robert Smith, Matthew Lewandowski, Blake Altman, Travis Proctor, and Rob Golding (signed in with A's)
On ride but not on the sign-in sheet: Douglas Carter & Pete Czapiewski
Guests: Corey Wells & Justin Rodbell (signed in with A's)
Route: Picnic - 48 mile route
Weather: Warm, very warm. I would call it hot, but Robert Smith just returned from deployment with the Air Force band and experienced temperatures of 140 degrees while on deployment. That is hot! For us, about 84 degrees at the start and 90 and sunny at the end. Approaching 100 degrees by the time the picnic was over.
AMS: Ride leader had 18.58 mph, most were faster
Mechanicals/Mishaps: Cory Wells had a flat tire before leaving the driveway. The rear tire had a damaged sidewall and needed to be replaced. Cory just happened to have both a spare tube and a spare tire in his saddle bag. Pete provided assistance and all AA riders waited until we could make our mass start together.
Justin had a problem with his rear derailleur not shifting into the small gears for the first half of the ride.
Justin had the tension spring break on his right pedal about 15 miles before the end of the ride.
Report: I think that I have everyone accounted for in this ride report. I don't know if the riders who rode with the AA's signed other sheets or just failed to sign in.
After a late start due to a flat tire (see above), we were on our way. Pete was in the lead until the left turn on Lowery Rd. He missed it, so it was now my turn at the front.
By the time we were back on Hunting Creek Rd, the group was fracturing a bit. When the lead group failed to make the right turn onto Thanksgiving Lane, this allowed the slower riders to catch up, and we were all back together and fortuitously crossed MD-4 onto Cox Rd. with a perfectly timed traffic light.
Justin dropped off the pace and Matthew slowed on the uphill on Cox Road. At Plum Point Road, Matthew was slightly behind me. Dilemma time. Justin just joined the club and was not using a cue sheet (I also found out later that he is 15 years old). Do I stay with him and make sure that he doesn't miss the next turn, or wait for Matthew (a more experienced rider)? I stayed with Justin and as it turns out Matthew did not turn onto Emmanuel Church Rd. as he should have. I turned back to look for him, but his GPS sent him on a different route.
Justin knew how to draft, so on we went at a pretty good clip. Darin joined us and now we were three all the way to the rest stop at Bayside Market. There I found out that Justin was having shifting problems and had not been able to use the gears needed to go fast on the downhills (I was wondering why he was coasting so much). Justin fixed the problem before the ride resumed.
Still no Matthew by the time that we left the Market. Is he ahead of us or behind? Darin called and left a message for him. Sue Estes joined us for the ride back to the ride start (riding from home).
Bayside Market was great to us, water and ice was available. Covered seating was a treat.
A lot of talk about how everyone was going to take it easy due to the heat for the last half of the ride. They don't know easy!
About 15 miles from the end of the ride, Justin's right pedal had problems. The tension spring that locks the back of the pedal to the shoe broke so that he could not lock into the pedal. He decided to pedal on anyway and declined to use a shortcut.
The last miles, had a lot of fracturing of the AA group. Some had leg cramps, others were just overheating. All made it back safely. The leg cramps continued for some during the picnic.
Thank you Linda for the picnic at your farm. It is a very nice place to hold this event. Thank you to the club for the grilled meat, cold drinks, and all the support needed to hold this event. Thank you to everyone for the food! It is great when the club can get together and socialize to this degree.
If I missed anything, please add a comment.
It was nice to get home to air conditioning!