Speed Limit Imposed: None
Distance: 25.8mi (TT segment at 25.1mi)
Max Grade: 5.1%
Founders: Benny Budd and Joni King
Support: OHBTC and Paul Bales/Casey Jones Restaurant
Motto: “For the love of the people and the ride” - Michael Blaine
Course KOM: Dan Hoefert / Robert Golding (September 17, 2014 / 24.0mph)
Course QOM: Claire Chiamulera (Aug 22, 2012 / 22.2mph)
Ride Leaders: Scott Walker, Blake Altman
Riders: Douglas Carter, Brad Francisco, John Choate, Jason Hendricks, Chuck Coe, Matthew Lewandowski, Mike Dent, Mike Wilson, Doug Cline, Micheal Blaine, Scott Oglesby, Sean Neilson, Paul Bales, Alan Canfield, Gordon Schrader, Jon Agazzi,
Weather: Mostly cloudy, 88 degrees and humid with winds from the WSW at 9. Heavy line of storms just north of Waldorf at the ride start. But, no rain over the course during the ride.
AMS: Leaders 22.0 mph
Sweep 18.0 mph
Mechanicals: Gordo flatted and Jason was there to assist. They searched for any remaining objects stuck in the tire before inserting a new tube and found none. But, the first attempt to re-inflate caused the new tube to protrude through the apparent puncture hole in the tire. So they patched the hole with a boot and then completed the repair.
Report: A very nice turnout today especially considering the unpredictable weather. Jean actually got her riding done early to avoid possible rain, but came by anyway to see us off and take the group photo (thanks Jean). I enjoyed this evening’s Express, especially riding with the large group in the Chase-1 position. Lots of strong riders in this position tonight, all sharing the work up front. Matthew and John C. are getting faster on every ride and Sean was riding tough today as well.
Blake was sporting a new Trek purchased from Bike Doctor following his catastrophic mechanical at the Watermelon Ride over the weekend (hanger/frame failure). Glad your back, Blake, without injury and with a pretty ride! … speaking of Bike Doctor… Jan and I went there earlier today because my rear shifter cable broke the day before. They were pretty swamped with maintenance and repairs, so I purchased a cable with the intent to return home and replace the bad one myself. While we were talking to Michie, Chris came from behind and rescued my bike from me, quickly taking it and the new cable to the back of the store. A few minutes later he returned with a smile and my bike in tow, cable installed and ready to ride. Without fail, I always get fantastic service at this store! Chris and his team of professionals are tops and quick to correct any problem no matter the circumstances. Even when items I’ve purchased at their shop in the past haven’t quite been up to specs, they immediately contacted the manufacture (before I could even ask), and in every case, ensured inconsistencies were quickly and correctly resolved. A great shop with dedicated, experienced owners and crew!