Speed Limit Imposed: None
Distance: 25.8mi (TT segment at 25.1mi)
Max Grade: 5.1%
Rest Stops: None
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)
Tonight’s PRs (CJE 25.1mi TT Course): Pete Czapiewski, 22.9 mph (now 9th overall, all-time), Anthony Carter, 22.5 mph, Zach Peacock, 22.1 mph, Bruce Wright (leading the A's) 18.9 mph
Ride Leaders: Scott Walker, Blake Altman, Jean Wright
Riders: Brad Francisco, Zach Peacock, Robert Smith, Chuck Coe, Paul Bales, Douglas Carter, John Choate, Karen Fitzgerald, Darin King, Marcus Jones, Anthony Carter, David Kemp, Pete Czapiewski, Mike Wilson, Steve Wilks
Weather: Sunny, 84 degrees with winds from the NW at 6
AMS: Leaders 22.9 mph
Sweep 18.9 mph
Mechanicals: My right cleat became loose on the return up 301. At the time I wasn’t sure of the exact problem (cleat, pedal, pedal arm, etc.) but kept going. The issue turned out to be a lot less than it felt like (I thought my pedal might fall off at any moment but there was only about 1/16th inch of play).
Report: I'm delighted to welcome first-timer Marcus Jones to the Casey Jones Express. As Marcus pulled back in the parking lot following the ride, with a big smile and shaking his head he yelled out: "You've got to be kidding! I was dropped just after eight miles; I was solo and on the cue sheet after that." Still smiling: "That's okay; I'm not scared; I'll be back." Marcus, you rock! Welcome to the CJE and do, absolutely, keep coming back; you'll just get faster and faster from here-out.
We missed Rob Golding tonight, but we all want to congratulate him for his fantastic showing at his first sanctioned race at the Greenbelt Training Series. Rob took first place for a cat-5 win! The CJE was pretty tame tonight all the way to Rt-6. The lead pace-line didn't make its breakaway until the Dentsville climb. Following the climb, Chase-1 was pretty well formed-up by the turn South onto the Kentucky-Bowling segment (4.6mi) and kept the leaders in range for the duration with a 25.1 mph segment average. Chase-1 subsequently split because of traffic on the Budd's Creek turn, leaving three behind (and becoming Chase-2). Chase-2 later picked up two riders on the return up 301 and then remained intact to the end, finishing with a 22.1 mph average. Tonight was a tough one for me, personally, following last week's vacation in Seattle (having fun, goofing off and off the bike). But, nonetheless, as always this was terrific ride!