Ride Leader: Blake Altman
Date: May 30, 2018
Ride Name: Casey Jones Express
Ride Distance: 25 Miles
Average Speed of the Ride: 21.9 MPH (Chase 1)
Ride Class: AA/2 Express
Mechanical Issues: None
Weather: Mid to upper 70’s, overcast, some breezy
Guest Riders: Orlando Howard, Alonzo Baxter, Anthony Carter
Member Riders: Eric Williams, Chris Zabriskie, Michael Blaine, Lynne Blake-Hedges, Mike Wilson, Brad Francisco, Gordon Schrader, Tyler Hill, Charles Sidwell
The weather seemed doubtful all day and I was expecting to have to cancel. Instead the rain chances dropped to 20% and we were able to stay dry. We had a really good turnout for this ride especially considering the weather.
We all stayed pretty much together though the temporary light on Route 6. After this the ride broke-up on the hill after the bridge. There was a large lead group and a large chase group and some off of the back. The chase group managed to catch the lead by the light at Penn’s Hill Road; not without some effort.
The lead pack was together until crossing Budd’s Creek Road where some riders started to drop off the furious pace. The group split into Lead and Chase 1 on the hill on Budd’s Creek Road. This was the way things remained until the end. For a while it looked like Chase 1 might catch the Lead on Route 301. It was an illusion; the closer the Chase 1 got the faster the Lead went. Almost at the end Chase 1 nearly caught one rider off the back of Lead.
It was another fun ride with a good group of riders all of whom rode hard.
And now for a friendly reminder about group riding etiquette. When there are cars behind the group please form a single-file line. When you ride double-file and don’t share the road you give all bicyclists a bad name.