Leader: Brad Francisco
Members: Blake Altman, Lynne Blake-Hedges, Michael Blane, David Kemp, Matthew Lewandowski
Route: 47 Miles from the Indian Head Pavilion
Weather: 47 at the start. Lower 50's by end. Nice!
AMS: 19.1 for the four that finished
Mechanicals/Mishaps: A little confusion heading out when crossing Hawthorne road on the rail trail resulted in contact between two bikes. Nothing serious, no crash or injury, just a realignment of a brake caliper required in a couple of miles to put it back where it was supposed to be. Another slight contact between wheels during a fast climb. Again, it was so slight that it was not even noticed by the others. Nice riding with experienced riders. David Kemp had a flat tire on his way home, but at that point he was not riding with us.
Report: Today I was testing a Wahoo Elemnt Bolt that arrived yesterday. My first bike GPS. Today's route was loaded into it. Unfortunately the wheel RPM sensor won't fit my bike hub. That results in an artificially low AMS due to the lag stopping and starting, so the AMS listed above is from my $15 bike computer.
Matthew forgot to sign in. David, Lynne, Blake, and Michael rode to the ride start. They are too tough to ride a measly 47 miles. Envious.
Lynne tested us with a lot of sprints before the first rest start. I think that was due to the urging of David. It made the first part of the ride interesting. Whenever David sprinted by us, we knew better and just let him go.
Michael and David left before us at the first rest stop to do their own thing before heading home. That left just the four of us. A nice little well matched group and we worked together to make it back to the ride start, skipping the stop at the Pisgah store. The ride group changed leaders many times, but managed to stay together.
On Strava, I see that Lynne managed to achieve a slew of PR's, trophies, and one QOM today. The rest of us mere mortals had to settle for PRs.
The A's also set a bunch of PR's.
Thank you to those that made this ride happen! You are very much appreciated.