Leader: Brad Francisco
Members: Matthew Lewandowski, Phillip Mitchell, George Valenzuela, Tom Roberts, Mike Wilson
Guests: Andre Thomas, Roland Heil, Katrine Waterman
Route: Accokeek Firehouse to Pisgah
Weather: Upper 60's at the start and lower 70's at the finish with a bit of a breeze
AMS: 19.0 for the tail end and 19.7 for the main group
Mechanicals/Mishaps: A pothole induced flat tire 1.5 miles into the ride. Included a loud bang when CO2 inflation was tried. Sounded like a tube exploding, but after checking the tube the inflater was determined to be the cause. The ride leader's GPS was following the route, but somehow not recording the ride. The backup computer provided the ride leader's average speed for this report.
Report: The rides today were dedicated to Ellyn Peed.
Jim took our picture at the start and then we were off. Until we were a mile and a half down the road and Katrine's tire met a pothole and the tube went flat. We regrouped and when the tire repair was complete we went off in chase of all the other (non-D) riders.
The ride leader relinquished the lead position 2.5 miles into the ride and then a turn was missed onto Gospel Union Rd., so the group (minus one who stayed on the route) navigated to get back on the route but ended up turning onto a dead end street. The ride leader took the lead again until the left onto Pomfret Rd., at which time he was clearly not going fast enough for the majority of the riders and now was part of a small trailing group.
That is the way it remained until the Pisgah store. We didn't catch the A's before the stop - they were too fast for us. After the store, the AA's (I counted ten of us) again split with the ride leader and one other trailing.
A Holly Carr sighting was made on Marshall Hall Rd. Just Holly doing her own ride, but she did stop by the park afterwards.
Finished at the Accokeek Neighborhood Park for some ice cold water and watermelon. Very nice. Also a nice visit with many other club members.
Katrine tied one of Jill Patterson's KOMs and took another away from her. Quite a strong rider, too bad she is only on a short visit here from New Jersey.
Thank you volunteers and riders!