Thank you all for putting this ride together. I think that the all class rides are very important. Not only do we get to mingle with other riders that we would seldom see otherwise, but we get the chance to ride with riders of other ride categories, if we so choose. I will have a ride report to follow this, I promise.
Please riders, our sign up sheets are a ride waiver. But they are much more than that, they are a way for the leaders to know who is riding with them and who to contact in an emergency. If you are riding with me and did not sign my signup sheet, the only thing that I can do is call 911 in case of a problem. If you are riding up a class, let both the ride leaders know what you are doing. If you sign both the sign up sheets, we will both have the critical information needed in case of an emergency. We don't get points for each rider that signs our sheet, we just want to get everyone home safely.
On to the ride report:
Leader: Brad Francisco
Members signed on sign up sheet: Steve Koegle & Michael Blane
Borrrowed members from "A" sign up sheet: Darryl Lowery (was with us for a little bit, so I have heard), Tom Roberts, George Valenzuela, and Larry Malone (has become a member after I rode with him on the End Hunger Ride last weekend) - welcome!
Guests: Rob Golding - Please renew!
Route: 65 miles
Weather: Low 70's
AMS: 19.1 for the leader who became more of the follower
Report: We were the last ones ready to go and we needed to be the first to go. But we got it done! The ride leader tried to keep a manageable AA pace for the first 5 miles. Then Rob passed saying that I needed a break. Followed by Steve. Then the ride leader went to the back with 6 riders ahead. How could that be, there should only have been three?
We were trading places a lot, but the ride leader was getting dropped. I really appreciate Michael for watching out for us weaker ones when he could have been mingling with Rob and Steve. Those long pulls of his were very much appreciated. Tom, your riding was awesome. You could keep up with anyone that you wished to. Larry, I don't know if you were holding back to keep me company or not, but thank you. George, you may not be the fastest on the hills, but your stamina is amazing!
Thank you all for coming out to ride today. It was very enjoyable. Well, except the potholes.
I need to credit the drivers of the vehicles on the road. A very considerate bunch. Not that they will read this, but it makes me feel good to give them positive credit. There are a lot of bicycle friendly drivers out there.