Leader: Brad Francisco
Members: Lynne Blake-Hedges, Mike Wilson, Barb Haney, Blake Altman
Guests: Charles Sidwell
Route: The usual. 26 miles parking lot to parking lot or 25.1 miles on the "time trial" route which starts and ends on St. Mary's Ave.
Weather: 60ish at the start. Breeze only noted on the return trip up Rt 301 (a head wind of course). Rain gods spared us. A few slightly wet roads, but every other area around us had rain - just not where we were.
AMS: 20.9 at the front. Around 18.8 for the rest.
Mechanicals/Mishaps: None. At least during the ride. Lynne rode to the ride and arrived early. She was refining her flat repair skills before the ride. She used her one spare tube and she was loaned a new spare tube for the ride.
Report: As mentioned above, the weather was questionable all day. Tough to decide if this ride would stay on the schedule. It was raining everywhere, except where this ride was going. For the ride leader the rain stopped when he turned off Rt 5 onto Rt 488 heading to the ride. Guess what, the rain resumed on his way home when he turned onto Rt 5 from Rt 488. Who installed the rain force field?
The lane closure remains on Rt 6. Now it is the west bound lane that is closed. The good news is that most of the east bound lane has a shoulder. But not at a bridge about 2/3's through the construction zone. We waited at the light until it turned yellow and then went for it. We were back on the shoulder when the west bound traffic got a green light. Safe!
The hill on Rt 6 after the construction zone fragmented the group. Barb passed the ride leader on the climb and then decided to continue at a more reasonable pace. Amazing effort since she has very few actual miles on a bike this year since she was too busy eating pasta in Italy. She rode with Charles for a while and earned a slew of Strava trophies while she finished with a very respectable 18.8 mph average. Mike Wilson also had a very respectable average speed for the ride especially since he was riding solo a bunch and has very few road miles this year, finishing with an 18.7 mph average. Good training for the next triathlon! As Charles (Michie) is not on Strava , based on the time he finished he must have had an average of about 18.7/18.8 mph. Very nice!
After the Rt 6 hill, we were down to three riders. Blake had done an amazing effort to catch Lynne and yours truly before the light at Penns Hill Rd. Together we did test out the few wet roads and found them adequate for the following riders. Motorized vehicle traffic was light. Only one example of a one horsepower vehicle was passed (slowly and on the extreme left side of the road - which didn't seem to please the driver of a motorized vehicle that wanted to pass us).
We three stayed together on the climb up to Rt. 301. I think we were all tired. Then into the headwind. Where did that come from? When we got on Fairgrounds Rd. Lynne took a long pull at the front. We got to take a rest for a bit. She was not done with us though. Halfway down Saint Mary's Ave. she declared that she wanted to push it to the limit and took off past myself and Blake. I chased and Blake who had been pulling us along for a while, let us go. I caught Lynne, but she passed me on the last part of the last hill.
A fun safe ride. Where were the rest of you tonight?
We could use an A ride leader.
If you are not a member, please become one. If you think that you are a member, check your status as memberships do expire. At one point I discovered that my membership had been expired for a while. Club insurance specifies only one ride as a guest.
This works the other way also. Invite your friends to ride with us. They will be hooked after just one ride. It is much more fun riding with us than riding solo!