|Mark's Cycling & Hiking Blog||
We are ready to roll. Ready to explode....well at least jettison, into areas east of New Albany. More t come soon.
The Cycling Club's Summer Solstice ride is today! IMPORTANT POINT: The B route below is correct and different from the B route on the Cycling Club's web site. Big thanks to Jeff Schluep for bringing this to my attention. Depending on turnout, we likely will have two B groups, a B+ and regular B. There has been some grumbling in the ranks that needs addressed: Don't be one of "those" guys! Ya know, the guy who loudly pronounces prior to the ride that he has "Y" event this ...Saturday so is dropping back a group or two and then can't keep the ego in check or is completely oblivious to the surroundings. For "those" guys a couple of pointers. 1) If you are co-leading a double pace line and your partner quickly fades; YOU ARE RIDING TOO HARD! 2) If you are pulling a single pace line, wave to come off the front and discover there is no one behind you and wonder why; DON'T BE SO STUPID. YOU ARE RIDING TOO HARD! 3) Don't say to members of the group their bikes are designed to go a bunch faster. 4) it is bad form to be the first up a climb. Gift climbs to the real and deserving members of the slower group with which you have chosen to ride. 5) Don't grumble because the slower groups regroup more often then the faster groups with whom you usually ride. Above all else; Don't be a Richard Cranium when riding with a slower group. Have a great and safe ride tonight. 😉
The battery in my camera was dead when I arrived for the Tuesday ride (it's on the charger now!) so all I have are these images taken by Joe Twelmeyer and Marty. Sorry about that! It appeared around 5-6 went out at 4:30pm for the C ride, 15-18 for the 5:00pm B ride, 18-20 for the 5:30pm Super B and then I hear around 15 for the 6:00pm A and late coming B's. I did a poor job promoting the event, or maybe there wasn't that much interest, but only Aaron C, Marty and Jon Morgan made the trip south but they represented well.
Out of the 15 or so who left at 6:00pm, only 3 arrived in the first group, Marty, Jon and Brent Goetz, with a 21mph avg. Our B group was at 18.8. Got a big Thursday New Albany ride and then I will be in Maryland for the Garrett County Gran Fondo. Large contingent from central Ohio going over there and having heard mostly good things about the event, the blog will be there too, agonizing through the Savage Century.
Only now, on the eve of the historic Canal Winchester, Summer Solstice ride out of Brewdog, has time run out on my grand plans to promote this with many references to the Alamo, creative photoshopping of celebrities, etc... Unfortunately, like some of you, I must work for a living and was unable to carve out the time for this important task. Even now, I can hear my children crying for lack of food and attention so I must attend to priorities but first.....the route for Tuesday and the start time of 6:00pm for the strong or those who imagine them to be so and 5:30 for the Flyin Tunas of the world, which will include me of course cause I am in the category.
A really fun time checking out the Grandview race scene on Friday. OK, finding parking is a challenge on streets so narrow I have no idea how traffic coming towards us handles it but I was in a line of cars and we were not getting over for cars. When I found a spot, it was only a couple of blocks from the action so that was good!
The first familiar face was Lori Nedescu, riding around and waiting for the start of the women's Pro/1/2 race. I had emerged on I think the south side of the course so headed to the bar/restaurant/retail area just because, on the northwest side.
I grabbed a beer from a vendor while the 3/4/5 boys raced around. There is Danny Alarcon, third back in red. I wondered, is it possible that a guy could just keep racking up top 3 finishes and stay in the same category 4 for ever? Ha, ha. I guess, with his win today, he is has now been kicked upstairs to Cat 3.
Several vendors including "KENDA"! Wow and so I bought a Kenda T-shirt and since only $10, bought several more for an assortment of friends. Christmas will be a happy time for dozens of you. Then I emerged from this wonderland of retail/restaurants/bars and headed east where....
...I ran into Larry and Lisa. The thing about a crit, the group passes frequently so the action is almost continuous if you include those who have dropped back but hanging in there. From our Thursday New Albany rides I saw Kyle Z, Ken B, Doug M, Chris G, Scott B, Danny A and others.
Again and again they came by and hey, there is Nick on the left, a frequent visitor to the Tuesday New Albany rides. After quickly wearing out my welcome with Larry & Lisa, I headed toward the start/finish line when I ran into....
....Cyclist Connection's Ric Noland, providing mechanical expertise. Luke Manning in the background, racing in the Pro/1/2, scheduled to kick off at 8:00pm.
Wow, the start/finish line was a happening place even with no retail/re... well just with no bars around. I ran into....
....Doug McConaha. With so much yet to see, I had to keep going and ran into....
....Danny A with entourage. Part of the entourage was Retro George. Have not seen him since middle of last year after he fell and cracked his carbon fiber frame. George is working and if he continues to do so, he can retire with I think some pension benefits so he is motivated to get there. Also though, he is still without the repaired or replaced frame. I don't know all sides of the story so won't speculate but it is troubling that with payment not an issue and apparently the replaced frame available, what is going on? And then, the highlight of the evening....
.....finding the clan of Kenda Dobie (the dog on ground), Kenda Paul, Kenda Janet with Amanda, Frans and Todd M. Amazing how many strangers would ask if they could pet the Doberman. She was quite the star of the evening.
Then the lades were called to the start line. In addition to Lori, I recognized Deniese D. As I had an early Saturday start, I could not stay for the finish but understand Lori finished 5th. Crits are not her specialty so I think that is pretty good. As for Saturday, I departed with a good group at 7:00am!!! Knowing I had all these Grandview images and story to report, I did not take my camera, which is too bad as there was a good narrative...oh well. Now, on to the Tuesday Canal Winchester, Summer Solstice, "Remember the Alamo" ride promotion.
The COP has the Spring HOOT ride with multiple distance options. There will be a group departing at 7:00am comprised of the usual suspects, Dean, Rex, Flyin Tuna, Mark C, Matt, me and others. We want to beat the heat to the extent that is possible. More information can be found at www.outdoor-pursuits.org. We are doing 100 miles.
Here is another option and all are welcome to attend.
Alright, there's a problem. Some one parked a large trailer in the shady spot. And tonight, did we really need the shade. Patrick sits and waits with his relatively new bike making use of the trailer.
Far fewer cyclists, only 40-45, at tonight's ride. The Grandview races are Friday so the Rivet group was rather small and not very many in the A group, maybe 14. With Preston Road closed, the long route was now only 53 miles so we should not have an issue with the above or, if you believe in such things, the below....
...if we finished after dark.
Jay P on the left, Scott and Milt on the right. Scott, racing tomorrow, decided to roll with the B group.
The triumvirate of Jon H, Pete C and Marty.
Tyler Jenkins on the right. A southerner who came north to find out what all the commotion is about with the Thursday ride. We worked him over pretty good so he would have a story to tell when he returned to the "land of cotton."
The Riveters roll but again, a very small group. Tym T on the right tried to play.....
....mind games with me. Said he heard I was doing Garrett County. When I said I had heard nothing but good things about the ride he countered with doom and gloom, how hard is the ride, how much suffering...trying to plant the seed in my brain and so, there it sits, growing steadily. I'll be a mental wreck in a few days.
Then the A group gets going but suddenly, Paul D had a problem. Alas, he fixed it quickly so he was good to work us over, as usual. Wind aided, we zipped out 161 and arrived in Granville with a 24+mph average. Then we turned left on to the Beechwood climb. Geesh, too hot for that ascent and when we regrouped, my chest was heaving, heart pounding, hotter than....just don't have the adjectives to describe it. Way too quickly we were off, eventually climbing Chatham Road where I fared badly but the group took pity on me and waited. At Marion Road, some talk had produced a plan....
....instead of making a left on Marion Road, hang a right, hit the St Joseph climb and eventually get back on the route. I successfully talked some of the guys off the ledge and got them to maintain route integrity and were each of them glad they did by the time we got back. Above we 5 riding along Dutch Lane while another 5, Paul, Logan P, Gus, Christian and Eric, toiled in the extra miles and climbing.
Pretty scene as we had gotten a bit stretched out on Stone Quarry but stayed together for the rest of the route and finished with 53 miles, a 20.8 average and 1900' of climbing. The Rivets finished at 23.7mph avg. Then....
...as I was driving east, here came the St Joseph climb group. They finished a few minutes after 9:00pm. Saturday ride options coming soon....
Good mid morning to all you office workers, sitting in your cubicles spending way too much time thinking about tonight's New Albany ride. Productivity must take a hit on Thursdays. Once again the weather forecast sucks but that is just the way it is and probably we will be rain free. IMPORTANT NOTE about tonight's routes (see below). Preston Road is closed. It is not an easy to avoid culvert but a full blown bridge that is out and not passable. So, The Riveters and Aers will follow the "B" route. The Bers will of course also follow the B route but hours behind the Riveters so there should not be a traffic jam out there. See ya in the parking lot!
In past years, during the lead up to the Canal Winchester awesome Summer Solstice ride I have applied the Civil War to symbolize the struggle of the hapless south and their attempt to compete with the New Albany Yankees who descend like a swarm of locusts and lay waste to the southern Fairfield County Rebs. However, this year I will use their new rallying cry......
....Remember the Alamo. Yes, the Davy Crocketts and Sam Bowie's of the southern cycling community have adopted this as their slogan to rouse support among their peers. However, I suspect the Alamo spanking, rather than already taken place, will take place next Tuesday. Much, much, much more to come as the blog gears up to promote this annual event all meant in good fun.
It's bad enough to arrive for a ride and discover you have to fix a flat but Tuesday evening, Sokha, he and bike involved in a weekend crash, discovered he needed to reattach the rear derailleur so he could ride. More to come.
Big turnout for a very difficult ride! Mike W on the right, Marty and Lori were some of the first to arrive. Lori rode from New Albany and would end up with almost 100 miles this day. No doubt some were attracted by the rumor of cash prizes but alas, it was only a rumor.
No ride is complete unless the Kendas make it out, above with Larry and Lisa too.
Meredith in the back with Cindy B, Philippe and unfortunately I don't know the name of the guy on the left.
More people roll in to sign in, Steve Fields and Steve Oxley.
With approximately 55 cyclists ready to go, there were some semi literate comments made by Cindy, I announced the first cyclist to arrive at the final summit of Blue Jay going out and then also coming back on the two longest routes, would be eligible for, but not guaranteed to receive, cash prizes. I know who are the winners now and will announce below.
Getting through Newark and it's 100 red lights, as a group, is impossible so above is the front group but where were the others? The host and co-host waited and waited but no one arrived??? We finally figured the back bunch must have found a different route through the maze so we began anew but now way back of everyone else. Eventually, we began to pick people up and organized a regroup at....
....Fling Ridge Park. Now a curious sight to be sure. A cyclist who shall remain nameless, entered the park, paused to take a drink of water, paused to walk one of the hiking paths, all while we patiently waited and then rode to the twin rest rooms where he dismounted, walked to the side of the building and,,,,let the image fill in the blanks. As Marty said in the comments section, maybe he feared a snake was in the room as we later did see at a less sophisticated restroom.
Earlier in the week, I had given the market people a head's up that around 40 of us would be coming through and so today they were ready. Cyclists came and went but the big talk was about the black snake in the Port-A-John. Peering in there to take a pic did not appeal to me so I have no evidence but it was there. A small cavity in the floor allowed it access. Eventually, a large group departed and upon reaching....
...the point where one must decide, do I go long (85) or "short" (66) we found Kim, Meredith, Deniece and Isaac. They all were going short. As part of our group arrived, we spotted them across the road in the shade. They yelled to us, "Hey bitches." I'm pretty sure that is a first for me but my memory is spotty so maybe not. Anyway, it was said in a friendly way so that is ok. Now, that Isaac.....
....had missed a turn and gone southeast into the small village of White Chapel. Eventually he got back on the route in Zanesville and now, with the other shorties,....
....headed south towards Texas Road with the aforementioned ladies, Larry P and Lisa A. I, extremely reluctantly and only under coercion, went the long route with Rex, Mitch, Cindy & Steve. There is this road called Pinewood Trail...one freaking wall after another. It makes Blue Jay seem flat or almost so. Every time we arrived at a road going south I would inquire, do we go left here but NOOOOO, always into the walls. Finished with 83 miles and 5600' of climbing. Now for the winners, pretty much it was the same group of 5 who arrived simultaneously, I am told, at the summit finishes, Marty, Ken B, Lori N, Philippe and Goeric. If any of them were destitute, a cash prize would materialize but they are all pretty well off so I will just keep the cash for me!
Kyle and French Climbing Machine. Philippe wanted to know where were the water stops on the Blue Jay ride so ya just know he is already plotting, one bottle or two.
Good crowd out tonight, around 70 cyclists.
A creative way to park your bike, as long as no one steers their car into that spot. Then I made a bold move, I coasted into the....
....shady spot where the Riveters gather. It wasn't long before the stares began...you know, the "What do you think you are doing in here with the likes of us." stares. Only royalty allowed in here so I quickly scampered to the fringes and found....
....many non royalties, including Jeff S, Andrew in a wind breaker on a 70 degree evening of no wind and that Dirty Dan.
At the outer limits of the galaxy, these poor people are baking in the sun. No wonder the Riveters can ride so fast, they are so much more refreshed then everyone else at ride start.
The Riveters are instructed to roll and some of us watch. Good crowd of Riveters but I did not count, probably 15ish
And then the A group goes! There were 26-27 of us who headed out on the 56 mile route. Prior to the ride, there was quite a bit of talk among non Riveters that these routes are too long for the given amount of daylight. One mechanical of any kind and you will finish in the dark. I tend to agree. For a one-off Summer Solstice event then ok but every week to have a route designed to return you to the parking lot at dusk? We turned right on Watkins, climbed the steep hill off the bridge on Morse and regrouped. Someone told me I'd never be a Riveter cause I am too kind. Well, that's one of many reasons. We arrived in Granville with a 20.6 average and then turned left on the Jones Road hill. Ugh and we regrouped briefly here, our numbers down to 15. We climbed Welsh Hills and reentered Granville before exiting on Burg. Reaching the right turn on to Dry Creek, I turned off route and went left. I didn't want to do the Chatham loop and sat in to return solo but what luck!!!.....
...at the end of Stone Quarry I found Jared and Scott Billman (Scott having stopped to help Jared with a mechanical early in the route), Rick and Ryan. We worked together well and soon after arriving on 161, the first of the Riveters rolled by so some of us jumped on and then stopped at the Beech Road light. Marty, Kyle Z, Jon H, Ken B, Terry G...about 8 of them left.
Back at the parking lot, the top Riveters finished the route with a 23.5 average. I was at 20.2 for my 48 mile route, the top A group finished at 20.5 for their 56 mile ride.
We interrupt this torrent of good news and information regarding Saturday's Blue Jay ride to bring you tonight's route out of New Albany, 6:00pm behind the Philip Heit center. Wow, check out the distances for this evening's ride. As you coast down Burg Street, following the Rivet/A route, check your fitness and decide, "At Dry Creek Road, should I go right as does the route or should I go left and cut off that upper loop?" Sunset is 8:58pm. Choose wisely. The routes are:
First, let's clear up some confusion. I am not alone in organizing this ride. My partner, Cindy B, toils behind the scene making one mistake after the other but that is ok because.....well......I am unable to finish that thought while simultaneously maintaining my integrity. Anyway, the long route was said to be 92 miles but instead is 85 miles. Considering the amount of climbing, that will be enough. Through the many years I....errrrr....."we" have managed this ride, for every 100 cyclists who said they were doing the long route, on average probably 2.5 actually ride the long route. By the time you reach the 85 vs. 66 turn, you'll be so spent, you'll head for the 66 and probably do the flat return rather than the Blue Jay Road return. Below, the 3 routes:
I will have the gps routes up soon but first, let's talk about the "elephant in the room", the cycling pro who likely will attend the Blue Jay ride. A small segment of you will resent this, thinking she will sweeeeeepppp all the furry and cash prizes, leaving nothing but crumbs for which you will fight. Not true, Lori may or may not ride hard, but regardless, she will not accept any stacks of unmarked bills nor any other prizes. Therefore, something a bit more than crumbs will be available to you. Meantime, consider clicking on the below link and donating to keep Lori's pro race career going.
At last it has arrived, the most hotly anticipated event on the Outdoor Pursuits calendar, the Blue Jay ride. With distances of 36, 67 and 92 miles, there is not something for everyone because there are hills, slopes, steeps, grades, gradients, up hills, climbing and almost mountains on the routes. The event is free yet you will receive gps files for the routes, a map, a route that is partially marked and best of all.....
....prizes for various accomplishments. Some of the prizes are in the form of cash.... How about that. Much more to come in the days that follow. Note, this is not a race, just a fun bike ride out of the Newark YMCA, starting at 8:00am, Saturday, June 10th.
Marty's bike, with Marty came to the ride. Rumor was that Dave Chesrown was coming too but joining us enroute.
Milt on the left, would have some severe cramping later toward the end of the ride and Kenda Janet on the right, game face on and ready to roll.
Our group of 25+ was graced with many women and it occurred to me that maybe they have at last figured out I am not a creeper, just content/images needed for the silly blog. Above, left to right, Kristie, Peggy, Janet, Shari, Cindy, Katherine along with Cassie and others.
And so, the departure time had arrived and we began marching our bikes through the gravel and up an incline to the official start. Hey! There is Dirty Dan in the blue jersey. Just a couple days ago, Dan was in.....
...Banff and sent me the above image. He said the day he and wife arrived it snowed. I was not envious all that much.
I want to go on record that I did not create the route that had us start up the Beechwood climb at mile 0.000002. Above, we wait at mile 0.84 to regroup, surely the earliest regroup in group riding history? Soon we were off and eventually arrived at Sportsman Club Road where we regrouped a 2nd time. Hmmmm, where were the Kendas? Being the ultimate ride host, considerate and it being a hoot to ride with the Kendas, I waited while the group went on. Mark v waited too and not too soon, the Kendas arrived, towing Flyin Tuna. Off we went until....
...I had crossed #13 and gotten ahead of the band of cyclists so I waited and waited. Must I descend that hill to find out what happened??? No I will not! So I wait some more but finally, coast down, go about a mile and here they come, having stopped to fix a flat. Now look, all know this blog is the epitome of truth, justice and the American way so I will not spill the beans as to why we did not quite make it to Gambier. Instead, we shifted our attention slightly east and south and arrived in Martinsburg. You know the Kendas, way too sophisticated for gas station food so we stopped at....
...at the nicest restaurant in the village. While consuming the culinary delightful hamburgers, grilled cheese or similar food, the first of our original group streamed by. Not long thereafter, a 2nd group went by, long thereafter, a 3rd group and what good luck....
....they waited for us!!!!! Very thoughtful and nice and much appreciated by our band of four (Mark V having departed from our group earlier). We crushed the roads that followed but in St Louisville, a great debate broke out; should we try the rumored Preston Road closure or climb St Joseph? Well, we sent Kenda Paul out....
...to gather intelligence. There he is in the back ground. It was odd, as he approached buildings or houses, shutters would slam shut and doors locked. I kept thinking, none of these people will know if a road is passable for cyclists so we just went for it!!!! We.....
....made it too. Later, we summited the final major climb of the day at the top of Chatham Road. This is where Milt had some issues with cramping but he and the rest of us made it back to Granville. Me with 71 miles and a 16.9 avg with 3300' of climbing. Fun day as usual.
Wheels rolling from Granville's Wildwood Park, 8:30am. I understand there will be plenty of cyclists representing a range of fitness. Ride hard, ride moderately but ride. Overall a B-B+ pace but with some regroups unless you want to form a group and just keep going, which is fine. Everyone has their own goals and should not feel obligated to hang back. Come prepared, know the route and don't expect someone to wait for you if you fall off the pace, just keep pedaling.
Is there a worse way to arrive for the Thursday ride but to find you have a flat? Yes, to discover you forgot your bike, as some of us have done.
Now look. I am not singling Logan P out for ridicule. I'm merely using him as a prop to bring attention to that paper on the window that asks that we not park our bikes against the window.
Not wanting to exit the shady spot, I tried to do all my "work" from within the cooling confines as others came and....
....still more including.....
....Scott Billman on his new bike.
It was getting crowded in there.
And then, it became apparent that an emergency tree planting effort is needed cause too many cyclists for too little shade.
Jim R has replaced me as the substitute ride leader and you can readily see why. All heads are turned to listen to him. I can now focus on making stars out of you. The Riveters and A groups exited the parking lot and yet I was still there, having already gotten in 70 hilly miles earlier in the day. I went out with the B group and that reinforced a thought, even when numbers are small, to have two B groups. People where falling out within the first 4 miles. That sucks.
Anyway, the B group, part of a 65 person contingent that made up tonight's ride, headed out. Now remember, when you see me taking a pic, smile! The Riveters covered the 51 miles with a 23.3 average while the A group covered the same route at 21.2. Very nice!
The official start time was 8:00am but people had been departing at least as early as 7:00am, hoping to make it through their routes prior to the arrival of storms. 2600 people had registered for the event but approximately 1000 of those did not participate due to a forecast that just a day earlier had indicated a 90% chance of rain. Our group made it through the 100 mile route rain free although the humidity made it seem like we received a good soaking.
And so we are off, Corvair, Mike Wrey, Cindy B, Mark & Karen Rossi, Mitch, Larry & Lisa and Norm. At mile 2, cyclists were streaming through a red light so I followed but the balance of my group stopped. I had hoped to get in with a large group but it was always just singles or doubles that came by but THEN......
.....two women came by pulling a group of guys and so I jumped in. For 6 miles the women stayed at the front hammering and said they planned to do the route in 5 hours. I was tempted to stay but the Ohio group had agreed to pause at a refueling point at mile 26 and so I stopped there but not for long as they soon coasted in and we....
...refueled. Soon thereafter, as I urged them not to linger, we got back onto the....
....road. The scenery in the first half of the route is ok but much improved in the second half. I kept expecting to hit a monster climb but never did. There are a couple of Cat 4 climbs on the route but they are long and not too steep. However, the hundreds of small hills do take their toll as you gain 5500' during the 100 miles.
OK, I could have done without the lengthy detour into Frankfort with way too much time spent on a bike path. This diversion cut 2mph from my average. The grounds of the State House are beautiful but still, I'd prefer to bypass and stay on country roads. Soon thereafter we stopped for lunch at mile 50. There are 7 refueling stops but we agreed prior to the ride we would visit only 3. The stops were well stocked and would satisfy even the most picky eaters.
Can't beat giant fans that spread a cooling mist to those standing in front.
Pickle juice? Yes, to help prevent cramping and there was also chicken broth for I suppose the sodium content.
At mile 75, we stopped to pick up our official badge, proving that we had ridden the century route. The stop was within sight of this magnificent castle structure and so the volunteers were dressed in medieval clothing including....
...this woman with whom you could have your picture taken. We got back onto the route and while we had hit our 3 intended stops....
...at mile 90 they serve root beer and orange floats so.... Above, Eva parks her bike prior to attacking the stand where the floats are prepared. I'm not a fan of floats but at that point, in that humidity and heat, I enjoyed it. We completed the final 10 miles and....
...came across the finish line where reactions ranged from joy to pained relief. Lisa A on the right, Cindy B, Corvair and Eva. Good time and I'll be back next year, weather permitting. My average speed was 16.9 but that Frankfort detour as I said, really hit the average. Moving time was 5:54 but we spent 90 minutes at the refueling stops, some of that refueling but a lot of it just trying to herd everyone together, which is ok, it's that type of event, not a race.
I am unaware of any Sunday plans probably due to the forecast but there will be rides for Monday so stay tuned. Mean time, I rode the hot, humid "Horsey Hundred" in Georgetown, KY and had a great time. Above, at mile 70, our group paused and enjoyed the food, drink and giant fans.
You have until 8:00pm this evening to sign up for this very worthy event. There is also day of registration. More information by following the below link.
Aaron C seems incredulous that not more cyclists wanted to ride this evening......there, there in the sky, just beyond the crane and above the tree line, in the distance....that's why.
Wow, more arrived. They all seemed surprised that I too had come out. We speculated where some other regulars were and responses ranged from "On a flight to Escondido" to sitting on a trainer.
Paul D made a last minute decision to ride and was the last to arrive. He referred to is as "Going Belgium." I was thinking of far more negative terms to describe the forth coming experience.
Radar check....not good but the red and yellow cells were gone, just a sea of green. A total of 12 of us shoved off.
It was promoted as a recovery paced ride but already, I was unable to hold the wheels and was now dropping off. The group went to Granville and back, finishing with 32 miles and a 22mph average. Now some clarity.....
...I regret that I misled you into thinking I actually rode. I was in my car when I took the image of the cyclists. No one was surprised to see me on the bike cause I was not on one. Everything else above is factual or close enough to be considered so. I got home, noted the inside temperature was high 60's and started a fire.
Good turnout on a cool and cloudy evening with the H&H gang there in force, Doug M and Glen G too.
Chris I in the middle with 4 water bottles although I think one is a radio and one a battery on the bike frame. That's some serious extra weight but when you are young and strong, such thoughts never enter the mind. When you are old and weak, I leave my cell phone, strip out brakes from the front, take one water bottle, etc...
More and more arrive, including Kristie with baked goods! Rick, Larry P, Kirby, Milt, Nick, Jon M, ack, too many to name.
Thirty-three of us roll out of the parking lot and....
....endure a couple of waits before we exit New Albany, pick up a couple more cyclists on the road and soon reach 310 and then the.....
....descent down Jersey Mill into Alexandria. Most of us remained in the group so it was quite the spectacle when....
....we coasted through the village prior to climbing Mounts, right at Lobdell, descending into and out of the valley where I bugged out. I had Blue Jay Road legs so wanted to do a half Monty rather than the Full Monte. Circling back to Alexandria, I picked up Tim and Pete and we ham and egged it back to NA where I finished with 30 miles. The balance of the group finished with just under a 20mph average.
Cindy B organized a hilly route from Heath to Somerset. Odd that only 6 came out for it but the weather was probably a factor with rain threatening in the early to late afternoon depending on which service was checked. Matt, Kristian, Katherine and Steve came out. If we were not climbing, we were descending and eventually arrived at a point where a layer or two had to come off. Above, Steve, riding his cross bike, spotted something in....
....the weeds. How bout that, a bike. Walking in there to check it out likely would mean walking out with 100 ticks so I declined the urgings of my fellow cyclists.
A misty, cloudy day as we head east from Fling Ridge Park on Poplar Forks/Mt Perry roads south.
Steve's rear derailleur cable broke, fixing his chain on the smallest sprocket in back. On this route, that would be a problem. Just then, a tour bus emerged from the gloom, probably lost.
We were unable to fix it and when Steve got onto #668, he was forced to get off and push the bike. I regret not having that image.
Entering Glenford, what luck! Jeff's Automotive but alas, the shop was closed. Next, Steve....
....saw a man and asked if he had a wire or something so he could fix the rear derailleur in a position so at least the chain would be in one of the larger sprockets but the man was unable to help. Then, what luck!!!
....other cyclists arrived, including Tim F, Eve, Beth, etc... I was providing encouragement while....
....most of the others socialized across the street. Nothing solved the "mechanical" so Steve called a friend for pick up and we continued on although now without Kristian and Katherine who had to return. Now it was down to Matt, Cindy and me as we....
....cruised into and out of Somerset, finishing with 78 miles and 4400' of climbing.
The first option has rolled in for Saturday. From Cindy B:
We will be starting at 8:00, parking at the end of Dorsey Mill Road (bike path parking area). Drive the same way as you would to get to Hoback park, pass Hoback park entrance and continue on road until it dead ends. This route is 77 miles, with hills, pace will be a B pace. Rain looks to move in around 1:00, so if we need to shorten, we can. Rest rooms are at Hoback park, so stop there if you need one.
From Marty S:
Saturday Ride May 20th 8am
It looks like we should be able to get a morning ride in before any rain. Plan on leaving the New Albany Starbux at 8am. We should be able to do this route before the rain and can make changes in the morning based on the forecast.
We will want to keep things moving so figure a steady and solid B pace.
New Albany is having an afternoon parade so it might make sense to park on Ogden Woods and ride a block to the start.
And then of course there is COP's TOSRV or Tour of the Scioto River Valley. See the COP web site for information.
Tuesday morning and I think a turkey emerged from the woods. I rode 80 miles on Monday so went to the....
....Canal Winchester ride to hop in with the B group. The Super B group was going faster than I wanted to eventually I found a comfort zone with 4-5 others. Great tail wind for the return and of course, a stop at Brewdog after the ride where I bought a beer for Pepe Lapew.
I checked out the Cycling Expo at the Heit Center in New Albany. Good group of vendors outside and inside....
.....free beer and wine! This was my first stop and they dispensed a generous pour of beer, choosing from one of three different types. I asked them to fill two cups so I'd have one for each hand but they declined.
Inside, the "Cadence Kitchen" and "Melt Hot Fitness" were giving demonstrations, along with other vendors on the other side of the room. The Kendas and Flyin Tuna arrived so I used this as an excuse to visit the beer station again. Luke R was there too so he offered to show us....
.....Lori's travel van. Kenda Janet checks out the psi of the air mattress. This morning, Lori heads off for 12 days of racing in Canada, NY, VT and elsewhere. What an adventure. The van was efficiently packed and should be a good home for a couple of weeks. Her most recent post is very entertaining: http://www.thecadencekitchen.com/vanlife/van-life-begins
Luke hopped on a trainer and I noted, while casually pedaling, was hitting my max wattage output. Nice.
We were all casually dressed for the event except one of us, a former high powered, corporate executive that wore plenty of bling, including a Movado watch. Good time at the Expo.
A route was put out there for an 8:00am start, shoving off from behind the New Albany Starbucks. Certain people began talking (ok, in the interest of full disclosure, I was one of the people) about a later start, following a hillier route (full disclosure moment again; my contribution was only for a later start, not hillier). Moments later, a 9:00am route was put out there. As I drove for the 9:00am start I passed the 8:00am group and they too had a good turnout.
Among our group was Jay P, Larry & Lisa, Gus & Peggy, Sam (fresh off running in the Boston and NY marathons) Mike W, Isaac, Lori N, Cindy B, Kristian & Katherine, Brent J, Corvair, Aaron C, Tim F, new guy Alan (used to weigh 295 pounds but has lost over 100 pounds while being trained by Jon Hastings), Jeff S, Dirty Dan, Tym & Lisa, etc...
What a great route that included a few brief regroups. Isaac on the right, always one of the first to arrive at a regroup point. Dude must have a permanent crink in his neck from having to look back so often. His head can swivel 180 in either direction like an owl.
Great day to be on the bike. Our ride was not without incident as I may have been a bit to keen to catch an emerging break. There was an opening between Tym and Dan and then it closed as I was going through. Tym's handlebars touched mine, I swerved a bit right into Dan who fortunately was up to the task of maintaining control and stayed upright. It's bike riding, stuff like that happens but that I put my buddies' safety at risk bothered me for a second or two. Still, for what mischief he has created.....
Arriving in Utica, we ran into Travis & two others. I got Travis to describe his Cat 3 state road race win. good story.
Throughout the ride, we had been losing people to time mandated shortcuts so by the time we left Utica for the return, I think we were down to 9 people. As we neared New Albany, Gus' route kept us off the boring 161 in an interesting way. I suggest you check that out. We finished with 70 miles, 18.1 avg and 3200' of climbing.
At 8:00am, departing from the parking lot behind the New Albany Starbucks (usual Thursday shove off point) is a B paced ride following this route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/21082734
Considering who is attending, you can likely count on a home made snack prior to or after the ride.
Then, at 8:30am, Joe Twelmeyer is starting a group ride, for you west siders, from the Whetstone Park of Roses. This is for road bikes although it will have about 2 miles of hard packed dirt/fine gravel. Meet at the bottom parking lot. I don't currently have a gps file for the route.
And then at 9:00am, from in front of Starbucks, is this route. The peloton frowns on competing routes that rip apart the peloton but no amount of persuasion from me could deter Gus from setting this up. I think partly he was motivated to provide a later, thus warmer and hillier route. The pace is a spirited B pace with some regroups and a stop in Utica at roughly mile 31. There the group may linger a bit, or not, depending on if Marty shows up. If you are wondering who will attend this event, I tend to attract the great unwashed (Dirty Dan among many others) so there is that but I understand some of the great washed will be there too like Isaac, Lori and their devotees.
Last but not least...is the COP option described above. I hear the Kendaites are attending this event so obviously only the really cool people will be in Delaware.
Mark is a long-time cyclist who enjoys poking fun at himself but most especially at his friends. No nicknames or comments are intended to offend, accept them in the humor they are intended.