A group of around 25 left as part of an "A" group at 6:00, including Dave C, Marty, Billy C and this Alberto Contador lookalike (Gabe) representing the Damn Yankees while the lowly Brewers were represented by Steve O, Mark C, Logan, Nick, Jeff S, Ryan R, Todd Lee, Paul Stock, Amanda, John S, Nathan and a bunch of others who did not look like they were anything more then cannon fodder (I include myself in this group so don't be offended). We headed out Waterloo and upon crossing the 4-way stop intersection and heading up the ramp, already cyclists were being shelled. A left on Slough and a right on Sitterley and then out the rollers farther weaned the group and I noted Dave, Marty, Gabe and Billy were taking turns, turning the screws on us. Mark C was spending way to much time in the back of the group and appeared to be struggling, along with the rest of us.
This group of 6 reached Amanda with an average at 24-25mph and kept going out Clearcreek Road, crossing Hamburg and finally, reaching the base of Revenge. Gabe and Billy C reached the top first with a fairly sizable gap over Steve, followed by either Marty or Dave and then Paul. I have no doubt that Gabe and Billy could have pressed the gap and finished but there was some regrouping at the top other then Paul did not make the group so they were down to 5.
In the meantime, Ryan, Todd and I had ridden out Delmont and gotten back on the route on Westfall and waited at the top of the climb where the tower is. We waited 10 minutes without seeing anyone so continued on to Cedar Hill, stopping at the top of the "big" climb and soon a group approached. Steve O was hanging in there, but not sure Gabe was being put into the red, here giving us the thumbs up. Marty, Dave and Billy were there as well and this group of 5 finished intact with a 21.3 avg. I thought perhaps Steve was being carried as the token route knower but that was not the case. He was there because they could not drop him so the reputation of the Brewers, although bruised, was preserved, such as it is. Too bad Da Boss could not make it but then, the Yankees could have brought another 3-4 who are as good as those that came. The Yankees are seriously deep and I stand by my original claim, far superior to the Brewers.
Off Topic: Some of you knew a recent visit to a dermatoligist to have a couple of spots checked out had resulted in the removal of 6 "interesting" moles last Friday. I am pleased to say a call today informed me two of them are "abnormal" but not cancerous so I am in the clear.