We arrived back in the parking lot with a 19mph avg, 43 miles and 2100' of climbing. Now...BREAKING NEWS.......Ryan R has just sent this excellent report from the A group:
Members: Randy B., Craig B., 14yr old Nick, Ted, Lil Diesel, Ryan R, Steve O., Mark C. Miles: 43 Average speed: 20.8mph Over the 1-2 combo of Slough & Amanda Hill, our group of 8 rode away from the remainder of the A's. Randy and Craig took turns pulling us around the 43 mile course. Occasionally, Steve would ride next to Randy, just to mess with him. Steve wouldn't pass, he would just ride next to Randy without saying a word. If Randy dropped back, as any normal person riding in a paceline would do when some idiot insisted on riding along side and shooting goofy looks, Steve would do a 5-second sprint, then put on the brakes and coast back to the 3rd or 4th spot in line. He would repeat this maneuver nearly every time Randy was finishing a (long) pull. I think Steve still has a lot of pent-up aggression from the abuse he used to take from Lawyer Mitch... I guess he feels it is now his turn to be the passive aggressive rider. Aside from surge-master-Steve, our ride was fairly uneventful, with one exception. Steve and Mark like to coast up hills. I was caught by surprise and nearly rear-ended Mark on Royalton. We made the first decent and then about half way up the 2nd, I was quickly approaching Mark and was expecting him to start pedaling at any second, so I didn't adjust my speed accordingly. It was too late when I realized that Mark and Steve were going to see if they could coast all the way to the top of the 2nd hill (slowing to about 10mph) and I was forced to jam my brakes to avoid slamming into Mark's rear wheel. My abrupt braking kicked off a chain reaction of panic braking and swerving behind me (and shouting). I owe those guys an apology. Sorry guys, I really screwed that one up... just thankful everyone stayed up. Craig was impressive as usual. This was his first ride of a distance over 20 miles this year and he seemed to be able to effortlessly cruise along with us, taking more than his share of pulls as well. A very strong and handsome fella managed to stay in the draft the entire route, only sticking his nose in the wind to take a few (2) token pulls. He then shot out of the peleton and put down a monster sprint at the end and blew away any contenders to take the Official Lithopolis Sign Sprint. Nick might just be the best 14yr old rider in the Midwest. He is plenty fast, but also very smooth and easy to ride with in a paceline (unlike myself and surge-master-Steve). He rides as if he has 20 years of experience... well done!