We took the southern route and headed out Babbit then over to Summit and onto the sharply deteriorated Cable where areas consumed by pot holes exceeds that covered by flat pavement. Man, what a mine field and some where in there we reacquired Jeff S. The destination was the multi ramped climb up Alward and one of the early arrivals, Gregory, skidded on the gravel and fell. The group hesitated for a pedal stroke before coming to the usual consensus, "Screw Him" and hammered up the hill. When we reached the top, I was pleasantly surprised to find myself with the lead group and feeling kinda ok. We got over to Hollow Road and first Redhead Bill and then one of his compatriots took turns at the front and I was still ok but now in second place behind Green Machine, not good. He dropped the hammer on a long pull and I hung on but when he finally pulled off the lead I declined the opportunity to take a turn at the front, thinking a pace of 12mph would not be agreeable. As I drifted to the comfort of a spot in the back of this group of 8, I missed catching on..Damn. I rode alone over to Weslyn Church, crossing over York where I heard a noise from behind and there was the welcome site of Group Killer, Dennis, Colnago Dude and one other. We hit 16 toward Granville, then the "V" of Silver before coming back onto 16 and into Granville. Out Raccoon Valley Road into Alexandria and out Jersey Mill, working our way home and finishing with 39 miles and a 22mph average with about 1000' of climbing.
Jamie believes, and rightly so, he is but a few rides from reasserting his spot as the king of the peloton. The pounding of running has helped to influence him to alter his training to add more riding and back off running. Seems to work ok for Da Boss, who ran a half marathon last Saturday, rode away from us on Tuesday, will ride 70 on Saturday and run 20+ this Sunday. Regarding the guy who fell, the squad was called and bandaged his arm.