Having arrived Tuesday and then ridden Wednesday & Thursday, then the foot pounding 16 mile hike on Friday, I was ready to get back on the bike Saturday, joining an 18 member group ride. "Wayne" was introduced as someone you should follow if you wanted to ride hard so you know me, I stuck to his rear wheel and drafted.
The winter beater bike is still going strong, other than an annoying tick coming from the bottom bracket. Pay no attention to the Garmin as it is set for hiking so does not pause when the bike stops at lights, regroups, etc... so that anemic ride average is not representative of the blazing speed as I followed Wayne.
We eventually got to the base of Twin Peaks and the ensuing 7 mile climb to Moore Road. The climb is not steep, probably a 2% average but the pace always intense and we were soon down to three of us. Wayne continued to hammer at the front, never indicating he wanted help so again, you know me, I was happy to sit in back. After awhile, his laboring became so obvious I did the unthinkable, I pulled around and said I'd help! I know, like how out of character!!! Then Wayne dropped back along with another guy and I soloed to the KOM. I turned onto Moore, got overtaken by a large group of 30ish cyclists who were the Bicycle Ranch A group shop ride and rode 4 miles with them until reaching the above designated regroup point at Hobokan Park for the group with whom I started. Finished with 41 miles and on Sunday, both a ride and hike coming.
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.