Kind of a light turnout for the Tuesday ride but making a rare appearance was Tim Tyler. Tim was once a Cat 1 racer and this year won the Masters Division of the Torelli Spring Series and won the 50-54 age group in the Ohio Road Race Championship (note Mitch T, a Canal regular, won the 45-49 division). But other than that, The Boss had no real competition, just the usual assortment of good, strong Boss wannabees. I again headed out with the B group that included Nathan, Flyin Tuna, Mark V, Kevin Kramer (celebrating a birthday) and 3-4 others. I couldn’t get out of the parking lot without Peggster yelling some obnoxious stuff at me but I showed maturity and did not inflame the situation.
The route was 38 miles, which seemed a little long for the available amount of daylight. We hit the Slough hill and picked up Amanda on the way up to add to the group and headed on out Winchester before a right on Kauffman, past the golf course, followed by some decent climbing out to Crumley. I did my best to keep the group together, admonishing another addition to the group, Retro George, to ease up and let a couple of people back on. I was truly looking out for the welfare of my fellow cyclists, as usual. However, the combination of effort from Nathan, George and even Tuna, conspired to cut up the group a little and eventually we were down to 5, with a short-cut thrown in to reduce the route. We rode into the parking lot with 33 miles and a 19mph average. Already there, having ridden the longer route was The Boss and Tim, with a 22mph average. I opened the trunk of my car and there was a banana peel. Who would toss a banana peel into my car and I recalled I had removed another a couple of week ago. The list of suspects with a motive to drop a banana peel in my car is a long one I will admit and I should be thankful whatever is left in my car is not ticking. However.....
Belinda, still feeling the rush of winning the New Albany sign sprint against THE Tuna, has signed up for a triathlon in Akron, set for this weekend. Good luck!