We dropped south on Babbitt and the pace was fairly light. The highlight of this stretch was seeing Amanda take a pull on the left side and Cindy on the right. I drew everyone's attention to this rare pairing of two of the female titans of the peloton. I began taking bets on who would tap out first but also figured pride would cause both of them to blow up before being the first to fall back. Each put in a nice long pull and dropped back about the same time. We then got onto Cable and that rough stretch and by now the group had thinned somewhat but still, there had to be 25+. We made a left on Headley's Mill and a couple of attacks ensued and then a right on Patterson with that long stretch of mostly uphill. Dennis had gotten to the front at the bottom but did not push it and most hung on to the top where we turned right onto old 161, eventually reaching 310 and Jersey Mill. I drifted to the back here just in case the pace exceeded my ability to pedal but arrived with 11 others in Alexandria. We next hit Mounts and another long stretch of mostly uphill all the way to Hardscrabble and there we were down to 6 people, Jeff S (taking it easy prior to a hard ride in WV this Saturday), Kevin H (regaining his form), German Franz and those two young and skinny guys. We got to Northridge where Kevin did something curious, with a car approaching from the left, he bolted across with me yelling "Clingan!!!" However, instead of moving to the right side of Concorde, he stayed in the middle and the car turned and almost took him out. Some of the guys were muttering unpleasant comments about Kevin but I defended him by saying loudly, "Who brought that guy out" and "Man that dude is dangerous, let's ride alongside him and shove him over." What are friends for, right?
Kevin took a long pull but also a very moderate one and a few people managed to catch back on and we continued on to Johnstown, down Caswell, over to Green Chapel and on in with 40 miles, a 21.2 average and 1150' of climbing. On the way in, we passed Paul Stock, Colnago Ron and Gus, fixing a flat. Otherwise, I don't know what the A group did or if they even followed the official route.