Sooooo, statements were made that at first glance, seemed kind of suspicious to me. In Corvair's first post she said her brake locked up on a hill. Naturally, having never applied a brake while going up hill, I was suspicious. Then Corvair added that she "almost ran into the Rossi tandem", which if you are applying the brakes, how do you almost run into another bike? Corvair's statements produced many replies and at some point, someone called me and said they and no one else heard anything from her so they would have no reason to stop. Soooo, the investigators rolled out in search of the truth.
First up, interview the Rossi tandem with David Smith simply an uninterested onlooker. The Rossi's said Corvair was mistaken. She did not almost run into them, they almost ran into her when she suddenly swerved to the side. OK, fine simply a mistake with wording so no big deal yet, again, why would someone apply brakes going uphill? I also talked to the person who was leading the pack at the time, Kevin Hollingshead who never saw a bottle of cologne he would not bathe in. Kevin is known to set a pretty strong pace at the beginning of rides before fading to the C group. He said he was riding hard at the time so could Covair have simply failed to keep pace???? The Rossi's said the incident occurred at about 1 mile from the start so who, other than Grand Poobah, drops at mile 1 so that could not be the issue. Then I drove to Canal Winchester to interview....
....the owner, manager, Ric Noland, sole proprietor of Cyclists Connection, the shop which performed adjustment to Corvair's bike prior to the ride and more importantly, the person who first happened upon Corvair after she left the B group....hmmmmm....how could Ric be riding alone at that point if the pace had not been high so was it a mechanical that felled Corvair or Kevin, aka Pepe Lapew, riding too hard too early? Ric's response to my many questions was "No comment"......
I gave Ric another chance and threatened to drag him into the restroom for the water torture test but still, his loyalty to a customer being so great he would neither confirm nor deny any of my assertions or reply to any questions. What a standup guy. The investigative team thus ran into a dead end. We must give Corvair the benefit of the doubt that indeed, some how, the brakes locked going up a hill and for that reason and only that reason, she dropped out of the group and failing to shout of a problem, the group continued on. All are innocent of charges. Carry on people.
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.