Not much to say about the weekend. I attended the Tour de Cause and felt good about contributing to the cause but that route, oh vey. Understand it is to appeal to ordinary people and of that there were hundreds, which is good. It was odd, so many cyclists and other than Grand Poobah and Julia, I had never seen any of them before. Next year, I'll keep driving past Lancaster to Mitch's Rocky ride in Circleville. Now for the Tuesday New Albany ride. As usual, two groups formed, the B group with Rick Miller, Doug McConaha, Grand Poobah (all above), Jon Morgan, John Sada, Rusty, Gus & Peggy Cook, Dirty Dan, etc... and what is known as the "Club Ride" group which I understand is a C/D, no drop group. The latter group is intended for new riders or slower riders.
The Club Group forms in the distance as they prepare to depart. Around 10-15 of that group roll out under the watchful gaze of Grand Poobah. I had encouraged a friend to come out for that group, telling him it was a real C/D group ride and he'd be fine. In cycling, nothing bothers me more than Contador winning the TDF, just behind that is an A cyclist who drops back and destroys the B group and even more annoying is an A or B who drops back and destroys the hapless C/D group. What chickenshit behavior and apparently, that is what happened to the C/D group. They rode out old 161, dropping everyone but 3-4 guys. No regrouping and we saw these 3-4 saps going north on Alexandria as our group went south. Geesh, just go out with the B group and accept your fate rather than destroy the C/D group, Richard Craniums.
Our group rolled out, stopped soon by traffic and then we too headed out old 161, around 25 of us. A great group of cyclists and with few exceptions, we hung together into Alexandria, the loop farther east to Louden then back via Stone Quarry with a regroup at Northridge and then back, finishing with 38 miles and a 19.4 average. Denise, who crashed last week was not there so hope she is ok but Rusty, who may have not previously finished with the group made it around so that was good. I get a kick out of these accomplishments by fellow cyclists and just adds to my annoyance of how anyone can drop down a class and then exhibit such classless behavior.
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.