The three of us got a little separated going up the climb but got back together on New Burg and rode west on Dry Creek. Having only three was not ideal and I wished that sand bagging Dennis had gone out with the A's, rather than punishing the B's. We needed him or others to make it a good working group. Ron was recovering from a cold so he was not at full strength and Jeff appeared to not be at full strength either. Paul Stock, somehow, had gotten behind us and came roaring by at the foot of Stone Quarry. I hopped on his wheel and hung on up the long initial ramp but lost the wheel during the ensuing shallower stretch and so I drifted back to my buddies except Ron was gone and it was just the enfeebled Jeff and I who tackled the Northridge hill, west on Sportsman Club, south on Castle, right on Dutch Lane, up the Miller hill and our average was dropping. Every time I took a turn at the front, Jeff would sit back for a minute or two and then go roaring by before slowing. I didn't know what to make of this curious behavior but chalked it up to fatigue or pride. Toward the end on Beech and Walton's Parkway, a huge group of B's caught us and I was startled at their speed. There was my boy Dennis, along with Gary, Dan, SuperDave, California Gal and others. Actually, I was glad to see this because the dramatically faster pace kept my average above 21mph, for 43 miles and about 1500' of climbing.
Jamie had hung with the A group until Thresher where he was 5th at the top but to far behind the lead group of 4 (Terry, Redhead Bill, Billy Campbell & one other) to catch on, finishing with a 21.6 average. Flyin Tuna had a good ride and finished with a 20.1 average but since she skipped the Thresher Hill, that probably would have been 17.4 with the hill. Looks like most of us are hitting the Honeysuckle Roving Ride out of Clear Creek on Saturday. HEY. Don't forget to vote in the Blue Jay poll below and try not to take a shot at the Kendas.