First things first, visit Cyclist Connection and sign in for the Canal Winchester Sunday morning ride. Appeared that the bike repair portion of the business was booming. Actually, the entire business is doing well.
We begin to gather to hear the pre ride announcements including....
...two of the great personalities of the peloton; Flyin Tuna and Kenda Janet. Janet was recently put in a tough work related spot and rather than move to NJ, abandoned the life of a high powered executive flying the world on corporate jets drinking champagne while glancing downward at the little people. Now she has launched.....
....her own business! How about that. Although just started, utilizing contacts from her prior high flying life, clients are already on board. Since this blog is visited by the powerful of central Ohio, I'm putting this out there for your consideration. Now, back to the....
....inaction. Today's ride leader, Brad Blair, gives us route information and with that, we are off into.....
....the beautiful countryside to the east and south of Canal Winchester. We visited Beck's Know, Christmas Rock and other notable climbs, always with a fierce head wind.
Many red jerseyed figures approach on Revenge Road. At mile 36 we.....
....stopped in the small town of Amanda for refueling. Larry P on the left, Amanda, Lisa, Jeff, Larry, Frans & Cindy. Finished with 54 miles and enjoyed the tail wind for most of the final 18 miles. Ugh, forecast not looking good for a few days.
No doubt there will be 1-2 options originating from New Albany posted later but given the Sunday forecast of winds building throughout the day from the south, the Cyclist Connection bike shop ride, 9:00am is the place to be for me. Route is: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/2531328#
The Hastings arrive and are undeterred by reports from the field (cyclists arriving via bike and reporting on the wind) that the wind is buffeting the bikes.
Aaron C and Kyle Z are committed to riding. So too was I but seeing mature trees bent in half caused me to second guess.
The turnout was light although this was prior to the arrival of the late arriving crowd. I even saw a....
...whirlwind. Check out the airborne dust. Reminded me of the windy days in AZ.
Ride leader Rick Miller was a no show so I was pressed into service to make the usual pre-ride announcements. Does not appear that anyone is listening.
OK, I had not really started talking in that last image, otherwise at least one person would have pretended to listen. I sent out the A group.
Wow. A lot of people wearing the "Cycling Club" jerseys. A gaggle of them above. The Riveters finished with a 24mph average while the A group was at 20.6. Wonder how the wind blown outbound average compared to the wind brake inbound portion?
And so, another Thursday evening New Albany ride arrives and with it, a less than optimistic weather forecast but maybe all we will encounter are Hell winds out of the southwest rather than rain.