Nathan, my loyal cub reporter, furious over not being chosen to create the ride report, takes out his anger by wearing something that will cause me a headache just by looking at the image. Note too Mitch, tonight's ride leader, had access to the best parking spot, as is only right. Anyway, I was not able to make it to Tuesday so I asked Amanda, an ink stained wretch from the basement of this publication's printing department and aspiring journalist, to create something good. Barring that, at least put some words down so I could satisfy the craving of the loyal readers of the blog.
Tonight was a great night to ride in Canal as the weather was near perfect again. We had a nice turnout of about 20-25 riders, including GP, Nate, Ross, Donn, Eve, the Rossi tandem, Frans, Irish Mike, Oxley, Schleup, Mitch, Ryan, Pepe Le Pew (Kevin) and many others. Ric Noland also made it out to his first Tuesday night ride, as Kayla was recovering and watching the shop for him. I don't know the names of the A riders, but three of them were wearing white shorts. Oxley made the comment that maybe this was because it was labor day weekend. Dennis was wearing a blue and white kit, with his orange bike. I made the comment that this was not like the fashion forward Dennis I knew, but he said he simply did not have enough bikes to match his outfit. Nate was also wearing some kind of new "magic eye" jersey, apparently the viewer must diverge his/her eyes in order to see a hidden three dimensional image of Wilson creeping a pic! I just thought it was ugly. Frans, Eve, Logan and Ric all had their Cyclist Connection kits on and mine was dirty, there goes my discount. Ric did say my fuji went down to Lancaster, so hopefully I will have something different to ride soon.
Tonight's route was flat, and Mitch announced that the sooner we left the better as the longest route was near 40 miles. Most of the Bs chose the 33 mile route. The A riders took off, and I stayed behind to ride with the Bs. We took off shortly afterwards and on our way out, Mitch called "ok, C riders out!" The tandem was with us, and we had a nice pace going with Mitch and Ryan in front, Frans next to me, and me behind Mitch. I was thinking I would be able to stay with the group for the most part when the pace got up to 30 mph and people started passing me. I thought, stay behind the tandem. Stay behind the tandem. Then Irish Mike was saying, wow everyone's going up there! It's nothing but bare bones back here! I couldn't resist but try and stay with the group, and did ok but eventually they lost me, including the tandem. I could keep them in sight for a good time as we went down Winchester. There was a girl, Erica, who was behind me on a Felt F3. Eventually she caught up to me and pulled me at around 22-24 mph. That was nice, and eventually we caught up to Frans and Irish Mike waiting at the turn. We decided to ride the short route as well and made a wrong turn after Ringold Northern, but still ended up on Marcy and then took Sitterly in. I ended up with 31 miles and around an 18.3 average speed. I know that most of the A riders took a shortcut as only Oxley, Mitch, Kevin and maybe Ryan passed us on the way back.
Thanks to Steve Oxley for the images and a special thanks to Amanda for more then adequately covering for my absence.