NEW UPDATE..I have been working the phone, twisting the arms, making various promises to ensure a turnout populated by all speeds and sizes. Rumor has it some elite climber types will be there along with a much larger representation of average cyclists looking to burn some calories at an "off-season" pace. Along with the usual suspects, I believe several Kenda team members will be there, some Team Rolls, as many of the southerners as I could get (the large cabal from around Canal Winchester), a few New Albians, Granvillians, a Heathonian, at least one Newarkite, a few Columbusotians, a teacher and candlestick maker will be there too. At 65degrees and sunny, it should be a great day and the ride organizers are looking forward to seeing everyone.
This Saturday, at 9:00am starting at Granville's Wildwood Park is the first annual GRANVILLE CLIMBING CHALLENGE!!
All are welcome to enjoy the 62 mile route that will start on familiar roads up to Utica before striking out on all new roads that are distinctly hilly and sure to help you burn millions of calories. For those serious about a high intensity pace, there is a cash prize for the first to follow the route and arrive in the oarking lot. Along with the cash prize is an official victory certificate (suitable for framing) and a stuffed goat (think of that Tour de France stuffed lion). For the last place finisher is a stuffed Rhinosaurus. There is sufficient flat riding along valley floors but punctuated by a few significant climbs that should bring the total elevation gain to around 5000'.
Come join your cycling buddies on this sunny Saturday for a slow or fast pace. Large maps for easy reading and food stops in Utica and Wilken's Corner. See you there!
The slowest rider award will be a giant stuffed Rhino, indicitive of a very slow moving entity. Above, I took a picture of the Rhino next to a very large pumpkin to give proper size reference.
Podium Girl for Saturday's Ride! Amanda Orr, who frequently refers to herself as "Hot Mama", has volunteered to be the PODIUM GIRL!!!! for awarding the prizes to the winner of the fastest rider. In addition to handing out the prizes, Amanada will also give two very quick pecks to the winner's cheeks (shorts can stay on if desired), just like at the Tour de France!!!!! This cycling event is starting to become a big deal. There could be thousands of people for the ride with Amanda's commitment.
According to Dennis C, this image is of me as a child. This is too funny. One person came back and observed I had not changed much. I am going to use the offseason to look inward, become introspective and try to figure out what I do to compell people to express themselves this way. I promise a new me beginning January 1. I will become a revered and beloved figure in the future!