Jared discovers, after pulling his bike from the car, his rear tire is flat. Hate when that happens. Jared is doing a 300k event this weekend.
Wow! Sokha's new bike. He has another set of wheels that have yellow accents to match the frame. The HH guys did well in a series of races in IN last week.
Deniece making a rare appearance. Work and commuting to/from work, prevents her from appearing more often.
A rainy forecast cut into the turnout and only 5 Riveters came out. When I asked the Rivet group to depart, they informed all they were riding with the A group. Ken, Paul, Pete and Ron got a chuckle out of our reaction. Many disbelieved they would ride like A's but in fact they did. I headed out with the A group, looking for a story for the blog.
The pace was moderate and we arrive in Alexandria with a 20.6 average. Then things got toasty as we made a left on Hardscrabble and that long climb but we paused at the top to regroup. Don't think everyone made it on but it was a legit regroup. Then off to Northridge and a right, ugh, for the Stone Quarry event. I hung in to the last climb and then......
....emerged from the pack to attack!!!! Actually, by the time I reached the front of the group with Pete and Paul leading, I was almost out of gas but I kept going while giving Pete a long stare. No doubt reminded everyone of the above image. I had a good gap for 5 seconds....ok, maybe 2 before Pete and all others swept around me. I went from first to last in an instant. We made a right on Louden and then Dry Creek where.....
....I was not feeling all that fine at Burg Street so I went right while the others stayed straight. After the Hardscrabble and Stone Quarry climbs, my average had gone up to 20.9. I stopped at the bottom of Beechwood, in Granville to catch the B group. I waited and....
....waited. After 20 minutes I began to despair. Just then.....
....Shannon K came by on a solo ride and I got caught up with him. Then the A group came through and I jumped on with them. Soon, we caught the B group and all yelled, "On your left!" so proper etiquette was performed and I was witness to it. At the top of the climb on Moots, I bugged out and jumped in with the B group. After crossing 310 on old 161.....
....in front of the construction site, Kim his a clod of dirt or other debris, going down. Kristian and Kristie also went down. Kristie is ok. Kristian had a deep cut in his ankle and subsequently was stitched. I think Kim's injuries are mostly scrapes but with no broken bones. Probably 15 of us lingered with most helpless to do anything but watch. Calls were made, a driver stopped and gave us a First Aid kit then Kristie suggested a get a group together and 8 of us headed to New Albany. Finished with 42 miles and a 20.5 average.