OK, so my route this Tuesday evening probably was one of the more boring this year, check that, it was the most boring of the year. Still, unlike certain other former ride leaders, at least I show up for the ride, actually ride the route and therefore have first hand knowledge of exactly how bad the route was. If your initials are R.R. you know I be a talkin about you.
Pretty good turnout of about 40 with a broad range of fitness so a good group of A, B and C cyclists. Here, Kevin H signs in while Steve O talks with Ted M, Michelin Man sits in his car readying himself and Patrick in the background prepares to apply a beat down.
Jon Morgan, gave me a nice compliment. After loading the route into Mapmyride, the "Big Hill" I described did not look so fearsome on the elevation chart but he concluded this pointed out more a deficiency in Mapmyride rather than calling into question my description. Probably after tonight my credibility has sunk below that of mapmyride. It sure seemed like a big hill from what I can remember of it but maybe I mistook it for a different climb.
They lined up in the shade, wafting to be called out and so, at 6:00pm exactly, I urged the A's to take off and momentarily, I invited the A/B group to go as well. Most of the parking lot took off, including the Rossi tandem, behind whom I planned to ride. Pretty pedestrian A group of Steve, Patrick, Nick, Randy B and Jon Morgan, with just a few others filling as pack fodder.
The A/B group looked stronger than normal with Ted M, Kevin H, Michelin Man Brian, Reynoldsburg Dan leading the way out, maybe 20-ish in total. Not much can be said about the route, it went straight east and then it came back straight west. Seems the A group missed a turn, added a few miles and ended with 53 and a 22mph avg. Our group mainly hung together, finished with 43 miles and a 21.3 avg. Kind of a boring evening but at least we did not get wet and the camaraderie is always good,
UPDATE--Forecast is looking GOOD so the ride is on!
Mark C led a group of us on a ride earler this year that included a monster climb somewhere outside Thornville. Wanted to try to get it on a Tuesday ride before diminishing sun makes it impossible so here it is. Flat to rolling route with one big climb in the middle. Sorry image is a little out of focus but will have maps in sharp focus on Tuesday.