Strange Things Were Happening
It's as if some in our midst are competing in a game of "Who Can Dress the Wierdest". Below, Ryan makes the best comment, suggesting Steve O beat up a soccer player to grab the socks.
Grand Poobah signs in on an evening that attracted only 22 people. I decided not to ride during the drive down but others far braver than I did although I almost had Nathan talked in to not riding.
Jeremy has this size large wind jacket, which has never been worn. Probably it is really a size XL but Jeremy will sell it to whomever makes the best offer or if you don't want to pay anything then that is OK too he says. I'm not kidding. He'll bring it to the Covered Bridge ride and will transfer it then to an interested party. Anyway, below, Ryan Roe created the report for the
With the temperature dropping into the high 60's and winds blowing in excess of 10 mph, many cyclists were deterred from coming out for the Tuesday night ride. Even those with sign-in responsibilities refused to change out of their jeans and t-shirt, but at least it was a cycling-related t-shirt and the individual did make the drive to fulfill his responsibilities, so well done, I guess.
I rolled out with the B's, so I can't give an account as to what happened with the A's. I think they rode 38 miles and averaged around 20mph. It seems that Steve O forgot his socks and stopped at a nearby soccer field and stole a pair from one of the teenage girls who left her gym bag on the sidelines while she practiced.
Anyway, as the B's rolled out, we had a group of 7-10 and Kevin H quickly went to the front and started riding an A pace. Nathan managed to hang on all the way to Waterloo when he decided he had enough and turned his bike around in a tantrum and headed back to the parking lot (strange thing #1). When Kevin wore out from the A pace, Dennis took over and drilled it up the slight hill on Waterloo all the way to Slough. In fact, he opened a bit of a gap on the group, and when we finally caught back on at the stop sign, he made some remark about how he thought he rolled out with the B's but guessed by our slow speed that maybe he mistakingly rolled out with the C's. Hmm, Dennis complaining that the pace was too slow?? That was strange happening #2. I was first up and over the hill on Slough and maintained a bit of a gap (strange thing #3) on Slough over to Benson. We scooped up an A-dropped Todd L on Slough and we continued on to Winchester and then left on Lamb, Right on Lithopolis, and left on Rockmill Rd. I think it was on Lamb Rd when we realized that Kevin H had disappeared (strange thing #4) along with several others of our group. Also of note, I think it was on Kaufman Rd, when Todd took a rare pull up a hill. As he pulled, his head was spinning frantically as he judged how hard of an effort he needed to put forth to avoid being passed on the hill. In doing so, he forgot to watch the road in front of him and dropped off the edge of the road onto the gravel shoulder. But thanks to his bike handling skills and his vast experience of riding in the gutter, he avoided a crash.
So by the time we crested the hill at the intersection of Rockmill Rd and Royalton Rd, there were only the elite of the B's remaining - Mitch O, Dennis, and me. We continued on the downhill section of Rockmill and then hung a left on Crumley when we noticed that somehow, Jeremy had managed to catch back on (strange thing #5). Jeremy was on the rivet and was trying to keep the vomit down as we headed east and then north into the cold, misty wind. We made a left on Mt Zion and then a left on Royalton. I opened a gap over the first few series of hills but Dennis and Mitch caught back on as we crested the last hill, Jeremy was nowhere in site, probably puking in a ditch somewhere. From Royalton & Rockmill intersection, MVP Mitch pretty much took over and fought the headwinds for us as we headed back to Canal. Dennis and I would occasionally attempt to relieve Mitch, but it would only last a minute or two before Mitch would come roaring around to the front again.
We ended with 34 miles and what we were sure would be an impressive average, only to discover it was a measly mid-18's average. With the wind, the mist, the hills, and the cooler temps, that just didn't seem fair.
Strange Thing #4
9/8/2011 06:36:31 am
I just didn't have it in me Tuesday night.... not sure what happened, met up with Todd at Rockmill Rd and Royalton Rd and we rode back in for a total of 27 miles and 19.1 avg.
9/8/2011 08:43:49 am
Why so strange Ryan? Although that was a first for me being dropped twice on only a 34 mile ride. The second drop was certainly more abrupt than the first one! It felt good though to catch back on even if for a short amount of time.
9/8/2011 11:34:06 am
Wait a sec. You mean Dennis of YouTube fame went out with the B group? Anyone who can survive the 161 culdron with the New Albany A group, can handle the down hill rocket into Alexandria, hang on out Racoon Valley, cling with bloody nails out Louden and then only drop on Stone Quarry, should never go out with the B group. What a freakin sand bagger.
9/8/2011 01:09:18 pm
I don't think it was a tantrum... I think it it was... OK it might have been a tantrum, but I'm blaming houdini for working me over in the parking lot about not riding in the wind and hills accompanied by my recent motivational issues. Or... you might think of it as a charitable abandon. It kept the b group from listening to my complaining about the wind all ride.
The bigger story
9/8/2011 10:44:04 pm
I heard Paul "the hit man helmet cam guy" blew through a red light in Lithopolis. Seems very suspicious :/
9/8/2011 11:13:22 pm
Yes, that was the big talk in the New Albany parking lot. Paul Stock was seen blowing through a red light and certainly the evidence is available for viewing. We think Paul should do the right thing and post that part of the ride, recorded on his helmet cam, on YouTube.
9/8/2011 11:58:41 pm
9/9/2011 03:03:33 am
Speaking of getting dropped, Jeremy has agreed to sweep my slow butt into Canal next week. Fuji remains in Lancaster and hopefully they are working on it. Apparently Fujis are being sold online so they want to be sure I am the buyer. Been a month and a half....Any of you doing Covered Bridge on Saturday (weather permitting)?
9/9/2011 06:24:22 am
Ryan, let it be known that before I hung it up one last effort to catch back on I pulled Jeremy up Rockmill Hill. However, I must say that was all I had left and then he took off, so I guess you are right in saying he is the stud
9/9/2011 06:59:45 am
When Ryan refers to another man as a stud it has nothing to do with that person's cycling ability, if ya know what I mean.
9/9/2011 09:45:20 am
What are you trying to say Mark? My wife says I am a stud too, and that for sure has absolutely nothing to do with a riding a bike "if you know what I mean".
9/10/2011 10:43:42 pm
Just because someone recognizes another as a stud doesn't necessarily mean that they utilize that individual's stud services.
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