Prior to the ride, Karen Rossi, she of the famous Rossi tandem led by husband Mark, was talking quite a bit of smack. This normally mild mannered and dignified woman had taken on the personality of a brash, NBA point guard. "We're riding stronger then we ever have.", "I doubt there's a tandem anywhere that could beat us." and "I 'm trying to talk Mark into riding with the A group to show those putzes just how strong we are!" Actually, I wish they had because I thought riding behind them for 44 miles would be a nice recovery ride but it was not. Anyway, 3/4 of the way through the route, what remained of the vaunted A group, having taken the 48 mile route, approached.
Swiftly, Billy C, Euro Patrick, Dustin, Steve O and Scott, pulled away. Karen was heard grumbling but not sure what was said.
Suddenly and without warning, the stoker quickened the pace, forcing Mark R to put in a rare bit of effort (we all know Karen is the real muscle behind that tandem) and with that, the tandem began to gain, here with Nathan struggling to hang on.
Here, the shocked 5 can only watch, helpless as the tandem passes and pulls away. I had to put the camera away at this point as I was getting left in the dust. Poor Billy C, as if having Dennis and I cling to his wheel at an earlier ride was not bad enough, to have a mixed couple tandem pass him, I don't know what to say. More to come later.