Arriving at 7:30am for an 8am ride, there are lots of cyclists already gathering to participate in the annual Thanksgiving ride hosted by local Cat 1 racer Tim Carolan. This year, Tim partnered with "Look Save a Life" and charged a modest $20. The event was capped at 100 cyclists and filled quickly but they still accepted day of ride walk-ups. Can't guess how many were here but way more than 100.
The local television news outlets all sent a crew to shoot video and we had a police escort for part of the route.
Wow. KOLD Tucson News Now was here!
Tim is in red, having given a brief introduction with the representative from "Look" also making brief remarks. The latter appeared overwhelmed by the turn-out and collected funds.
And so off we go into an unusually cloudy day with a start temp of 54. Some of the locals dress like it is 34 degrees. I saw more than one balaclava being worn, lots of leg tights, jackets, ear warmers and of course arm warmers.
Riding 2 x 2 stretched the line out for like forever. Yesterday, I had a hard hike (not on the blog yet) so came out to take some images, loosen the legs and having done so, turned around. Yeah, no surprise with that. The pace was quite moderate by design, at least of the 5 miles in which I participated:)