During my drive to the start of KCBC, I noticed my car being followed by a strange van containing strange looking people. The van followed me into the field of parked cars and I was correct, there were strange people in that van, Mark C, Steve O, Tri Andrew and John. We arrived at about 7:40.
A group of around 25, known as the "Fairfield County Group" (even though several of us were not from there) gathered by 8:00, including Franz, Amazing Amanda, Flyin Tuna, Dennis, Poobah, Mark V, Kenda's Janet & Paul, Larry P & Lisa, Dan, Pepe Le Pew (Kevin), Jeff S, etc... We waited until 8:10 and still no sighting of the Mark C group, 8:15....nothing and several began to demand that we leave, what were they doing back there???? Finally, at 8:20 they rolled up and we all shoved off.
The hills come early and often on the KCBC route and the pace was what you would expect for a group riding 100, hilly miles, easier then the Tuesday Canal pace but not by too much. During one period of regrouping, I snapped the above image, just after Poobah, resplendent in red and white, finally caught back on. Everyone wants to know the name of the gym where Poobah intends to spend the majority of his time this off-season. I have my spies out there and will pay $10 for a good, authentic (or even unauthentic) image of Poobah struggling with the leg press machine holding more than 75 pounds. Anyway, we reached the first rest stop at mile 22 with a 19.5 mph average. Nice selection of food but a little early in the route for any major wolfing down of food so I nibbled on gorp and waited. Dennis came up with the line ot the day and may have been the one who posted it in the comments section elsewhere but I'll repost here, "What makes a women's wheel different from a normal wheel is the rim is made ultra wide so a women's rear won't look so fat." Dennis has probably lost a few fans by now and he desperately needs the off-season for people to forgive and forget his many welcome but classless contributions to the blog.
We left the food stop and kept up the spirited pace. I, sensing the 62 mile cut-off was approaching, senselessly burned my remaining reserves of energy attacking Mark C on a succession of hills and giving him long stares as I went around him just before each mini summit. After the 4th stare-down brush-by he wryly noted, "You're not doing the century route are you."
Soon, the cut-off was reached at mile 30 and Dennis and I departed the group with a 19.4mph average, which I note here because it wasn't going to get any higher. Dennis switched on the nitrous oxide reserves and rode away from me on Rt 60. Eventually, John Sada and friend caught up with me and I declined the invitation to jump on and draft but John said George was out some place. Sure enough, he came gliding by and I snapped the image. Heard later he has been riding and is doing CFC.
Prior to the start of KCBC, a couple of people claimed to have sighted Crazy or Retro George but I have the photographic evidence and, George is riding strong too. More to come on Sunday.
I stopped briefly at the next food stop and ate but few were there. Seemed everyone had taken at least the 78 mile route, if not the 100. Did see Farmer Mike just as I was leaving and did not see anyone the rest of the way in, finishing with 3700' of climbing and back in plenty of time to watch the Buckeyes.