We got on to Greencook with a head wind. The pace was not so hot as guys who normally are drafting behind the stars of the "A" group were taking pulls at the front and guys like me, kind of hangeroners. were thrilled with this outcome. Conspicuous by their absence were Marty and Dave who typically would have roared to the front and begun mashing but instead, were hanging at the back. Apparently, the Wednesday Worlds had taken the starch out of their legs and they were recovering. We eventually got on to Clover Valley, and as we approached a right on Foundation, we could see the killer B group about a half mile ahead. We entered Croton......figured out how to exit Croton and proceeded on Bennington Chapel, right on Crouse-Wellison and a left on Appleton. The pace had slowly been picking up and along Appleton there was a surge that split the group and as we reached Dutch Lane on Louden, the "B" group was in sight and I figured this would set off a testosterone fueled charge and it did. It appeared Marty and/or Dave were now at the front and my time was running out at mile 27 with a 22mph average. We pulled around the "B" group, I saw some really nice folks in there and decided (OK was forced) to pop in with the "B's".
Then the "B" group decided to try to keep up with the "A" group but my legs were not yet ready so suddenly, I was riding solo and expected to for the remainder of the ride. But then, something unusual happened. As I approached the big hill on Louden, just beyond Stone Quarry, I heard a voice behind state, "See, we're starting to catch them." and here came a 6 member team of ""A's" who had previously dropped including, Ron, Kyle, Claude and Jason. Rode the rest of the way in with them for 47 miles, 1150' of climbing and a 21.6 avg. The front group had finished with a 23.1 avg so the pace had picked up quite a bit in the latter half of the route.