Yes, the sidewalk and parking lots were filled with cyclists in a gleeful mood as demonstrated by Todd Larson, who photobombed the image but that's ok as it added much to the image. I walked into the Veloscience shop and....
...the place is packed with new bikes. Some where in here is Scott Billman's new ride which I am told has a motor in the frame but it was in a roped off area and I could not get close to it. Later, somehow, lots of people carmmed in here for Mellow Mushroom Pizza and Kristie's cookies.
I wandered out to a filling parking lot and hey, there is Dirty Dan, Flyin Tuna and Steve Oxley, ready to roll.
The Cookie Lady, Kristie on the left with Don N and others with whom I would end up riding the 40 mile route.
The odd thing about today, other than a one in eleven billion weather day of sun and warmth (sort of) was I did not recognize very many cyclists. Some who I thought would be here were not but on the other hand, you could be my brother or sista and with all that clothing, I would not recognize you
The crowd mounted and I counted a bit over 80! Amazing! Some Riveters were here like Philippe, Doug M, Travis, Ken Buddell, Danny A, Kyle, Sergej, ...Riveters disguised as A's; Scott Billman and Paul Djupe, etc... It got to be about 10 after the official start time when suddenly a guy wearing a Veloscience kit (maybe Geoff?) rode through and....
...we started to ride except for the dude in summer clothing who crashed but quickly remounted and was good to go.
Steve Fields on the left and others got stopped at #62 and already the large group was split and slit many times at various stop signs and intersections. I got in with the Kristie and Don show with Allen, Andres, Michael, Cindy and a couple others. Good group and we motored around with....
...a few stops to regroup. A great day for a ride and we finished with a bit under an 18mph average. Others on the long route finished with a 20.5 so no one was killing it and watching the Strava Fly-bys, looked like other groups regrouped too.