After missing for several weeks, Mick (right) made it back for the Thursday New Albany ride. Retired, he accept a temporary position that caused him to miss riding with our fun bunch. Not sure if this marks an extended return.
You know how when the naked guy emerges from some hidden location to sprint onto a football or baseball field, the cameras don't show it anymore, even if the knucklehead is fully clothed? Showing the interruption only encourages more of it and so, I suspect by identifying the guys who go to the front and blow up our peloton I may only be encouraging more of it, which is not in my best interests. But, what the heck, I'll keep doing it anyway. This is going to be a very short ride report because I'm so disgusted I don't want to dwell on the disgustedly disgusting facts.
Another surprisingly large turnout on a 90+ degree evening. There were 60 at the start and a huge group of "A's" that totaled 23-25. Some of the usual group agitators like Marty, John G and Dave C (although he arrived after we departed) were not there but those two evil Trek guys, Pete C and Chris G were there. We headed out old 161 and there were a couple of surges but fairly modest until about mile 6.45. At that time, Trek1 and Trek2 churned to the front and put down the hammer. As if a grenade had been pitched into our midst, the peloton exploded with Randy Brown flying backwards, Christian, Dennis, Katherine, etc... I was hanging in there behind Stefano but inexorably, the rubber band was getting stretched until....SNAP...I was done. Quickly, mini-groups formed up and chased but they came and passed to quickly for me to jump on and soon, yes yet again, I was riding solo with Randy B about 100 yards in front and Dennis another 100 in front of him. Then, the group got caught at the light on 310 and Randy and Dennis caught back on but I had stopped riding hard and missed the chance. That's about it. The lead group came in with a 23,5 average on the 44 mile route while I was a social butterfly, spending time with the A group again then a group of B's and finished with around a 21 average. Hey...there is the Fed Ex guy outside with my new Garmin cycle computer. Well, got to go but I've been asked to summarize the ride opportunities for Saturday:
Steve O, Jeff S, Flyin Tuna, etc.. will be at Cyclist Connection at 8:00am to participate in a group ride originating from Canal. John Gorrilla has one of his brutal routes which, only 5 miles from my house is too good to pass, but it starts at 9:30am so not sure how many will turn out for that. John Morgan is joining a ride out of the Amanda High School to ride the lower half of the Pelotonia route I think at 8:00am and then of course there is the beautiful COP ride out of Coshocton with a 9:00am start although the sign up begins at 8:00am for those wanting to start earlier.