The evening got off to a bad start. Flyin Tuna showed up and proceeded to seed doubt about the accuracy of my Saturday report, casting aspersions toward me, some of which were unfounded. Steve Hewitt, C ride leader. walks away, disgusted with what he heard. This season can not wind down fast enough for me. People have short memories. My integrity will be restored by next season.
Lori Nedescu back after a whirlwind tour of Colorado, Italy, Puerto Rico and on the verge of joining the new Whole Foods at Easton as the cooking coach. That sounds like an interesting line of work. I don't know how someone in that position avoids becoming fat. I'd be at 400lbs and headed north.
Rich Lewis made a rare appearance, chatting with Danny, Marty and Dave.
Good turnout, over 60 but I lost valuable image taking time trying to convince people to sign the sheets. Mike gathered a large B group and while splitting them into two groups.....
....Marty led out the Rivet group. I had talked Dirty Dan into joining, explaining that both Jon Hasting and Shannon, two notorious guys who enjoy pummeling us, were absent. Not that there aren't plenty of others capable of doing the same of course. A large group of 25ish head out. No sooner had we escaped the village when the group went single file. No warm-up tonight, just hammer city from the start. I cast a glance forward and this time it was Luke and Marty turning the screws. Those two, then two others than a looooong line. Then crossing Kitzmiller things were ratcheted up a notch before we reached the Beech Road light. I looked forward, who could be doing this and it was.....
....dang, Group Killer was here. He must have been keeping a low profile in the parking lot. Wait a sec...is that a time trial bike with aero bars???? He didn't drop into the aero bars while pulling did he? That would be a group ride, unwritten, rules violation. Plus it sucks to draft behind. Surely not?
The group sped out 161, already shorn of a few people when we turned left on Mink and as we approached Beaver, I had not yet had to brake for the turn when I looked forward and caught a glimpse of Shannon, already through the turn and riding hard. I had a sinking feeling.....later, I hooked up with Philippe and I think he said his name is Alfonso as we rode through Alexandria. Philippe headed back from here while I continued on the route with Alfonso. My average was around 24 which makes sense with the tail wind and some down hill. It began to drop precipitously.
I was fighting a bout of discouragement. It sucks to get dropped so early, causes you to question every ounce of ice cream consumed in the last month. I combatted the anguish by....trimming the route. A right on Corner (rather than stay on Hardscrabble) and staying straight on Louden (rather than turn through the school) brought me to Raccoon Valley Road where I turned left, entering and exiting Granville and in Alexandria, was overtaken by a very small group of Luke, Marty and 2 others. I couldn't imagine what had happened to Travis, Pete C and others who should have been there but later learned a flat had slowed some and a touching of wheels some others with these four all who had escaped the carnage. It was then, while Luke pulled out of line, that I noticed he was riding a cross bike with, yikes, with matching wheels/tires. I was again dropped on the climb towards the Beech light and then later overtaken by a large group of Jon Morgan, Lori, Travis, around 15 and drafted them for the entirety of the ride back to the parking lot....
...where the group gathered to share experiences. As my experience was not so good, I had nothing to share. I finished with a 19.9 avg while the front four were at 22. Twenty-freakin two with that head wind and the climbs and one of them on a cross bike???? Got a good route coming in a few for Saturday.
But wait! Not going up the Thornwood climb but going down it. Bet not many of you have climbed the back side, medieval that one. If you make it to the top, you ride the brakes all the way down to the stop sign. The good news is Jon Hastings is involved in a modest run around the Leadville, CO area so won't be there to punish. Who will take up the reins? Oh, Rick will not be there so little ole me will be there to sign you in, pass on an inspirational message and Mike will be there to break up the B group in the parking lot rather than on the road. See you in less than 24 hours. Get a good night's sleep and be ready. Remember, print your own maps: http://www.thecyclingclub.org/club-rides/thursday-evening-ride/
8/20/2015 11:20:04 am
Got dropped a bit on Mounts Rd then took a wrong turn onto Corner Road with a couple of the stragglers as we were bringing the group back. Darn...sorry about that guys. It's no wonder we lost sight of the group. At least I had a good ride into Alex...see you guys in a couple weeks.
8/20/2015 10:34:56 pm
Well if you didn't work so hard to cull the herd you'd have something left in the tank at Mounts. By the way, you didn't tuck into the aero bars while pulling did you? I took a quick look up as you made a right on Beaver and thought I saw you going aero. That would be sad to have your nickname yanked because of taking unfair equipment advantage of me..I mean us. Kind of like having a motor in your frame.
8/21/2015 05:07:43 am
Group Killer's FB page indicates that he has signed up for the triathlon world championships next year in Mexico.The triathlon he will be doing there is draft legal on the bike, so why does Mr. Kurek have any reason to ride his TT bike at the TH ride going forward?
8/20/2015 11:19:31 pm
Solid effort Group Killer and it was unfortunate we made the wrong turn with an effort that would have caught the tour de france break away. Just so you know it's no easy task to rotate pulls & recover from your aero pulls after we dropped the last few stragglers. I'm expecting better results next season when I'm 20 lbs lighter :-) Again Good luck on your next race!
8/21/2015 02:34:18 am
Diesel = Danny A me thinks. So, Mr Kurek did use the aero tuck??? Not cool.
8/21/2015 04:26:21 am
So blogger. With all those short cuts, did you have more than 20 miles?
8/21/2015 05:52:11 am
My position in the aero position is the same profile as my position on the aero drop bars. It is a TT bike but there is always still plenty of me to draft off of...I come to ride fast and always have been keen to ride in my aero postion. It's training after all...30+ A boys (and the occasional gal) certainly can hang with this trigeek.
8/21/2015 06:37:15 am
Well, some of the 30+ can hang with the trigeek.
8/21/2015 07:18:37 am
Shortstuff I pedaled my cervelo rca with one leg and exceeded 20 miles
8/21/2015 09:14:30 am
If I had a cevelo rca I too could pedal with one leg and do over 20 miles. It's all about the equipment.
8/21/2015 12:42:35 pm
I make all the pro's cry when they follow me on my cevelo rca with lightweight wheels because it is all about the equipment
8/22/2015 11:11:04 am
Now that is funny. Well done.
8/23/2015 03:52:27 am
Better yet Lori, I'll send my wife who already has some cooking skill. When is your first day at WF?
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