Katherine G, showing off her new set of clubs. I am told she is becoming something of a legend at the local driving ranges. Hits a drive, starts running and can catch the golf ball before it lands. Spent last Friday at Muirfield following the pros around. Just a matter of time before the golf bug bites so deep she becomes a beer guzzling regular riding a golf cart at one of the courses we pass on Thursdays.
Elaine Schaaf, a first time Thursday cyclist who battled frequently with Kayla Starr in the Cat 1/2/3 races this year. She is the real deal and made quite an impression in the parking lot too. Dirty Dan, Dennis and I were standing behind my car chatting about nothing in particular when Elaine grabbed a towel, changed in about 15 seconds into her racing kit. Naturally, Dennis and I averted our gaze and repositioned our bikes so as not to watch but Dirty, well, that nickname fits now more than ever.
The splendid Farmer Mike, winning his age group, naturally, at the Mohican 100k race this weekend but also finished 14th among 44 in the 50+ category. Jeff in the background and Gus, sharing a laugh when I mistakenly congratulated Mike for winning the 80+ rather then the 70+ age group.
Our great ride leader, Shannon, turning to me for the answer to the question a cyclist posed, "What will we do next week when 605 is closed in front of the school". I'll be filling in for Shannon so we'll still meet on our bikes in the same place, since there is no way to get the word out to everyone but car parking will be wherever you can find a place. Plenty of parking options close by.
Very cloudy skies, which probably kept some away as only about 35 showed to ride. With no Grand Poobah to lead out a B group and no one stepping forward to take his place, we all shoved off together and let things sort themselves out on the road.
As we turned to line up and exit, Gus rides up to Muscle Dude and asks if that's a see-through jersey and are those really his ribs showing through. Some of the regulars were missing, Dave Chesrown is in Taiwan and now in China, touring factories, Jon Morgan not there, no Rob R, no Pete C, no Doug M, whatever happened to Chris Griswald? Marty was there but already had 110 miles on his legs from the day before, yep a pretty sorry bunch, well not really. Shannon, Terry G, Nick, Hasting, Gus, Mick, Muscle Dude, Surge and a few others.
All 35+ of us swarmed into the middle of town and then out old 161. The pace was kind of moderate with a strong pull or two put in by Shannon. We made a right on Mink, then Condit, south on Headleys Mill and still, a very easy pace, which usually means bad things. Yes, we turned left on Hollow and that series of hills. The green light was on and the group exploded. I hung with the main pack, crossing the intersection and going towards 310 when suddenly, and expectedly, my legs gave out and I gave up the chase. Quickly I fell in with Mick, Katherine, Jeff S, Dennis, Corvair, Farmer Mike and a couple of others. We missed the right turn on Morse, got back onto the route in Alexandria, making a right turn on Mounds, Turning right on Lobdell, the front A group passed us and here, Mick jumped in with them amid some shouts of alarm as maybe it was not the smoothest re-entry I've witnessed.
We turned on Battee and things got strung out where I caught up with Gus and Mick and thought maybe the three of us could work together and stay ahead of everyone but then, after turning on to Hardscrabble, we came across the scene below.
Surge was ok after a check by Gus, who sounded as if he knew what he was doing. Elaine too seemed to have experience looking for problems while Muscle Dude frequently asked people if they spotted any scratches on his new bike. Not sure who was at fault but it sounded that he almost stayed upright after riding along the grassy shoulder you see behind for about 30 yards but then went over the handlebars. Fortunately, he was ok. We approached Northridge and with the clouds and time spent at the examination, some of us went straight on to Concorde, including Surge, Elaine, Dennis, Jeff S, Katherine, Corvair and a couple others. Surge began to feel some discomfort in his shoulder and no doubt the road bumps were not welcome but he seemed to do better later in the route so hopefully it is nothing serious. We finished with 38 miles and a 21.3 avg......now.....mean while,,,,I have been sent this anonymous report of the action ahead.
It was very cloudy but no rain, the turnout was light. I had ridden 110 miles yesterday so that was fine, just wanted to burn some calories and have fun. Things were mellow early on which was great for me.
The group was smaller after Hollow and then we caught a few riders on Mounts that must have taken a shorter route. Then we dropped down that steep hill where Morgan over cooked it last year. I was up front with Hastings and we had a moderately
strong pace. Then Shannon and his sidekick Nick passed us with Craig in tow. I dropped back on Hastings wheel. I could see that Craig had dropped back a couple of bike lengths, that is a tough situation. He is no longer getting a draft but we were 5 bike lengths back. What do you do? When the hill started to pick up again I came around and passed Shannon and Nick and
only Nick joined me. The two of us kept up the pace and were joined by Shannon and Terry on Hardscrabble. Hasting was
chasing and although he falls back on the hill he was able to catch up when we stopped and turned North on Northridge. He was really excited that he caught us.
Then on the last hill of Stone Quarry, Terry got out in front and we dropped Hastings. I think that hill is a hard place to create a gap, they always catch up on the decent and turn onto Loudon. Then Nick really found some energy on Sportsman
heading East on the grade between Loudon and Northridge. I created a new segment and saw that we were only a few seconds off the KOM.
Here it is, this evenings A, B and C routes. While it is currently raining, do not despair, it may move through in time to ride.
6/6/2013 01:32:00 pm
Surge reminds me of Sada only he is more dangerous. Dude just goes blows up and totaly gets in the way. At least Sada just blows up and gets spit off the back
6/7/2013 06:21:08 am
Hmmmm....not sure I agree that I get in the way or that I am even capable of blowing up.I pretty much sit on the back of the A's until I get bored with pushing the pace from the rear, then make my graceful transistion into a solo ride.
6/7/2013 07:55:01 am
That's the way to handle it, with class and self deprecating humor. Any after effects from the crash?
6/6/2013 07:57:45 pm
Does "Witness" have a name....or does he/she just talk shit behind a cloak??
6/6/2013 08:18:18 pm
Many riders are trying to survive and that comes with dangerous moves from everyone in survival mode. We are all responsible for the front wheel and need to remember you will not get a trophy at the end of the ride so hold your line and keep the rubber side down
6/6/2013 10:34:31 pm
We all have those opportunities to aggressively pass someone who is blowing up but it needs to be done in a safe manner so that we can all ride home at the end of the day and not jeopardize the groups safety. If I had a dollar for every time someone blew up and did not split off I might be able to afford a new bike with fancy wheels. - witness #2
6/7/2013 05:09:16 am
As it's been know for years, no pull through thursdays.
Wow - I did not know Katherine played golf! And in a couple of weeks she will become my neighbor when she moves to G-ville. We'll have to get out there and get in a Golf/Bike brick sometime. Great courses are all over the Granville area...with the exception of Racoon Valley.
6/10/2013 11:56:49 pm
Looks like I'm going to have to stop being lazy up hill...it's being noticed.
6/11/2013 01:28:55 am
It appears that some of the thursday night crowd think that they can actually get paid money to ride a bike. NEWSFLASH!! Not one of you could hang with the last guy in the tour de france so the point is what? Enjoy the bike and quit riding to endanger other people when staying with the A's is really not that great of an accomplishment.
Leg Ripper Offer
6/11/2013 03:52:34 am
I pay myself in bitcoins to put the hurtin' on suckas
6/11/2013 02:45:58 am
I used to get paid to race a bike. I beat TDF racers on multiple occasions.... Just sayin ;)
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