Our visitor from Denmark (not Sweden as I erroneously reported on Tuesday) via Florida, Mikkel, spends his last day in Ohio. Back to Florida after a stop in GA for a tour. Bet he enjoyed riding our roads.
Paul Stock, Euro-Patrick and Craig Rice finished together on Tuesday. Patrick said it's the hardest he's ridden yet finishing with an average in the 19's.
Randy Brown's famous socks. Once navy blue, through the years they have faded a little.
Shannon Kurek barks out the pre-ride instructions. Note how much room everyone gives him, just like in the peloton. So significantly do his shoulders bob and weave that the peloton always goes single file when he takes a pull. Riding alongside him is possible but one would have to ride left of center to avoid being bounced off his bike.
Grand Poobah accepts responsibility for leading out the B group. He does but soon flats and goes back to his car to replace the tire and then heads out counter clockwise to find the A group.
Around 23 roll out with the A group but overall the numbers were down because of ominous weather radar that overstated the rain and probably the heat and humidity cut into the numbers too. We rode out Waltons Parkway, made a few more turns and then had a very long stretch on County Line, going straight north. Rod Budzik and I were a little too close to the front, setting off the internal.....
....and so we drifted back to the back. The pace was not too high and without a major climb, I was not sure why but I am the last person to question reasonable speeds. We headed east on Wesley Chapel, then north on Clover Valley then, and I should have seen this coming, the lead guys hammered after turning right on Foundation. Gaps punctured the group but I was able to close and hung in there until I think Shannon began sprinting and.....
.....the beasts had devoured the Wildebeests. I was out the back at the village sign sprint and so formed up with Jeff S, John Day and one other guy. They behaved as if they intended to catch back on and may have as the group slowed going through town but I had enough at mile 17, riding the balance of the route alone. I thought for sure some A's or the B group would catch me but I suspect the other A's took the 47 mile turn while I took the 40 mile route. Finished with a 20.4 avg while the Marty, Dave C, Craig, etc... group finished with 23.5 avg. Sounds like quite a few guys will ride the Hillacious Hill ride on Saturday and then also Mt Mama the first weekend in August.
Here it is, from Shannon, for tonight's sweat-fest. Tonight is a 3 water bottle night and more can be found at Shannon's site: http://hfpracingnews.wordpress.com/2013/07/17/new-albany-cop-ride-thursday-july-18-2013/