Thursday morning and I join Meredith (there on the left), Marty, Cindy and Luke mid ride for another gravel experience. I think I have things figured out now and what I need to acquire. We rode up Bagley and made a left on Opera Road. Nasty climb that one on Bagley with a 25% ramp. Then it was on to....
....New Albany but not to ride, just to observe. Dan is interested in organizing a ride that routes through Hocking Hills. I am hopeful but skeptical. Dan served a one year suspension for leading a ride that began in Lancaster and at mile 10 we were still in Lancaster, following Dan as he tried to lead us out of town. Long day that one.
A stranger rides in, Dave Chesrown. He's been spending time sitting in race cars rather than on a bike.
The Survivor, Jon Morgan, arrives, feeling good after riding into a truck the prior morning (see below).
A crowd larger than I thought, including Terry G, gathers. With the Buckeye game kicking off at 8:09 I wanted to see it in its entirety but not everyone is a crazed fan.
Quite a few new people were among the roughly 50-55 who came out, including a tandem. The C group had only 3 people and so probably we should put some effort into attracting more newbies. Maybe Veloscience can assist as Cyclist Connection does with the Canal Winchester ride.
I made some largely incoherent comments about a route change and beginning September 21, we move the start time to 5:30pm. With that, out went the Riveters who later, would travel the 40 mile route at a 23.8 average.
Hey wait a sec. Danny A hanging back to roll out with the A group. I must assume that he honored the code, behaved and took it easy so to be ready for a race this weekend. The A group got going and then the....
....B group. What a weird feeling to still be standing in the parking lot. Better get used to it. In a year or two it will be my new norm. I jumped in the car and headed east so I could begin downing alcoholic beverages and eating chips prior to the game. But wait! What's this.....
.....Logan P simply standing at the side of the road at mile 2. I checked to make sure it was not a mechanical but no, just the legs were not feeling it tonight so he was going to jump in with the A group. I continued but wait! There was.....
....the Riveters approaching the turn on Mink Road. Travis leading the way and I have heard some rumblings that next year there ought to be a Rivet group and then a Rivet+ group. Travis is becoming so strong, he is separating himself from most of the Riveters. That's it for today folks although I will post a Saturday ride in a few.
I ran out of somewhat creative ways to describe the omnipresent chance of rain each Thursday so will cut to the chase. Note the route has us going out Jug, a minefield of holes and crumbling pavement. I hope that the absence of any patching indicates it is on the schedule for paving? Anyway, there will be a parking lot adjustment to the route so pay attention! The routes: