Many of you have heard of the carnage from two crashes on Tuesday, one at the Dublin ride and one at the New Albany ride. Having interviewed witnesses to the New Albany incident, I can confirm it was the fault of Dirty Dan. True; Dan was not there but some how, some way he had to be involved. Sounds like Erik touched the wheel of the guy in front and thus set off a chain reaction that had 6 people down. Thank goodness, other than Erik's broken collarbone and Tym Tyler's likely separated shoulder, the others got off with band aids.
Decent turnout for this evening's festivities, including Kristian in center with Mick on the right.
Scott Billman won his age category at the Alpe d' Denison hill climb challenge a couple of weeks back. Paul was assigned the task of delivering the award when next he saw Scott so tonight was the presentation. Scott downplayed the achievement, claiming he was alone in the category but you can only compete against those who show up. Paul rode Pelotonia and was impressed with how extroverted was George Hincapie. George stayed for 2 hours after the ride to socialize.
Milt on the left, Michael center and well known Riveter Terry on the right. Michael was describing what he went through during the Tuesday crash. He put a bunch more thought into the actual crash, thinking how to hit and roll, how to avoid obstacles, all during the fall. My thought would have been simple; NOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!
The Cooks back from Utah while watching the Tour of Utah and riding many of the same roads. Peggy was hoarse from cheering.
We issued a couple of warnings about road conditions, altered the route a little and the Rivets were sent out, only 12 of them. Sooooooo, I rode out with them and you'd have thought there was a circus performance going on. I have asked Dan (cause he would never make fun of me) to send me the names of those who were insulting me so I can shine the white hot light of the blog on them. To answer one of the jeers, "You won't last 4 miles with them." I did. Actually, 14 and to the foot of the Hardscrabble climb where Aaron and I decided to throttle back a wee bit. To that point I had a 24.1 average.
We rode on up to the top of Hardscrabble where we waited for the A group. Staying on Hardscrabble, we then made a right on Northridge and quickly another right onto Stone Quarry. I much prefer the east bound direction of this road so that was good.
We regrouped at Louden and then covered Dry Creek, right on Burg and circled to the entrance of Denison U. I don't know if it was the Rivet effort coupled with the humidity or what but I was not feeling so good. Rather than do the Ebaugh Drive climb I stayed straight, went through Granville and waited at the bottom of Thornwood for the group. Soon, they came through but so too did.....
....the B group and I decided to go at a slightly easier pace. There in the distance was the A group but wait! They were spread across the road so the pace had eased up....I checked myself and felt much better so I.....leapt across the gap and rode the rest of the way with the guys and gals of Company A. A medium rain began a number of miles from New Albany and we all received a good soaking. I finished with a 22.3 average while the Rivets had a 24 average.
Back at the parking lot, bike cleaning was happening.....
....including Isaac, meticulously attending to his machine. Well, that's about it folks. Something for Saturday coming soon.
Would it be a Thursday without the chance of rain? Let me answer that one for ya cause it's easy; NO! But, the chance of precip is minimal and so little doubt we will ride. Come out and fill the ranks from C, to B, to A to Riveters. The routes (Yikes, the Ebaugh Drive climb through the campus):