The estimates provides by those already arrived, given the earlier start time, was betweem 35-40 cyclists would participate. A low number as it turns out as around 50 came out. Damn, maybe we should keep it that way and have 70 mile routes next season?
Another hot and humid evening so of course, we gather in the lone shady spot. The trees planted several years ago, elsewhere in the parking lot are the farthest thing from a shade tree as possible. They may as well have planted poles.
Lot of the Audia gang, Ken B, Kyle, Scott, Travis, Paul, etc.. They confirmed they are making Tucson their spring training camp location for next April. I have pledged my service as a driver. I've put them on to the Saturday Shootout ride and several routes they can follow. Oh, I also got a look at their team lodging, wow, nice. On the slope of the Catalinas, overlooking the city.
Gus Cook alerted me to the Rivet/A route being on the bike path so we came up with a work around that took us south of Alexandria to Moots Run Road. So.....
….off we go with a huge A group of 26, following a Rivet group of around 10. We get....
….onto the open roads, here on Jersey Mill as I follow Paul Stock who was taking a rare breather at the back before once again going to the front and putting in a pitiless effort that left me gasping. I hung on though to Hardscrabble Road where the A route went right and I stayed straight. The B group finished with a 19.6 average, the A group at 21.8, the Rivets at a modest, for them, 23.8 and my blend of A and solo effort was 20.6.
Hey Gang! Thursday's routes are below. A special favor to ask of the elite members of the Riveters; can 1 of you look at the route so you know when/where to make the turns? Thanks in advance. The A group especially thanks you so they will not be tempted to attach themselves like an unwanted virus:)))) Remember, wheels rolling in earnest at 5:30pm