The day began with a gravel ride on a mountain bike with Mike Smith and Flyin Tuna. It was more paved road then gravel and that doesn't bother me all that much. 35 miles with 3200' of climbing. One stretch going toward Somerset had super rollers, the top of each climaxing with 20% grades. Well, on to.....
...the Thursday New Albany ride. The posted route length troubled some cyclists so some adjusting occurred, for good reason.
Some stretching was going on too. Always a good thing prior to and after a ride. I need to start doing that.
Yeah, it looked and felt like November, causing some of us to raid our cold weather clothing including.....
....Chris who went full thermal including gloves.
That camera hogster, Luke R, photo bombs my carefully planned image. I think around 50 came out including....
....Lori, back from the rigors of racing and van living. She proclaimed the off season had begun.
The Riveters departed with no adjustment needed to their route of 41 miles, which they would cover at a 24mph average. Then of course, the A group got going and a healthy group of 15 B's, including me. I was glad for the relaxed pace but then as fate would have it.....
....we encountered this on Sadie Thomas Road. Taylor was the first to cross, then Chris, Enrique and me. The others of poor balance found a work around via bike. The down side to this is now I was in a group who wanted to do more than a B pace. Dang I should have gone with the others.
Even with only 30 miles, of course that water crossing delayed things, the sun was setting as we closed on New Albany. Later, the A and balance of the B groups pulled in and I saw a couple of people arriving probably later than they should be on a bike. We'll adjust things for next season.
The season is winding down and it went by so quickly. The routes for Thursday, September 6th: