Kyle and French Climbing Machine. Philippe wanted to know where were the water stops on the Blue Jay ride so ya just know he is already plotting, one bottle or two.
Good crowd out tonight, around 70 cyclists.
A creative way to park your bike, as long as no one steers their car into that spot. Then I made a bold move, I coasted into the....
....shady spot where the Riveters gather. It wasn't long before the stares began...you know, the "What do you think you are doing in here with the likes of us." stares. Only royalty allowed in here so I quickly scampered to the fringes and found....
....many non royalties, including Jeff S, Andrew in a wind breaker on a 70 degree evening of no wind and that Dirty Dan.
At the outer limits of the galaxy, these poor people are baking in the sun. No wonder the Riveters can ride so fast, they are so much more refreshed then everyone else at ride start.
The Riveters are instructed to roll and some of us watch. Good crowd of Riveters but I did not count, probably 15ish
And then the A group goes! There were 26-27 of us who headed out on the 56 mile route. Prior to the ride, there was quite a bit of talk among non Riveters that these routes are too long for the given amount of daylight. One mechanical of any kind and you will finish in the dark. I tend to agree. For a one-off Summer Solstice event then ok but every week to have a route designed to return you to the parking lot at dusk? We turned right on Watkins, climbed the steep hill off the bridge on Morse and regrouped. Someone told me I'd never be a Riveter cause I am too kind. Well, that's one of many reasons. We arrived in Granville with a 20.6 average and then turned left on the Jones Road hill. Ugh and we regrouped briefly here, our numbers down to 15. We climbed Welsh Hills and reentered Granville before exiting on Burg. Reaching the right turn on to Dry Creek, I turned off route and went left. I didn't want to do the Chatham loop and sat in to return solo but what luck!!!.....
...at the end of Stone Quarry I found Jared and Scott Billman (Scott having stopped to help Jared with a mechanical early in the route), Rick and Ryan. We worked together well and soon after arriving on 161, the first of the Riveters rolled by so some of us jumped on and then stopped at the Beech Road light. Marty, Kyle Z, Jon H, Ken B, Terry G...about 8 of them left.
Back at the parking lot, the top Riveters finished the route with a 23.5 average. I was at 20.2 for my 48 mile route, the top A group finished at 20.5 for their 56 mile ride.
We interrupt this torrent of good news and information regarding Saturday's Blue Jay ride to bring you tonight's route out of New Albany, 6:00pm behind the Philip Heit center. Wow, check out the distances for this evening's ride. As you coast down Burg Street, following the Rivet/A route, check your fitness and decide, "At Dry Creek Road, should I go right as does the route or should I go left and cut off that upper loop?" Sunset is 8:58pm. Choose wisely. The routes are: