Another Thursday, another evening under threat of rain. I fielded a call from one alarmed cyclist, Decent Dan, who said he was going to stay local so he would be close to home in case of rain. I had to bring out the big guns, the "man card" assaults and was thus able to convince him to come. The parking lot was not looking good for a good turnout as Jon and Kim await the shove off time.
Scott Billman on the right describes participating in a Masters race at Newmark, OH. Scott led all the way around but rather than gift him the 1st place finish as a show of gratitude, some one came around and nipped him at the line. Mitchell and Paul Kilroy finished 1,2 in the Cat 4/5.
And then, with a few minutes to go, people swarmed from all directions and we had a good sized group after all. On the left, Scott E just back from Italy, Kevin, Kristie, Milt, Chris I, Michael and oh yeah, Steve who once again nailed the forecast of no rain.
I clung desperately to the A group but as the left turn onto Raccoon Run approached, indicating the point where the B route departed from the A route, Jon and me left the group. We made the obligatory left on Stone Quarry and then waited at the top of a climb to see who arrived first from the A group. H&H led the charge.
A slight gap and then came the others. I shouted encouragement but they did not seem to need that. We waited for the B group and soon, they too approached led by....
….Mike M, then Ron, followed by a host of others. We jumped onto the tail and began the western return.
Thickening clouds supported by a hidden sun made the return dark. Jay and Jon lead the way as we wondered if we would arrive prior to the rain or the setting sun. We just made it. I with a 20.4 average, the B group with a 20.2, the A group at 22! The Riveters with a 23.8 average. The Saturday ride option coming.....
Like sands through the hourglass, daylight is slipping away. Alas, sun sets before 8pm now so the route distances are slipping too. But! Still over 40 fun filled miles for the Rivet/A route and have we got a surprise for you C riders!!! Someone even more capable, funnier, wittier, knowledgeable of all things more so than Steve Hewitt will be there to lead you around your 25 miles. The routes: