Look at that!!! Rick Miller arrives to enjoy his first Thursday ride in awhile. He brought with him his gravel bike so he rode with the 2nd B group. Yes, you heard that right, there is now two, B groups due to the ballooning turnout and range of fitness represented by those who choose to ride in the B group.
Issac is in the house! Well, parking lot. Little League baseball has ended so he has some free time to invest in cycling. He rolled out with the A group and seemed more than fit for that group.
Peggy Cook disposing of extra Cycling Club jerseys and arm warmers. Peggy will be at the next Cycling Club ride selling more, $60 for the jerseys and $40 for the arm warmers.
Dennis G came out to ride. Why does that warrant a mention? He was riding in PA a few weeks ago and a deer jumped into the road, causing Dennis to crash. No word on how injured was the deer.
Large group, probably over 80, descended on our little parking lot. Since this is roughly the midpoint of the season, I pontificated a little more than normal while explaining the two B groups, designated regroup points for the A group, complimenting the Riveters on continuing to ride safely while riding like a pack of enraged savages, etc... Once I saw the eyes start to glaze over, I shut up so indeed I did get out a couple of sentences but no more than that.
Out the Riveters go, maybe 20 of them so they had a good group. They would cover the 52 mile route with a 23.7 average. Yikes.
I departed with a group of 25 A's. Above, we pause only, as it appeared all were here. Since the weakest of the group was here (me) then surely so too were all. The
A group would finish the same route as the Riveters with a 21.5 average.
At mile 19, I stopped to wait for the fast B group and only had to wait for 7 minutes as they quickly arrived with Cindy B leading the way. I jumped in with them and finished with a 20.3 average for the 47 mile B route. Those who started and finished with the B+ group had a 19.4 average. This group had only around 12 people but a lot of veteran cyclists who do not need any managing as we all know what to do in a group setting.
After the ride, many of us mingled, Rivets with A's with B's. The other B group finished with a 18.6 average. Ya know what? It all kind of worked out well this evening. Peace and tranquility reigned over tonight's peloton.