The legends of Thursday gathered, here Pete C, Terry and Billy Campbell. My goal was not to draft them but to head out with the B group and ride comfortably, getting ready for the agonizing ride Saturday out of Monterrey, VA. Maybe 15 went out with the A group, you know, the usual suspects.
Huge, I mean huge group of B's but then no one cares what happens in the B group, unless you were one of the 35 who started with the B group. The group was large, unsteady and on a sketchy Morse Road with lots of crummy sections on the right side. In fact, at one point, I turned to David S and said, "I'm, getting nervous riding with these guys." Lots of twitching going on as people avoided the worst of the pavement so I drifted back. There I found Tri Mike and Jeff Webb. Motoring along Morse and just before Watkins Road, I heard Mike yell "Man down". I looked back and of course turned around. Between Mike and I, we called 911 and Jeff's wife and had everything under control. Jeff simply did not have control of his bike when it hit a pot hole or crevice and he lost control and went down. Probably has dislocated shoulder, rib injury and of course road rash.
Meantime, back with the A group, a star showed for the ride, Kevin Henschel, who recently finished 3rd in the "Tour of the Valley" race in Pro/1/2. Kevin did not know the route and that kept him in the group but he showed of what he is capable when he rode away a couple of times. Certainly a shout out to Muscle Dude, aka Craig Rice who has worked on his climbing and finished among the first couple on the climb up Thresher. In addition to having massive muscles, he weighs over 200 pounds so that is impressive. The A group finished with a freakin 24.6 average.
I've got those images of beeeeautiful women in the memory and will post soon. Just running out of time for now
Shannon sent out the above route but a modification may be made because Hardscrabble and Concord are freshly chip & sealed.