Crazy George on the left, Michael on the right. George had a spot of bad luck when he placed his Garmin computer in his cycling shoe to make sure he did not forget it the evening prior to a ride this week. Next day, puts his foot in the shoe and steps on the computer, breaking it. I hate when that happens. The saga continues with his new bike. The pedal issue has been resolved but now he is dialing in the seat height and that is taking time. Also sounds like he is riding every day so I think he is attempting to bring himself to peak form prior to unleashing the climbing machine on us.
Michael marveled at the average speed of last week's Thursday ride, 25.1, and wondered how close it was to a pro's time had they too been out. Good question and couldn't guess but a long way I suspect.
The sky was blue, the temp was good, the wind was nil and only 12 showed up for this evenings New Albany ride, including Deniece, introducing us to her new bike. Also there were Jon Morgan, Greg, etc...
The traditional 38 mile route was probably going to be too far, given the available daylight so Axel and Gus put their heads together and came up with an alternative, 33 miles that left out the Stone Quarry rollers, too, too bad. So, upon reaching Hardscrabble, rather than turning right and a quick left as usual, we turned left and upon reaching Northridge, crossed onto Concorde and got back on the route. Cruising on Duncan Plains, I checked the time and it was 7:10 but the sun sat very low in the sky and I wondered if we could cover the remaining 13 miles prior to the 7:40 sunset.....
....no actually but we were close and arrived with 33 miles and a 20.3 avg. I went out of the draft to take the picture and lost the tail but didn't matter since I was so close to the end. We had kept the group together with a couple of regroups and soft pedals since we wouldn't want to leave someone out there in the dark.