Surprised that so many came out for a cold but sunny start to our 45 mile ride from New Albany to Granville and back. Even Dustin, on the right was there, a guy who rides like he is on the bike every freakin day but this would be his first ride since October. Meredith on the left with Don and Kim, Larry P in the background.
Hard to take your eyes off the custom made leg warmers but behind that is Meredith's new bike.
Jeff S on the left with Connor and Eric. I had promoted the ride as an "off season pace" but with Connor I should have said "off season pace divided by two subtract 50%" The kid killed us but then so too did Dirty Dan, Eric, Dustin, Don, Larry...well pretty much everyone turned the screws on me. Hiking around AZ does absolutely nothing for cycling while the reverse is not true. Or, I just suck at cycling no matter what I have been doing. Yeah, that's probably it.
We head east. The most remarkable but unseen point to this image is while wearing lobster gloves, I managed to extract the camera, push the "on" button and snap the pic while also reinserting the camera into my jacket. I was a wee bit over dressed while also using arm/feet warmers. Toasty is probably the correct word to describe how I felt at the ride start. By mid point of the route, sweat was pooling where ever there is a cavity formed by layers of fat so I was carrying a lot of extra weight! We lost Kim and Meredith in Alexandria as they selected a direct route back to NA. We arrived....
...in Granville with an average speed above 18mph. We sought relief in the coffee shop on the main drag through Granville. Don said his coffee was the best he had tasted in a long time. We lingered but not excessively, emerged back into the sun and headed back. Some of us struggled (I won't name names) on the return but we always regrouped for her. The pace was still kind of high and I think the average was 17 at the end while fighting a small head wind.
Ride out of New Albany behind Veloscience/Starbucks, going to Granville for a quick stop prior to returning. Route is easily cut short if you want. 11:00am start following this route:
Off season pace but if you want to move faster, no one will whine about it.