Mostly recaps of two wheeled rambles through the countryside, but sometimes thoughts on other things.

Monday, July 15, 2013

C C Rider Weekend

No, not really a blues fest, just a couple of "c' rides slung back to back. Of the two main riding groups in town, Montgomery Multisport (MMS) features priamrily serious, go-fast, event training types.This picture is from their FaceBook Page:


The other, the Montgomery Bike Club (MBC)has a few racers (and good ones) but also caters to a wide spectrum of riding types. On Saturday, I did a guest shot at leading the MMS "C" ride from their retail store. It was 31 miles, and about 1/2 flat and 1/2 rollers. We had a nice showing and some from each local body came out to pedal, so there were new faces to meet and greet as we went.

My pace ended at 15, which is a tad high for a C ride, but it seemed to fit in okay. The group was very happy to paceline behind me the entire 16 miles out bound INTO the wind. Strangely, they flew by me on the return trip. No one offered to pull for ME. Max later told me that as the lead group got within a mile or so of the end, Michelle got down on her aero bars and said, "Okay boys, let's take it to the barn," and promptly dropped him like he was hauling cargo on his bike. I'm seen that routine before :)

Everyone, including Max, seems to have had a good time. Recent road bike recruit Heather is lighting it up on a bike that fits, Pam is back in action, and newer rider Barbara makes consistent gains in pace and distance. So does Brian who is starting to consider a road bike. It's always great to see beginners develop and move on to find the place they are comfortable riding at, regardless of what it is. Gary is back out on a bike after a long (non cycling) accident induced lay off. We hope that Phil (cycling accident) fully heals up fast and gets back in with us.

Sunday, we did our normal relaxer ride and again had a nice turn out, include 4 new riders. Rain looked likely, so we held it to just a 16 mile out and back on quiet roads. It was still fine. Walter provided the blog material for the day. As have so many others before him, he tried unsuccessfully with two CO2 bottles to get a flat re inflated. I offered my Zefal frame pump and although it was sweaty to use it, the tire aired up just fine. Walter did a creditable job getting the bad tube out and changed, but Mike Munk's all time tube change record (30 seconds) was never in jeopardy  Here's Walter leading the pack out on Sandtown Road.

Again, a good time was had by all.  My legs are itching for some hills though, and I packed a bike for this week up in Northwest GA. No excuse to complain when they kick my butt, right?  Next Saturday looks to be another rollers ride, but longer than the C excursion, although in the same part of the world.

So, Two C rides in a row.  Still felt like a good weekend and with all the recent rain, it was a pleasure to get OUTSIDE.

Hope you're enjoying whatever miles you are riding!


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