78° NE @ 6 … group of 25 or so. Good to see a few infrequent Wednesday riders lined up. Chad, even with just short rides, kicked my followed-Martin-and-Jay-around-all-winter booty. Pace stayed heated from the beginning and the group seemed to be in synch and riding strong.
John, a rider re-joining the group this year, will be leaving us soon. I’ll be sad to see his large draft and late ride attacks go. It’s been nice watching another big guy, like myself, suffer under effort. Happy trails !
Jiiiiimmm makin’ it happen and lookin’ good:
I lined up behind Jay and stole half of Greg’s leadout draft at the St. Joe sign sprint barely nipping it at the sign. A few miles later I proceed to drop a water bottle (noob) that I blame on a new cage that is grabby and not bent just right to be tight, but not too tight. I turned back for the bottle, miss it on the first pass, roll by and had to double back again on the second. An 8 mile TT and a Flatville rest break later I was back with the group.
Sweet Pea throwin’ down an attack that gets reeled back in:
Legs felt good when it came time to hold a 27+ mph pace and managed to find some good wheels to follow. I somehow wound up behind Jay again and knew I was in trouble when he got on the front. Pretty much fried after holding his wheel(max speed?) and taking my own short pull, I go slowly off the back and form a pretty decent chase train collecting up the casualties of the fast pack.
At mile 50ish, a group of 6 or 8 decides to head out to the country instead of turning West on Windsor from east Urbana and heading home. Animals.
Speakin’ of, almost time for the FAT ASS race, sub-4 hour century gogogogogo!
Few pics from today’s lunchtime bike wanderings:
Found raw material on the eaves of the education building: