I registered for a ride on Sunday on a whim, called the Fahrrad Tour in Frankenmuth, Mi. It’s “only” a 100k so that’s not exactly shaking anything up. What’s new is the “who” that I’ll be riding with. It’s considered a racing tune up ride so I’ll be riding with the big dogs. Daddy’s stepping off the porch.
Generally speaking, it’s historically a windy ride but according to the weather channel, we’re finally going to get a breeze break so we’ll get a good draft out of it at least. Also, and this can be a good or a bad thing, it’s a pancake flat circuit. The roads won’t be closed so I’ve been told to expect speeds to be “relatively tame” at around 25 mph (40 km/h), until they kick it in gear for the last 20k or so. “Kick it in gear” will translate to averages around 22-23 mph (35km/h) for the first 50 miles and somewhere near 27 (43 km/h) for the last twelve miles.
Generally speaking, that kind of speed has proven to be a little bit over my head unless we have a huge group and I can tuck in about half-way back and hide. I did that last year for the Assenmacher 100 and we did the first 58 at just shy of a 23 mph average (37 km/h), but when I say “hide”, I mean it. I didn’t take a pull up front after the sixth mile.
Sunday’s ride will be a different story. Because it’s a short ride, I’ll take a few pulls early, then hide for a bit to recover, but that last half, I’m going to give it hell and if I burn out, so be it. Funny how 62-1/2 miles, after a few year’s worth of 100 mile rides can be referred to as “short” or “only”. That is how it goes though.
Fortunately I’ve had a lot of rest this week. We’ve had rain every day since Monday – it’s been nasty so I was off Monday and Tuesday, got 22 in on Wednesday and I was off yesterday. The Mrs. and I will be going out for an easy 25 mile ride today and I’ll do something easy tomorrow (25-35) so my legs will be spun up but relatively fresh for Sunday.
I’ll be sure to post something about it Sunday afternoon or Monday morning.