It wasn’t the fastest club ride of the Year but it was pretty close – call it within 30 seconds.
We had a huge B Group, we were at least 25 deep. The A group… they weren’t so lucky. I think they had six or eight, so they offered to roll out with us for the first half and keep the pace between 22 & 24 mph – a rare first.
It was 93°, impossibly sunny, and just a little breezy, another perfect night for a ride. We have been blessed this year as perfect days for a ride go, if it was a bit on the warm side.
We rolled out at 20 mph and I made a joke to Chuck that I’d be surprised if the pace lasted for more than two miles.
Try fifteen. Miles, not feet. Not yards, meters or kilometers. Miles. The A guys all stayed up front and pulled us around the route at a reasonable 21 mph average pace. It was so awesome I didn’t bother taking any pictures of the ride in progress. I just rode it, with a wide grin stretched across my face the whole way. It was awesome. Of course, me being me, I pulled through at the front. I simply can’t not do my part.
What would normally be a test of will to hang on at 28+ mph, was a fantastic ride for all.
And right at the 15 mile mark, they simply pulled away.
The rest of the ride was a blast. I spent a ridiculous amount of time up front and led an awesome 30+ mph lead-out to the intermediate sprint.
For once, I didn’t participate in the sprints. I was lead-out and I did my job with a smile on my face. I so dig being up front for a charge like that – it’s almost as much fun as the sprint.
After the ride, Dave (one of the stronger A guys) came up and asked if they’d kept it reasonable enough for everyone. I almost fell over.
It was a great ride for us.
I did my rounds, shaking the hand of each A guy. I thanked each for doing such a great job of keeping the pace reasonable. Last night’s ride was as good as they get. We B groupers never begrudge the A Group their need to turn Tuesday night into a race. We’re happy to do our own thing too – though it was nice, for once, to have the whole group back together again.