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The Last Perfect Day of the Cycling Season


October 2017

It’s a rare day that we know that we are up on the last great day of a season.  Rarer still, that the day lands on a weekend.  That the last perfect day of the cycling season arrived on a Sunday is like winning the lotto – a second time.  That’s exactly what happened this year.

We rolled shortly after the sun came up, we had a decent breeze from the south.  We had a small group to start, just Mike, Matt, Mrs. Bgddy and me.  We picked up Phill and Brad along the way and met Greg, and Dave and Sherry on their tandem, shortly thereafter.

I ended up pocketing the arm warmers and rolled the rest of the ride in comfort, only wearing a short-sleeve jersey and bibs.  This late in October, that’s exceptionally rare….  Perfect.

It was a perfect way to spend a perfect morning with friends.  Just short of 56 miles on the day.  The pace was perfect as well, about 18.6 – not too shabby for a windy day.


  1. theandyclark says:

    These days you never know. There may be more perfect days out there.

  2. Looks excellent. We had great weather until about 8:30 AM yesterday, then the clouds rolled in and it rained the rest of the day. Saturday was perfect and I got three hours of fantastic singletrack in, felt the best that I have felt all season — enough that a young guy who rode with me remarked about how fast I am, that he was struggling to keep up. My ego needed that!

    I notice in the pictures that your group is riding single file (for the most part). Kudos to you for that.

    • bgddyjim says:

      We always do for a smaller group. For 14 or more, we double it up to halve the distance it takes to pass us.

      Thanks, man… and I’m glad you got some good weekend saddle time in.

  3. Bibs in October, eh? Nice. For most of us European cyclists October means tights, overshoes, bobble hats (!) the lot!!

    I get to this time of year, every year, and wish I had some late season cycling booked in Southern Europe. Looking at Andalusia and Sierra Nevada in Spain next year in October…gotta plan ahead!

  4. joliesattic says:

    I was thinking the same thing. It must have been nice weather. You’re not bundling up yet. LOL

  5. Bill Chance says:

    Nice entry – of course, here in Texas, now that the summer is (mostly) over, it is now time for prime cycling season.

    Thanks for sharing.

  6. cyclingsurts says:

    Wow nice blog! Sorry to hear thats the end of the season for you guys! Still holding on to some sun here in Barcelona

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