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Guess what Day it is, guess what Day it IS!!!


Venge Day!!!

That’s right, friends. Every year, after the roads are cleansed with a decent rain and the temp warms up to “leg warmers and long sleeve jersey”, with some sun, I celebrate Venge Day; The first glorious day of the new cycling season nice enough to ride the Venge.

Mmmm, I do love the “A” bike.

We had four for the evening’s festivities, clipped in and rolling shortly after five o’clock. The first three-quarters of a mile was tame. Everything after that, Katie bar the door… it was dėjá vu all over again. And I was ready. That bike is pure, unadulterated speed in the form of a bicycle. There’s no doubt my Trek is a great bike, but the Specialized is something special.

We’d been turning in times between 16.5 – 17.5 mph for the last month, and working hard to do it in the cold. Last night’s average was 19, and we had to slow up a couple of times to let guys catch up.

Every year I fall into a different variation of the same mental trap…  We get into March and it’s still cold enough to have an affect on speed.  We turn in a bunch of 16-18 mph averages and I get to thinking this is finally the year everything catches up to me and I’m going to start slowing down.  Then Venge Day hits, a 19 mph average is easy, and everything comes back to me.  It’s just the cold.  Surprising how much of an impact it has on the speed of a ride, every year.  It’s not that I don’t know it’s coming, I just can’t help but thinking maybe I lost a step.  I have to tell you, finding out I didn’t is exceptionally gratifying.

It was a perfect Venge Day 2018.  More later.


  1. Manu Stanley says:

    16 – 18 mph is a good speed, I believe. 🙂

    • bgddyjim says:

      Thanks, brother. It is for most, but not for our group. We’ve got an exceptionally fit and competitive club. We regularly top 20 mph for an average and we’re not even the fast group in our club. The fast guys ride north of 24 for an average. They’re REALLY fast!

  2. Sheree says:

    Great – enjoy!

  3. theandyclark says:

    Loving it and just hoping the excellent weather sticks around for a bit. I’m not greedy – a couple of hundred straight days would be a nice start.

    • bgddyjim says:

      That would be awesome! Sadly, it’s already raining. Complete washout today. Tomorrow will be good, crap Saturday, then nice for Easter Sunday. 😀

  4. Nice and congratulations! Last night’s ride here was shorts and a tee shirt, dirt. Already have the cob webs out with some strength coming back.

  5. Yesssss! 🙂 I’ll be taking my “A” bike out tomorrow for a longer spin, making the most of the last of the fine weather as we slide into winter. Daylight saving ends this weekend.

  6. Andy says:

    That is one amazing looking bike. Not like the heavy old things I used to ride as a kid.

    • bgddyjim says:

      Thanks Andy… It’s less than half the weight of the oldies, depending on the style. It’s slightly under 16 pounds. It’s fun, no doubt about it.

  7. Sue Slaght says:

    Yay for spring and being back on your Venge. It’s still winter and snow banks here but it can’t stay forever. Right? 🙂

  8. […] Phill and Jonathan the other night on a fairly lively ride I described quickly in my Venge Day post.  We started out pretty tame but the speed picked up quickly until we were cruising at 21-24 […]

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