After riding my Trek for the B Group’s huge 24-mph best ever loop on Tuesday night and then for another excellent effort Thursday (we were expecting rain both nights), and with a fine wheelset now on the Trek, choosing between which bike to take becomes much more intricate. I’d always assumed choosing the Venge between May and October would be a no-brainer unless rain was called for. The Venge is better than two pounds lighter (1.2kg), it has 50’s on it… and look at it.
The Trek is a damn fine machine, though… there’s just something about its classic look…
Meh, I’ll have plenty of time to ride the Trek when the snow flies. I rode the Venge yesterday for what ended up being just shy of a 100k ride with friends at a 20-mph average. It was a beautiful day, if a little windy, but we worked the miles out so that we ate the vast majority of the headwind on the way out – a steady diet of 27 miles of headwind wore on us but we managed a healthy 18.5-mph average into the wind. Then we headed for home with a most fantastic push and the average climbed quickly. We ended up pulling into the driveway with a 20-mph average, on the nose. 61.27 miles in 3h:03m:31s
This is pretty indicative of the conditions we ride in between May and the middle of September. Over the last few years most of our roads were repaved so we are in the middle of being about as spoiled as a cyclist can get. Minimal traffic, maximum awesome tarmac, sunshine and cycling with good, competent group of friends.
So on tap for today, my weekday riding buddy, Chuck and I are going to ride out to the ride, about 16 miles each way, plus a 65 miler, so we’ll have to figure out where to add three more miles on the way home so we can get an even 100. The conditions will be some of the best we’ve experienced all year. Light breeze, partly cloudy, low 60’s at the start, rising only to the upper 70’s by the time we’re done, and with the wind increasing as the day goes so we get a better tailwind push home that we fight going out… plus 100 k of that ride I’ll be riding with my wife and the rest of my friends.
The only way life could get any better would be to do all of that and win the lottery. On thing is certain; I am a fortunate man. Call it a recovering drunk’s privilege. Or something. I may have to work on that. It doesn’t sound “victimy” enough. Chuckle.
With any luck, I’ll end up with almost 300 miles this week – and some fast miles at that! 118 of those miles were north of 20-mph… 57 were north of 21-mph, and 28 miles were north of 23. Life’s been a perfect storm of awesome. And I love it when that happens.