Monday, February 11, 2008

Group Ride - 2008-02-10

It was another beautiful morning, although a bit on the cool side to start with.

Eight riders showed up at the Village Market Parking lot to enjoy the morning sun, and departed just after 8:00 am to take in a 35 mile ride.

We headed south down university drive, up and over the first little climb, Groupe compact. Left on Prospect Church, then right on E-brainerd. It was here that the pace started to split the group although by the time we turned onto London lane it was all back together again.

Proceding up and over the London climb produced another split in the group. Deciding to just hammer the hills and regroup, everyone got back together before the climb on Keith (at the horse stables-Riding ring). Leading the group up that climb I proceeded to blow out every cobweb I could find, found a few, and the group split into pieces again.

Waiting for awhile on the backside for two that were missing (one of them being my son) I returned to see what happened. One of the riders had broken his chain on a missed shift and was calling for a ride home. We managed to get the chain fixed and called off the broom waggon.

By this time the rest of the group was long gone, headed towards Cohutta. The group had laid out a plan for the ride so the three of us rode to intersect their route and regroup. Sure enough, we came up the West side of the Lebanon Valley Church road climb as the rest of our party climbed the East side and were reunited at the top.

It was then, California Lane to Blair, Mcdonald to Short-Cut, and then the run down Apison Pike with the group getting stretched out by the time we went by Mckee plant #2.

A nice ride, nice weather.

Soon it will be warmer.

Monday, February 4, 2008

02-03 Sunday Group Ride

Well, it was cold again (31F) when my son and I started out.

The group consisted of 4 additional other riders. Strangely the group shrinks when it gets colder out, our other usual participants being either exceedingly smart or excessively week kneed.

Our pace was sufficiently slack at the beginning that someone suggested we go down the newly paved Johnston Rd. This provided some stimulus to the legs with some pretty steep rollers. It may have been an attempt to warm up, I don't know.

Alabama Rd provided a nice new smooth surface and the pace increased and another chance to build up some heat. After crossing the railroad tracks Nature called and was answered by a few.

Crossing the Blue Springs/Hungry Hollow railway we saw the headlights of an approaching train in the distance. No race today as we were traveling in opposite directions.

As we approached the Weatherly Switch climb, feeling pretty good, I watched everyone go as I contemplated an attack, nahhhh it just wasn't something I needed right then.

Coming back down Apison pike was another series of attacks and catches with the last stretch being ramped up to 28mph. This is a good section to be wide awake on.

It was a good ride, and the temperature was warming up rapidly. Even though it is the first weekend in February, spring doesn't seem that far away.

Rookie Questions:
Is it okay to let someone into the middle of a hammering pace line when there is a 3/4 gap formed in front of me and Car Back warning has been given? Yes, you should get the rider out of the line of cars into the shelter of the paceline.

Should I intentionally close the gap and let the rider hang out in front of the car even if I don't intend to take a pull on the front? No, why would you do that? he's been pulling for you on and off for the last 30 miles, let him in, he'll pull for you again.