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Sunday, April 7th, Come On to Columbia for a Spring Ride

Sunday, April 7th, Come On to Columbia for a Spring Ride

As posted on the calendar, today, Sunday, April 7th at 10am from Harpers Choice Village Center.  Beautiful scenic and mostly low-traffic roads and routing.  Ride leader expecting a 15-16 pace but faster/slower folks will be attending.  Many shortcuts in the 2nd half if you want some or a lot fewer than 63 miles.  It is spring, we all need base miles plus a few hills and this is just what the evil winter doctor ordered.  So, you are up, you are reading this, just do it, you really won't ever regret it once you start.

Disclaimer:  Of course the weatherman lied!  The 70 is now a 66 for a high and we'll start in the 50's but the cloudy skies will keep it much warmer overnight than Saturday morning so modest protection should be fine.  On the crossover between tights and shorts so maybe shorts with leg warmers?  A base and a jersey and perhaps a jacket or just a long sleeve jersey or light jacket you can unzip.

Should be a friendly bunch of Hobbits, c’mon out and join us for my second favorite local route (next Saturday’s 77 miler is my favorite).

Stuart

~too much of anything is just enough for me. Pete Townshend

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Re: Sunday, April 7th, Come On to Columbia for a Spring Ride

Stuart,
Great group,great route & great(recovery:-O)ride today.
Thanks again!

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Re: Sunday, April 7th, Come On to Columbia for a Spring Ride

I got more than an early season Civil War Century “stats” ride split between the two days this weekend in my training for this summer’s escapades.   105 miles with 7,663 feet of climbing.  I’m hurting and I’m sure my partners in crime also had a hurting put on them!

I went out on the BBC ride on Saturday led by John McClurkin which was supposed to be a 13-15 ride and I wanted some base miles training for our trip this summer.  Several fun and spunky riders came and while John steadfastly stuck to his posted ride pace, 3-4 of us couldn’t resist attacking each other so I ended the day at 17+ mph.

Had a great time joking around with Christopher Sheets and drooling over his spectacular white Pinarello Dogma 60.1 fitted with Super Record and matching kit.  With my old school Record 10 on my Prince and John’s new Chorus 11 on his Specialized, I think this was the first BBC ride in over a decade with three people with Campy groupos.

So Saturday was 42 miles @17.1 avg and 2,750 feet of climbing.

Today I led a merry gang of about nine, meeting some along the way and with Ed and Jenn leaving early and not caught for over four hours.  It was titled and promised to be a climbing ride and even I don’t remember it being quite so hard.  We hit right at 63 miles for the day with almost everyone sticking with it and finishing the ride save for one new guy who came out with us and had some mechanical issues and Chris T who’d had enough after joining me yesterday too and escorted Latham back after the first and most brutal 30 miles.

In the final eight miles, Mikey, Mike, John all cut out and rode back home from where they’d come and Carl bailed with a mile to go to head straight back to EC on 108.  David Kelling was the man today and took line honors by a hundred yards over me.  He did more than his fair share in a wicked wind which was often 15-20 mph seeming to always be on the nose or side.  We developed quite a few echelon’s today trying to hide.

Sunday was 63 miles @ 16.0 avg and 4,913 total feet of climbing.  We exceeded 10% grades 13 times peaking at 18-20% twice.  That is 102.22 kilometers right at 26 kilometer’s per hour in Euro Trash Stats.  The cool thing is we nailed the metric in 3 hours and 56 minutes riding time flat.  Beat four hours.

Thanks to everyone who joined me on both rides, don’t forget I’m leading a much easier ride next Saturday for 77 miles on beautiful quiet roads so let’s hope for good weather.  Fantastic April weekend.  Goodnight!

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