Tag Archives: Group Rides

The Last Women’s Ride for the Season

Last night we had a good crowd for the last women’s ride of the season.

It was pretty dark when we returned approximately 90 minutes later. We really couldn’t have extended the ride any further into the season without starting earlier. 5:30 is the earliest we can safely start with most people’s work schedules.

It has been a great first season for this women’s ride. We had a great group of core riders that showed week after week. And each week brought at least one newcomer.

I think everyone is looking forward to repeating this group ride next season and we are going to do what we can to make that happen!

Long Weekends Are Made for Riding

This weekend has been a great weekend for rides.

First I went on the Saturday Morning Ride (a designated route that takes riders to Prout’s Neck through South Portland, Scarborough and Cape Elizabeth) with Shannon, the leader of the women’s ride out of Saco, along with other women who joined us. It was tons of fun, especially since I was feeling pretty strong and able to ride up front with a pretty strong rider who I recently met on the CCCP Monday Night Ride and the Tuesday Women’s Ride.

Then, I went on a nice ride with my husband and Tracey. It was a casual ride going over the same route as the previous day’s ride.

The weather was perfect and we saw oodles of other cyclists out also enjoying the day. However, the wind picked up a lot on our way back, or perhaps we were just riding more into it, which made for some difficult riding.

Don and Tracey decided to head back to her house and she gave him a ride home. Don still ended up with 30+ miles today – his longest ride to date. (I think he likes his new bike, making riding more enjoyable.) When we parted ways I rode down my favorite stretch, Shore Road, to enjoy the rollers and to be a bit sheltered from the wind. Then it was into an intense headwind riding across the Casco Bay Bridge from South Portland to Portland.

I swung by the shop on my way home to have them look at my bike since I kept hearing a rattling in the back and the gears seemed to be grumbling, like that cross-chaining sound. As it turnes out my cassette was a little loose, which was fixed easily, but my chain has stretched and no only do I need to replace it, but I need to replace the cassette. I suppose it’s to be expected – I’ve put almost 3000 miles on that chain and cassette in the last year since it was built up. It’s time to be replaced.

Group Riding Etiquette

One of my favorite blogger is Belgium Knee Warmers. Since a few of the women from my group ride also ready my blog, I thought it might make sense to link his recent posting on group riding here.

Sometimes It Just Clicks

I love it when everything just clicks.

Tonight was one of the best rides ever!

I could tell it was going to be a good night. 1.) I felt good physically. 2.) I felt energized mentally. 3.) My bike had that “like a glove” sort of feeling, which doesn’t happen on every ride. (I know, weird.)

It was warmer than what I normally like to ride in for temperatures but I didn’t care. I went to the shop for a little socializing before the ride. It was also nice to see all the riders show up over the span of 15 minutes or so.

Addie was there. Now, I met Addie (Adrian) on the group rides last year. We “rode together” which is to say we started out together but I could never hang. She would try to “pull me along” but I would always get dropped. I was so amazed by her acceleration that I just couldn’t match. But somehow we formed a bond.

I haven’t seen much of Addie this season. She’s been on a few rides, but I don’t see much of her because, once again, I get dropped. But tonight it felt different. I told her I was out for her. She joked the same. And yes, I kept up with her all night. Even passing her once on a climb. (Not that I’m competitive or anything….)

This is Addie on the right. She is a terrific bike rider that climbs well and has great acceleration.

The other great thing about tonight’s ride was that I saw Dave again. He is a guy that introduced himself on the Friday Morning Coffee Ride last week. Nice guy. He asked if I had a friend named Tracey and then explained that he knows Lisa. He told her that he rode with me Friday morning and she freaked!

Now, Lisa is a gal that I know from spin class. She was an instructor the first year I took spin with Tracey. We got to know her a little bit throughout the year. She’s an ex-bike racer and tells some incredible stories. She is the type of person that can keep you rivetted to a story, if you can hear her over your own side splitting laughter. Yeah, she’s that funny!

I haven’t seen Lisa since last summer. I’ve been thinking a bit about her lately – wondering how’s she’s doing. I made sure to give Dave my card to pass along to her. I really hope she’ll send me an email. She’s a hoot and I hope we can get together for some laughs one day soon.

So, that’s why the ride was the best ever. It wasn’t because of the average speed, although that was pretty high, but I didn’t break any person best or anything. It was that it might have given me an opportunity to reconnect with a friend, and an opportunity to prove myself to a new one.

And yes, perhaps the time off did make me just a wee bit stronger. Click!