My Ride with ButtIce
Tonight, I went over to a local park to meet up with BUTTICE, an Ames-based RAGBRAI team. They have wednesday night rides open to all and I had wanted to go in the past, but was a bit intimidated as I feared getting dropped, ignored, etc. I'm feeling strong and trained up right now, so I figured I'd give it a shot.
It was fun! I think they weren't too sure about the big guy on the bent when I rode up, but once we got on the road and I started passing the group, I gained a bit of cred. It is not a race, but I felt that I had to prove that I could keep up so...I took off and passed most of the group and stayed ahead for the rest of the 21 mile ride. One guy said "You're a pretty strong rider." I found myself looking for who he was talking to.
It ended at a local bar where we had a few drinks and I got to know the members. Very friendly people who really opened up! In the end, I don't think showing off was necessary, but it sure makes me feel good to know that I have achieved the ability to keep up with a group of good riders.
I wish I hadn't waited so long to join their rides. Their attitude was good, just a bit skeptical at first. Plus, I was an outsider.
The night total was a 31 mile ride (5 to the starting point, 5 from the bar to my car, and 21 for the main ride.) Averaged 16.5 mph.
2007 TerraTrike Cruiser (XL) Trike
2004 Rans Stratus XL LWB Recumbent
1999 Trek Navigator 200 21"