So, the local road club posted a ride for today. Here's part of the ride post:
avg depends on riders
The club's ride usually are 15-17 mph average rides, and I always stay out of them, because I couldn't hang with that kind of average. I'm a clyde, and a relative newbie at that. Now the words "no drop" strike me as a call for a more relaxed pace, and the "avg depends on riders" also makes me think that i may actually have a place in this ride.
So I get there early and stand on my bike for about 5 minutes before anybody says a word to me - I'm partially to blame for that, I wanted to suss out the group a bit and not go in kissing hands and shaking babies.
Well, the group's the typical Lance Armstrong wannabees like they always are, and I get to talking with one older member, who informs me that if I can't do a 15 mph average to not even bother, and I'd better be ready to go 30 at one point. This leads me to ask "how downhill is it at that point?" He replies "not very." Then he says "do you even know the course?"
Well, no, but it's not like there was a route posted, and well, there was those two magical words "no drop." So I figured I'd have some help figuring it out along the way.
But, hell with it, I told him to go on. I then went home and deleted the local road club's website from my bookmarks. That'll show them. That and me not paying dues next year. Yeah - I'm a dues-paying club member.
I'm itching more and more to form a club for bicycle riders who don't wanna pretend every country road they're on is the Champs-Elysees. Something carbon neutral - any flavor of bike. Spandex suggested but not required. Do any of you guys belong to clubs like this or have 'em in your hometown?