Our local bike club hosts it, was told it goes around 37 miles, but there were options for paring some of the distance off. Started at 7 a.m., so I woke up, grabbed a granola bar and a small cup of coffee on my way out the door and drove to the starting point (a couple of towns over).
Got there, must have been about 20 people or so, saddled up next to another newbie and made introductions.
We rolled out, settled into a fairly easy, yet elevated for me, pace and stopped at the stop light prior to rolling out of town onto “country roads.” I grabbed a drink, listened to the small talk, readied myself for the ride. The light turned, I clipped in and we headed up a short hill. I stood up for the climb, made it up and over, and settled in and watched as the entire group minus three (me, the newbie and a fellow Clyde) kept moving further and further away.
I knew I’d get dropped, but wow. It happened so fast, and they did it so effortlessly.
So I settled in with the newbie, but he turned around after 10 miles or so, so it was just me and the Clyde, a club member who knew the route and was riding a steel Burley. Ended up having a pretty good ride with him. He graciously offered to cut the route short (I had plans for the day and didn’t have a lot of time). Was kind of bummed I couldn’t keep up with the big group and I’m pretty sure I bonked about mile 27 or so of what ended up being a 35 mile ride so I now know I have to have a little something more than a granola bar before the ride, or carry a little energy boost/snack to eat midway through the ride.
That said, loved the experience, it was great to ride with others and get to know a group a little bit. Planning to make the Sunday ride a regular thing when my schedule allows it.
Someone said it on here once … if you want to know where you stand as a rider, go on club rides and see how fast you get dropped. Pretty true stuff there … and I can see how riding with that group regularly will make me better.