I think I'll withdraw any bragging rights about riding that I may have previously claimed.....
I have been noticing a training ride in the area that list itself as 25 miles for the following classes (Average speed for rides of flat/hilly combination) B(16-18); BB(16-18); A(18-20); AA(20-22). The B/BB groups are sort of at the upper limit of my ability, so I decide to take the plunge and give it a try. I ride the 13 miles to the start and as other riders start to show up, I notice two things: I am (by a lot) the most age enhanced rider there; and My Buenos Aires is by some margin the easiest on the pocket in the group (It ran to Cervelo, Madone, Merckx, Bianchi…you get the idea). Of the 30-40 riders, there were about 4-5 (including me) who were not wearing some sort of team jersey/short combo.
There is only one announcement at the beginning of the ride, “This is not a no-drop ride, so be sure you take a clue sheet with you.” And off we go. The first 4-5 miles are at 18-20 mph and the group is pretty chatty and relaxed. Then we get into a park with a flat ring road of a mile or mile and a half—The pace quickens (understatement) and as I watch most of the group disappear I glance at the Garmin which says 27.5 mph with a cadence of 115 (beyond my upper limit, don’t you know).Out of the park the group slows for a stop sign and I rejoin at the back. The first 10-12 miles are pretty flat or rolling….then come the hills…..Let’s just say that at the end of the ride, I was not last (or even in the last group) but most of the group was standing around the parking lot chatting and completely recovered when I got back. I said thanks very much for the ride and rode the 13 miles home…..at my own pace. At least I arrived upright.
Trying to decide whether or not to go again…..