Up at 0415 and on the road at 0445. Stopped for breakfast at Ye Olde Waffle House and then the Phoenix Metro Cycling group at a park in Tempe.* This is my second Sat riding with them - the first being last Saturday.
It seems to be an older group but on this particular ride, the faster guys were rolling at 21 mph after the initial neighborhood streets and crossing ASU. I hung around the outside of the group trying not to get pinned in too much. At one point, there were two riders off the front a bit and I went by the paceline to catch them. We were doing around 27 but a light stopped us as did the group we passed who caught us as the light changed. One guy came up and said, "that's the longest chain I've ever seen...."
(FWIW, I ride a recumbent.....)
We hit a convenience store at the mid point and about 15 of us started out again while others took their time. This group was doing mostly 24-25 or so. I eased around them wide as to not disrupt their line and the front rider latched onto my rear wheel so I eased up to 28. I think we had a little tailwind wind. They slowly dropped off, one by one - I kept hammering knowing it wouldn't last but I wanted to stress my legs a bit. As usual, a traffic light stopped me and we regrouped again. Thank goodness...can't push 28 too far!
There's a scheduled stop at a Paradise Bakery but I kept going and returned home. Nice ride - a good group of friendly riders.
65 miles total, flat, tons of traffic lights, max speed was a tick over 31, average was 18.8. Too darn many lights to get a higher average. The traffic lights do provide one thing: every restart is a jackrabbit start! Makes you push hard!