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Old 09-23-10, 10:49 AM   #1
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Who goes on the xXx Saturday AM training rides? I have questions.

I am thinking of joining the xXx Racing-AthletiCo! Saturday training rides. My question to you xXxr's is, "Can I tag along?"

At 50 years old, I've recently returned to road cycling. On my own, I can ride 17-18 mph all day long and can go 20-21+ for a few miles at a time. Obviously, I'm faster in a paceline. Speaking of which, while my pace line experience is limited, I'm smooth enough not to enrage the guys behind or beside me most of the time.

So: Am I too old, slow and inexperienced to even think of riding with you guys, or should I show up on a Saturday and see how it goes? In any event, my Saturdays are booked until after the Hilly 100.

Unless I hear otherwise here, look for me on the 16th.

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Mr. Scrooby would be the guy on here you want to get in touch with. I've never done the ride. xXx tends to be a fairly youngish team, though. And, what older guys they do have, are pretty damn fast.

That's how it pans out at th races, anyway. Not sure what their Saturday ride is like. Even if it doesn't turn out to be a great fit for you, I'm sure there are a billion other rides that leave the north side on a Saturday am. I'm sure one of them will be the right pace.
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Hi, Jamie. You're more than welcome to join us on the ride and will fit in just fine, especially since it sounds like you have plenty of group-riding experience already.

We're a diverse group with a lot of riders of all levels, young and old, men and women.

The ride to Highland Park is strictly "no-drop" and goes at a fairly social pace, around 18 mph. From there, groups will form at the coffee shop. There will always be groups going long and fast, but there will also be a group that heads back to the city at a recreational pace.

More details are available at this page. Let me know if you have any other questions. (Note that in a few weeks we'll be switching to our winter hours. I don't know which Saturday that will take place, but there will be an announcement made on the front page once it's decided.)
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Excellent, I'm looking forward to joining y'all after the Hilly's out of the way. Do you go rain or shine, or is there a place I should check for weather cancellations?
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We are generally rain or shine, warm or cold, though you can definitely count on a much smaller group if the weather is inclement. Even in the snow of January there will be a few nutters who head out. (Myself, I'll be on the trainer.)
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FYI, the Oracle has spoken: We will switch to winter hours starting Saturday, Oct. 9, meaning a 8 a.m. departure from Wicker Park, 8:30 from Ridge and Pratt.
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