Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Johnson City, TN
Bikes: Specialized Allez Elite / Haro Extreme x6 Expert / Trek 4300
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First group ride
Well, today I took my son to his first group ride. We thought things would go well as it was supposed to be a beginners ride (10 miles @ 10mph). Considering we've done that in the past few weeks, I thought we could hang (BTW we were on MTB and everyone else on road bikes) but I was wrong!
Actually, it wasn't too bad. two blocks from the start, we had to cross 6 lane intersection (very busy at 6pm) but the light turned - everyone but us got through it. After the few minutes of waiting at the light, the entire group was gone.
The leader did wait up, but after a few miles advised us to cut back short and then caught up to the group.
All in all it wasn't bad in the end. We averaged 7.5 miles @ 9.8mph. There were a few tough hills for him but he was a trooper! Despite being dropped, he's anxious to get back to it in a few more mondays. Here are a few pics, including the steepest hill we had to go up (not long, but definitely steep - granny geared it the whole way up.)