My wife and I went for a 40 mile ride on Saturday, December 23rd and we accomplished a personal best on our new bike of 18.4 mph average speed – no drafting. The ride included 3000 feet of elevation gained which included one 5 mile climb. Our max speed was 34.5 mph. We had power on (no coasting) the entire ride and the winds were light with a temperature of 52 degrees F. There is nothing better than a fast tandem ride (well almost nothing): it was a real rush…We must have found our happy thought or maybe it was my wife’s new Webcor team kit (see looked very fetching). Our previous times for that ride have been 17 mph with the best time on any Peninsula ride of 17.7 mph.
On Sunday, December 24th, we did a 30 mile ride on our road bikes (active recovery day). The weather was nice, sunny and 55 degrees. It was fun, but no comparison to yesterday. There we very few other cyclists and we saw one other tandem.
On Christmas the tandem comes back out for another 30 to 40 miles. The weather should be about the same as the last couple of days.
We take a break from cycling and go skiing over New Years and then its back to work on January 2nd.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.