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Sunday, January 25, 2009

The "Frostbike Ride" starts with a thaw.

Saturday - This weekend was a great one!! First of all we were joined by two new and keen cyclists in the form of Erin and Allie (I hope I got the spelling right) who joined Louis (who is starting to look like a pro now) and David Hill and myself on our usual Quadruple park Combo.

Its always great talking to new riders to see what motivates them and share in their enthusiasm for getting out on the road. After all it was a bit nippy on Saturday and I am sure the lure of a nice warm "sleep in" is very tempting to most.

The ride went well except for a few punctures on the way for Louis and Erin but we still managed a respectable 45.5 miles.

Sunday - Saw the first official training ride of the season for the MS150 and there was a reasonable turn out on a Chilly Morning at CY - Fair College Campus of about 500 riders. Dave Hill and I were joined by Rene to make up the BHPB contingent, and we all agreed to push for the maximum course distance of 55 Miles.

We started with a fast pace to try and get clear of the slower riders and quickly found ourselves stuck in an "erratic" paceline of 20+ riders. The pace kept on fluctuating between 19 - 22 mph and it was difficult to get a good cadence going with alot of "stop start" action.

Finally it got too much and on one corner Dave and I hit the top gear and raced ahead to form our own paceline joining with two other riders for the remaider of the ride.

Although the advertised ride indicated 55 Miles both our guages gave us 51, so not to be out done by our target of 100 miles for the weekend we looped through a couple of neighborhoods to get the extra miles in.
It was a great start for our first Official ride, and unlike our jaunts through the parks we were able to get a good guage of our average on the road which turned out to be a respectable 2o mph for the 55 Mile circuit.
After a few High Fives and great enthusiasm about our average we are both looking forward to a week of hard training and some more personal time trials next weekend to push that average up.

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