Here's an interesting quote: Overheard:"Next time you're in your car, at 50 miles per hour [80 kph], strip down to your underwear and jump out. That's what it's like to crash in a professional bike race." -- Jonathan Vaughters, former pro and current Team Garmin director.
I thought about how much it would suck to crash last night during the Bike Masters Wed night group ride. We weren't going 50 mph, but at mid 20s, sliding along the pavement or rolling over each other with bikes in the mix isn't exactly enticing. I wasn't really worried since the people I was riding with were solid riders, but every now and then when a weird gust happens, or a really bad hole in the pavement gets someone up front, you have visions of everyone going down and not being able to avoid getting caught up in it. Unfortunately, this is one hurdle I'll have to cross if I decide to get back into racing. And that's a fairly significant hurdle.
Anyway, the group ride was fun and furious. Huge group showed up for the first annual "Return of Marco Vasquez" ride. He was just visiting, but apparently he was quite welcome as about 30 people showed up to the ride. Of course, the ride split up eventually, but it was still fun. The really fast guys took off on a hill and Bryan and I tried to bridge up, but it was all for naught. We kept it steady and picked up about 8 other riders to form a solid group. Bob used the momentum of his 26lb bike after a big dip to punch it up a hill. And dropped I was. My legs just gave out. Last weeks Trek Store ride showed my lungs' weakness, this time it was my legs. After a while in no man's land (it was actually quite enjoyable to be pushing along at 22-ish mph) the fast guys who went further than us at our turn around, caught me and I hopped on. I stayed with them surprisingly well, but I think they were at the end of their beating up on each other stint.
So that's my ride report.
Onto part 3...
Shabbos ride!!! Any plans? I know Sean's going to be in town and wanting to ride. I also know Mr. Miles would like to do a mtb ride (probably on Saturday since Sunday will likely be rainy?), and I also know Jon Randell wants to do a 7-ish am Saturday road ride for base miles (3-4 hrs).
So what does everyone think about a ride? Would there be a large enough group to start at Crane at 7am on Saturday? Sean, do you need to borrow my bike? Mr. Miles, are you fine with doing road or mtb? Is this thing on?? Check 1, 2?