This route follows the A Ride Mega Loops, so we can pick up anyone who may fall off the Hammerfest pace. Have a crack at the A ride if you like, we will be ready to pick you up, or watch you zoom by.
For starters, before I forget, this is the SRCC social at the Wooly (this goes rain or shine ~9pm) . Secondly, the weather may just be good for us by evening so get ready for a burner of a ride. The official call will be made by 5:00pm.
We are going to try something usually done by Hammerfesters (sick people who seem to thrive on suffering), but it is a great way to improve everyone’s fitness, interval loops out by Guelph Lake. We bike out to Watson and Mill Road, there we stop and get organized. We will break up into smaller groups (4 to 10 people per group) then hammer around the 8km loop. Once we get back to Mill Road we stop, regroup, and rest. Then we break up into similar groups and repeat 3 to 5 times. We will always regroup so people get enough rest. The idea is to get a high intensity workout, the rest allows you to get a higher intensity than you would on a steady ride. A couple considerations: still ride as an efficient safe group (not 3 abreast). When we are waiting, we need to be on the shoulder of the Watson Road, not on the road. Lastly, it is close to Guelph so people can show up late if the weather gets better, or leave early if the weather gets worse. Last last, head to the Wooly.
Here is a very similar route to the A Ride Hammerfest. If you want to have a go on the Hammerfest, have a go, the B ride will be along the way to pick up your blood, sweat, and tears. You can compare the rides to see where they differ (around the 36 km mark). As usual, bring lights and be ready to keep are real smooth pace.
Outdoor ride cancelled. I am going to go out on a limb and predict that an official ride on Tuesday will not occur. If the weather really swings around for the better I will post a real route. For now I will suggest some indoor suffering on the trainer; hammer away on Zwift or even one of my favourite GCN workouts.
2 Bergs and a Col. Pay attention to this loopy route. For the B ride everyone will regroup after the first descent of the Berg on Watson, and after the descent of the Col by Leslie. After the second time up and over the Berg, it is everyone for themselves to the finish. The A ride can hammer away with a little more aggression. Everyone should bring lights as the sun is setting a little earlier.
Since it’s the last Thursday of the month, we’re heading to the Wooly after the ride. The patio may or may not be open, but it will be down to about 11 degrees by then.