Well folks that its for July. The weather looks perfect for the 1st ride of August even if the light is starting to fade. The route tonight goes a little bit everywhere so please pay attention. The C riders will work together to keep a solid but steady pace, the B riders will go a little quicker but still work together, while the A group will be an all out shootout. If you have done the C before and what to try something a little quicker give the B ride a try and the C group will be there to catch you if you need it. The B/C will do the same route while the A group have a little extra.
Time to bring back a couple of old club staple roads that have fallen out of favour. We will head out north and visit the Hamlet of Everton, pop by Rockwood before coming home via the Watsonberg. As always the A group have a few other kms to try to have dinner make a second appearance (has happened this year but not on the A). If you find the C ride a touch on the slow side please give the B a try and the C group will be behind to catch you if you come off. We do have lots of light to play with so the route is pushed a little so lights are a great idea. Tomorrow is supposed to be a warm one so make sure to bring lots of water.
Update: as 5:15pm the radar is clear, even though some clouds are rolling in. Ride is on!! Time to finally put away the leg warmers and air out the legs in the spring air. We still don’t have a ton of daylight hours yet so we will not push the distance too much. The route is fairly straightforward and offers a little bit of everything for everyone. The B and C groups will look to work together and keep a brisk but steady pace. Since the legs are starting to wake up for the summer the C group will look to average a minimum of 30km/h. The A group will do their thing and have an extra few km put on their route.
Update: there might be a small band of rain that rolls through around 530, but should clear out. Ride is still on!! Alright folks it looks like this will be the first Thursday of the year to happen. I’ve got two routes posted for everyone to peruse, we will head down Victoria, take in a little used detour swing around Mountsberg and come back via Watson. The folks looking to Hammer will do a little circle and take in the ever popular Col de Watson before rejoining the rest of us. Since this is the first of the year please read the ride descriptions on the website and note the pace guidlines. We will not deviate from these so if you feel like the C will not be quick enough for you give the B a try and if you can’t hold the pace the C group will be happy to pick you up along the way!
Even more importantly we are scheduled to have a few social beverages at the Wooly after the ride. All are welcome not just Thursday riders.
I’m going to go ahead and call this one cancelled already. The rain has arrived and doesn’t look like it will be clearing out anytime soon. The folks at the weather network have our odds of riding at 10% tomorrow but what do they know! We can’t let the A ride have all the fun doing loops so we will do some too if we actually ride. The posted route includes only 1 14km loop, but we will try to get 2 or 3 in if daylight allows it. Official call will be made by 5. Some may still show up if the ride is cancelled if you feel like riding in the rain.
The forecast says the weather will be on the cool side so lets do a simple route that will keep us warm. We should be home in plenty of time before dark but lights are always a great idea. Rather then stopping after we crest 6th line where the mosquitoes are on the prowl, if the group falls apart lets soft pedal up to the stop sign at 6th and 15th where we will wait unless we are back together. As a reminder accelerate slowly after stop signs so everyone has a chance to get back into the group and lets work together until Watsonberg. For those of you unhappy to see 6th line in the route please refer all complaints to Rob as I’m leading the ride for him.