BVC-CHAT Weekend Ride Recap
garthhog at suddenlink.net
Mon Sep 3 10:22:00 CDT 2007
I enjoyed the ride on Sunday. This was my first group ride experience on the
road, so in the beginning I tried to keep a low profile and not screw up. By
the time we had scaled the mighty Mt. Unpleasant and rested in Carlos, I was
feeling pretty comfortable. Thanks for the great ride, and I look forward to
From: bvc-chat-bounces at philebus.tamu.edu
[mailto:bvc-chat-bounces at philebus.tamu.edu] On Behalf Of Jean Marie Linhart
Sent: Sunday, September 02, 2007 11:09 PM
To: Brazos Valley Cyclists
Subject: BVC-CHAT Weekend Ride Recap
We had 4 for Cook's Point on Saturday. Kathy and I were the regulars.
Paul was in town from Dallas for the game, and Ryan (I hope that is
the right name) was new. We went over some group riding basics, and
we all took it easy into the headwind on the way back.
There were 5 of us out on Sunday, with some newer riders and some more
experienced riders. Me, Bill, Greg, Jeff and Ryan. We went to the
top of Mt. Pleasant (positive thinking, Chris, positive thinking), and
did some more group riding work. I was grateful to hang on to 4 guys
all of whom were faster than me! Group transitions were a little
rough though we did manage to work together. Well ... maybe I didn't
do a whole lot of the work. I did my best to sit on the back most of
I tend not to curse at or flip the bird at motorists, but I made an
exception to that policy today, Sunday (doubly bad!). Coming down
from Mt. Pleasant I had a pickup truck (it's always a pickup truck!)
with a nice big trailer pull up beside me, slow down, and honk the
horn and then pass too close. After a long pause where I asked myself
if that really happened, I'm afraid I lost my temper. Apparently this
gem of humanity harassed the guys up ahead of me too. Unfortunate
that he neglected to stop at the Carlos Store -- we would have had
Bill claims that we ride faster than my advertised 15 mph, but my
average speed calculator was not working, so I cannot confirm or deny.
When you are talking about/teaching group riding skills, you do NOT
want to have your new water bottle fall off your bike ... twice. The
new pink water bottle to go with my newly repainted blue-and-pink
flowered bike, at that. Maybe I shouldn't have bought that bottle.
I already gave one of my old Polar Bottles away since I bought this
replacement! The first time I thought I must not have shoved it all
the way into the cage, but I *know* I shoved it all the way in after
that. The second time, I shoved it in the other cage, and kept
checking on it. It did finally stay put. That was embarrassing.
After getting home, I installed some pink bar tape that I got up at
HH100. Every one ready to say "Awwww":
I should have put my precious pink floor pump in the frame as well.
Made by Serfas, picked up at Sun and Ski at the Katy Flatland; it is
an awesome pump! Next time.
(whose qualification for teaching riding sklls is that I actually am
an League Cycling
Instructor. License #1155!)
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