First Century of 2012 — Ride Report

The century started at Roy’s Sunday morning at 8am. Matt was the first to arrive, then Eric and Brent. Next Michelle showed up, and two of Brent’s friends, Nate and Bill.

The weather was okay, but it could have been a bit warmer, and the wind was at least 20mph. We got a little wet coming back through Batavia, but no big deal.

Highlights:

Before Maple Park, Michelle was staring to fall off the back. I slowed down and told her to draft behind me. I think she was having a bad day, since she didn’t seem to grasp the concept of drafting (which she does). And when I looked at her, through my mirror, her face looked bad. Like someone who was suffering. After, arriving in Hampshire, Brent said she only had ridden a hundred miles this year. Considering that, she did really well, and got in 80 miles, before calling it quits in St. Charles. She had someone pick her up there. As a side note, you should have at least 600-800 miles on your legs, before doing a century.

Before Sycamore, four large dogs came running out towards the road. One took after Nate, a Great Dane. Nate, put the hammer down, on his hybrid bike, and finally dropped the dog. Then it came back our way, and finally went home. Though Nate, pulled over into a driveway, and bent over. I thought he was going to hurl. But, he actually had a cramp in his leg, because of the dog chasing him. It was all pretty funny, after the fact.

Within a mile, another dog came out onto the road. This time, right next to me. I slowed down, because I could tell the dog looked friendly. After yelling at it, it took off for Michelle and Brent.

Before Hampshire, the wind was pretty strong, and one stretch Matt and I took off, and took turns pulling. Great workout, Matt said.

In Hampshire, we stopped at the Subway for lunch. Michelle was thinking about calling a cab, not sure she would have gotten one. So, she continued on with us, but way off the back. She had a cue sheet, a very good one, that Eric setup. She just wanted to ride by herself, but we did wait for her at turns, just in case. Though she didn’t really appreciate our waiting.

After Hampshire, it was around 41 miles back. It was like doing intervals most of the way back, due to the headwind. We would get a side wind for awhile, which was pretty easy to ride in, then back into a headwind. This continued on for most of the way back.

We stopped for a bathroom break at LeRoy, just outside of St. Charles. I guess after we left, Bill somehow went over his handle bars. Eric and I were off the front, so we wondered, where are Bill and Brent. Bill was okay, just a weird thing. Maybe it was his tri-bike. :)

Michelle went to St. Charles, then we took Nate into Geneva for his ride back. Then coming through Batavia, we hit some rain. Matt goes, “it’s really coming down.” I told him, wait until you start riding Brevets.

It was Nate’s first century, almost, since he had to cut it short due to time issues. Otherwise he would have made it.

Anyway, great to have the first century in, and thanks to Eric for a good route. It took us from 8am to 4pm to complete, due to stopping, lunch, wind, dogs, but that’s okay. I knew it was going to be along day. We only averaged 16.3, due to the items I mentioned.

Hope to see more out, for the next one.

 

April 9th week in review …

Another great week of riding for the second week in April.

Monday
Roy had a show and go. I wasn’t there, but I heard some riders showed up.

Tuesday
Michelle had her free yoga class for NBC members at 9:30am.

Despite the wind and cold, I would have done the Blur ride, but I had a club meeting to go to. I guess no one showed for the Blur, so Carla rode by herself. The club meeting went well, decent turnout too. Afterward some went to Quigley’s for beer.

Wednesday
Michelle had her free yoga class for NBC members at 9:30am.

I led the Roy’s Wednesday night ride. We went out to Fermi Lab.

Thursday
Dietmar led the Blur ride, low turnout considering the good weather. Very good average speed though, for so early in the season.

Roy's Saturday Ride Start

Saturday
Jeff led an easy ride for Frontier Park, and I heard he had two riders show up. Pretty good considering the weather. We also had two different rides from Roy’s. A 40 miler and 60 miler. The weather held, and it turnout to be great day to do 62 miles, actually.

Sunday
Again, the weather held, and it was a much warmer, but windy. We just headed to Heggs, getting in 33 miles.

The first 2012 actual Blur ride — ride report

Well it wasn’t the first Blur ride of 2012, but it was the fastest.

Considering the good weather, the turnout wasn’t great. Though 6pm can be hard for some. Anyway, Dietmar and Anwar were there when I arrived. Dietmar even had the new ride sheet, with his name printed on it, off his computer. Next, Doug arrived, then Fred and finally Jos. No women, sad.

As we left the parking lot, we saw another rider, who I recognized. It was Roy’s neighbor, Tommy, who can’t even be 20 years old. I asked him, “are you going to ride with us?” He said “yes”, and he was with us, but when we got to Route 59, he was nowhere in sight. Not sure what happened, because he’s a fast guy, at least he looks fast.

The pace picked up on 248, and we were off. We had some break ups, but everyone soon bridged the gaps. On Douglas, we hooked up with a guy named Caleb. Apparently Doug and Dietmar know him. Another young guy, who got out in front on Wooley, and we were soon doing 26mph. He pulled all the way back to 248, before turning right on 248, to head home.

I was a wheel sucker last night, I promise to take some pulls later in the season. But, a big thanks to those out in front, great pulls. I always check the average, just before getting to the parking lot, and I was surprised our average was well over 21mph. Again, thanks to the guys out in front.

The only things that could have made the ride better last night, would have been: A few degrees warmer, more riders, and women riders, especially Shark, with her new bike. Otherwise, it was a great fast ride.

See you on the next ride or Blur …

The Saturday Ride 4.7.12, before Easter recap …

I was the ride leader today, as Roy was on a second honeymoon, so to speak. 14 riders showed up for the 9:26am ride. The weather was perfect, except for the fairly strong south wind. The ride was out to Ashley, then to Oswego, then head back up Wooley, and the usual way back.

Since some needed to get back early, Kevin C., Wally, Brent and Carole turned back after we regroup at the firehouse, on 127th. Then the rest of us (Janet, Eric, Heather, Guy, Mike R., Fred, Alex, Colorado John, Larry and one other guy, though I couldn’t read his name on the ride sheet — that has to change) carried on to Ashley. Unfortunately, Fred got a flat, and no one realized that he flatted, and we all carried on. Janet was with him. We waited at Walker, then I rode back a ways, and saw another guy, who was with us, that’s how I knew someone flatted. He turned back, and I told him, we would wait, so tell Fred and Janet. After waiting, they didn’t show. So, Eric said, I’ll ride back to find them. Then after Eric found them he rode the route backwards to regroup with us. Fred and Janet just headed back.

After regrouping with Eric on Minkler, we all headed to the convenience store in Oswego as a rest stop.

We ended up with 60 miles, and the tailwind back was great. I was able to work on my tan too, legs only.

Hope to see more out soon. I would like to see more club members offering rides, all types, easy to fast. The more the better for the club.

See you on the road …

April 1, 2012 has arrived, and here’s what we did …

Monday, March 26
Roy had a Show and Go, Recovery Ride.

Tuesday, March 27
Bill Schwartz led the 9am, IMAX Ride.

Wednesday, March 28

Since Roy was out of town, I lead his ride. We got in about 30 miles just before it got too dark. Though, I always have lights, others too, I don’t mind riding in the dark. Anyway, it was a good turnout, due to the warm March weather. Some stayed for beer after the ride.

Thursday, March 29
Bill Schwartz led the 9am, IMAX Ride.

Saturday, March 31
Since it’s still early in the season, the ride calendar is not full yet. Anyway, on Saturday, we had two ride options. Roughly, 33 miles and 60 miles, at a faster pace.

We all rode together, until around Woodridge, then we split up into two groups. Roy’s group got in 33 miles, my group of 3, got in 61 miles.

Sunday, April 1
Again, we had to groups, and we rode together for around the first 15 miles, regrouping when needed. After going our separate ways, my group headed out to Elburn. Pretty good workout. We stopped in Elburn to refuel, then headed back. Thanks to Larry, our average was 17.1 for the 56 mile route.

That was the NBC week. This is written, for those who don’t know NBC, and who are looking for rides. We welcome all, and we encourage others within the club to lead rides, at any pace. The club is a great club, with around 100 members plus, right now. More than enough members to offer other riding options. That’s what makes a great club, rides and ride leaders. The more rides posted on the NBC calendar, the bigger the club we be.

Come out and join us — or should I say, join us, and post a ride.