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.

Outdoor March Cycling Continues

Since Roy was unable to lead his Wednesday night ride, I led it for him. We had a good turnout, due to the weather, and despite the early start time of 5:26pm – about 10 riders if I recall. Most had lights, and we were able to get in 30+ miles, before it got too dark.

Hill Training Ride Start

We had two rides posted for Saturday, Roy’s and George’s ride. I decided to ride George’s ride. George had a good turnout. Some even rode over. I arrived just before the start time, and quickly got my gear on. Though, I didn’t have to rush, since George forget his helmet, and had to drive back home to get it. That also worked out for those who rode over, since one rider was running late.

The weather wasn’t great at the start, but the fog / mist went away, and the sun even came out for a bit. Still, to be able to ride in bibs, in March is fantastic. We ended up doing 31.5 miles (average speed 17.4), since George cut the ride short, due to the rain that was to come later in the day.

Great ride George!

30 / 60 mile riders, Sunday morning, in March

The two rides starting at Roy’s had a good turnout. We rode together for awhile, regrouped, and then when we got into Fermi, the longer option riders headed on to Elburn. There were seven of us, and we got back without any flats, with 60 miles on our legs.

St. Patty’s weekend ride recap

I thought I’d do a recap of the rides that took place this St. Patty’s weekend. And what a weekend it was, due to the weather and cycling friends. I even got a sunburn, in Illinois — in March.

Starting Saturday, NBC had three great rides, something for everyone.

George had his hill training ride from Willow Springs, which I have done, a few weeks ago.
Though, I drove over — I need to develop a route over to the start, since I always prefer to ride to starts. George had a good turnout, NBC and EBC members. And it is a great 32 mile workout.

A little later on Saturday morning, Roy and Moo aka Rick Cosaro had two ride options posted from Roy’s home. We all rode together (all 15 riders) for around the first 15 miles. After that some rode on for the posted 60+ miles. And some split off after the 15, to get in around 40 miles. I’m thinking we will have similar ride options throughout the year.

The longer distance riders ended up with around 61 miles, and we average around 16.4.

On Sunday, again we had some really good riding options. At 8:30am, I was at Roy’s to meet Jeff, Wally, Josh,and Alex, who was able to get his wheel fixed, after a mishap on Saturday. My ride was, ride over to Roger’s ride, which starts at the Naperville Trader Joe’s parking lot, and too join his ride. Kind of the same route we did on Saturday, but much faster.

Roger had a pretty good turnout, though considering how nice it was, I thought he would have more riders. All of my group ended up riding a shorter distance, I’m guessing around 40 or so. I stayed with Roger. Roger’s faster group consisted of: Ray, Larry, Jos, Lou, Rich, Matt, Alex, Me, and of course Roger. When we hit Schlapp Road, Alex and Jos took a shorter option — due to time issues.

The rest of us worked together, and came back with around 63 miles, and because of Ray, our average was almost 19mph. My fastest ride of the year and longest week of the year, with just over 200 miles. Though, Ray ended up with a century today, since he rode over with Rich and Lou.

On the flipside, George had a MTB ride today, since the trails were dry. He also had a good turnout of NBC / EBC riders. And I’m sure beer was had by some afterwards.

If any of the above sounds like fun to you, please come out and join us.
Check-out the NBC ride calendar for rides and other events / trips, etc.