So we had a few riders(30ish) decide to head up to Simcoe... most from Elgin and a few from the beach!

 

We had a nice 10km warm up then let the faster pace group go ahead.  So what I have to report is that there was a wide range of riders(skill and fitness) in my group of about 20.  I proceeded to do what I always do... and it worked once again!  We(as a group) managed a 32kph Average(rounded up like the penny) up to lake simcoe.... At the lake, I called a group split and a faster paced group had the lead group in sight and tried to chase them down.  Riding speed along the lake as 35-40kph.  We all ended up meeting at Elaine's Black River Coffee.  When speaking to Lucas and Simon, I know why we didn't get them...they were going over 40kph.  My group ended up regrouping at the end of Lakeshore and we all rolled in together for the well deserved break! 

On the way back, the group was broken from the original as some left with others from group 1.   I kept the group I was with together until we turned on Warden, and then split it into two.  I ended up back at my car with a slightly shorter distance than posted but with an average of 32kph(faster group).  A great day on the bike.  Thanks to all the members that I rode with today for listening to my advice; and riding as a group, looking out for each other, and maximizing the shared effort.  We kept tight in single and double paceline situations, no one passed on hills(up or down).  Everyone respected each other and kept the communication level high, leaving nothing to chance.  Thank you!  I like these rides out of the city because they really allow the group dynamics to work well and keep the group cohesion strong.  

Comments Welcome!

Till next week. 

Dan.

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Comment by Paul McKeever on August 27, 2013 at 10:56am

Great time on Sunday! Had to do some serious chasing to bridge to Harris, Jeff, and Steve because I was late getting up. I spotted them just as I crested the hill at Don Mills and the 401, but it took a red light at Steeles for me to finally bridge the gap. Thank god for traffic lights! We continued north as a well-oiled 8-wheeler toward the meeting spot at Elgin Mills. We arrived early for the group shot and headed north as an awesomely large group. Just north of Stouffville Rd., we made the split into a small fast group of 7 and massive mix of sand baggers. We were joined for a bit on Warden by Ewan Gillespie of MGCC, who solidly evened out our numbers and was a very friendly dude overall. While we enjoyed our adventure north, the "slower" group chased our "fast" group down brilliantly using the group tactics described above. Thus, we were caught by Dru's attack during our natural break on the run into Lake Simcoe.... the rest of the group was only about 100 metres behind as we started up again to pursue Dru. After some strong pulls by everyone in our group, we bridged the gap to Dru along Lake Dr. and thankfully kept off a pursuing and very stinky sewage truck. Once at Kennedy, I peeled off to pick up an expensive refreshment from the variety store ($4.50 after taxes for a 900mL gatorade - damn....). Now began my lonely solo mission back to Lake Ontario. Much to my chagrin there was a mean headwind brewing out of the south. I convinced myself I could maintain the same average speed we had going up. On my way home, I greeted large droves of cyclists in both directions, which is one of my favourite social agreements on the road. Many of my southbound cyclophile colleagues tried to stay with me, but I was on a mission of pain which didn't seem to sit well with any of them. After 2 1/2 unrelenting hours, I arrived in the city having somehow maintained the average speed.... I'm very proud of making this occur because there were many instances when I wanted to tap out and I was able to convince myself to press on. Luckily, my last sip of fluid was at Eglinton which was close enough to home to not have to stop. I got home fairly destroyed and continued on with what became one of the busiest yet rewarding Sundays I've had in a while. Thanks to Harris, Jeff, Steve, and the rest of the BCC for getting me out of bed for the start of a great and productive day! Until next time.

Comment by Jeff N on August 27, 2013 at 4:18pm

My adventure started with the Saturday ride, a little chat with SteveJ on the way back and it was decided, Lake Simcoe from Grinder, start at 5:45am, quick ride up to meet the driveups at Leslie and ElginMills.  As luck goes Steve and I were joined by Harris (welcome) and rumors of Paul M.  The morning was chilly, and beautiful, the sunrise was spectacular, mist and cooler in the low spots, a little warmer in the higher spots.  The three of us kept a lively pace up DonMills, (still no Paul, so we assumed he slept in), then Voila, at Leslie and Steeles, Paul arrives to help.   Whew, we made it to the group with plenty of time.

Wonderful group of 7, for the ride to Simcoe, and the most awesome cruise along the Lake, it really was a long sustained 40+ kph section!    Then to top it off, a nice spot for a break.  The Blackriver Coffee shop has reopened, nice butter tarts, double espresso, patio with a view of the mill pond, what more could we want?

We gained a few more, (Jon and Andrew for the ride south) and off we went.  Great fun, had to break away from the group at Kennedy and Herald 'cause I was on orders to be home before 1.  Steve and I went W to Warden, the others went E.  So it was Steve and I to push into the wind.  Man it was a ride.  Straight into the teeth of the dragon.  Glad to be with Steve. thanks!  175km for me and home on time.  (I am sure a cycling clock only works on quarter hours and always rounds in the riders favour)

Fun, tiring day!

Comment by Paul van Dongen on August 30, 2013 at 11:42am

Great ride on Sunday. I say we do it again in a couple of days!

Comment by Harris Silver on September 3, 2013 at 9:35pm
Great ride and many thanks to Steve, Jeff and Paul for the 'pull' up to the start point. I ended up hanging in until the last km or so and pulled in just after Dan's group. Very happy to have been able to catch a ride back to the city, as my tank was empty!

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