A Sunday Ride to Remember...This is why I ride.

I arrived late to the start of the ride and the Fast group was already on their way.  The Stoufville group was getting organized and so was the Unionville group.  I joined up with the Unionville group as I am gradually increasing my mileage as I continue to work on my base miles.  Eleven of us made our way up Don Mills as a tight pro-peleton would - Keeping minimal distance apart and maintaining manageable climbing speeds.  Maureen and Trish were pulling strong as we held everything together.  Paul suggested an extension, so we picked 19th Ave(quiet with less cars).  When we turned on 19th Ave., it instantly brought back great memories I had of years past - up north, sun shining, riding with a cohesive group.  The weather was amazing, our group worked across 19th Ave #lookingpro(Instagram Ref.) and down Kennedy we went.  Couple of instigated "Hard Efforts" were challenged by J-Rod and Roy.  The break was well deserved and the pace back down Birchmount Rd. Was blistering(35km/h+).  We arrived back at Grinder(with a few more "Hard Effort" sections) with and average of 29.3kph, so basically 30kph for 70kms+.  Everyone had a smile on their faces and were ecstatic about the ride they just did.  MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!  Thank you to all for a great day on the bike.

Till next week!  LLL had a couple pics of the Ladies ride... they had a great ride as well.  Comments welcome!

D.

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Comment by Jon Spira on May 5, 2013 at 9:38pm

That one will be hard to beat.  Camaraderie, great communication, and tons of fun.  The group stayed so tight with everybody taking solid pulls.  DY is being too modest.  One of the "instigated hard efforts" was his blistering sprint on the last uphill stretch of Birchmount that blew by everybody.  We all went after him, of course, chasing like greyhounds after a rabbit.  Big thanks to the whole Unionville group for a totally brilliant morning on the road.

Comment by Paul van Dongen on May 5, 2013 at 9:54pm

The season has only started. Looking forward to more days like today. Thanks to everybody.

Comment by David Raponi-Monk on May 5, 2013 at 10:01pm

I sort of had a feeling that something special was in the works, but definitely knew for sure when I was hangin' on for dear life down Birchmount between Lawrence and Eglinton. The elastic was stretched to the hilt, but I had a blast and thanks to everyone for making me feel welcome. 

Comment by Alexx Hooper on May 5, 2013 at 10:07pm

Loved today's ride! We celebrated Lynne's first ride of the season with a nice ladies' ride - reasonable pace, great conversation... what a great day! Thanks Lana, Lynne, Laura, Mel and Trish Norman on her first road bike ride ever!

Comment by Lana Luba on May 6, 2013 at 8:18am
This weekend was brought to you by "MotherNature" she finally cares! It was a great ride.
Comment by DY on May 6, 2013 at 9:21am
I couldn't say that better, thanks for explaining in under 100 words!

Cheers.
Comment by DY on May 6, 2013 at 9:25am
Awesome! Should I use the route for the next posting?
Comment by Paul McKeever on May 6, 2013 at 9:25am

Looks like we weren't the only ones enjoying the perfect riding weather!

Our group departed from the Grinder with 13 fine gentlemen just after 7am. The odd number had the added bonus of making the person at the tail end of the group look like a chariot coach (minus the cat'o'nine tails)!

Anyway, we made our way up to Don Mills, rotating regularly on the front. We had the rare pleasure of making 95% of the lights on Don Mills/Leslie, getting us up to Elgin Mills by 8am! Once we reached Vandorf SdRd, the pace started to pick up rapidly as Lawrence, who is friends with both Peter S's and is also a M1 racer took to the front and pulled us up to the 404 at breakneck speed. It didn't take long before my Garmin was reading 34km/h average speed! So we continued north on Warden at that blistering pace. At Vivian, both Peters and Lawrence turned back for their return trip and the rest of us continued north to Herald. After some awesome rolling hills/bends through the canopy, we made our way to the newer part of the route. Sandford Road is a major rural road that is less traveled but very well paved with a slightly wider shoulder - realizing it was unchartered but fun territory, we were obliged to ride it at breakneck speed. For instance, Andrew M did a super long pull up to the peak of a massive roller up to Concession 3, which I think had all of us wondering if we could hang on for grim death!

Concession 3 north of Goodwood is a super quiet, undulating road with very little vehicular traffic and the occasional tree canopy. It's certainly a safe and challenging way into Goodwood from the north. On the last hill before the break (just south of Wagg Rd), I took up the charge to lead out for the sprint. I ramped up the speed as long as I could muster before a big attack came from the group. Peter C and Andrew M duked it out to the peak where I think Andrew took it by a hair because Peter C let up a little early.

At the break we saw a large number of cyclists enjoying pastries on the grass in the sun - a pleasant reminder of the lovely spring weather. We also reconnected with 3 BCCers that joined us for the return trip. After a 40 minute break, we decided to gear up and head back into T.O. Instead of battling down Bloomington, we went back north on Concession 3, west on Wagg Rd. and south on Concession 2 all the way to Webb Rd. I highly recommend this since it removes the unsafe left turn off of Bloomington. Believe me, it's worth the extra 3-4 kilometers.

As is normally the case, the post-break charge into Toronto was crazy fast, getting us home from Goodwood in a little over an hour! Wow.... there we were back in the city by 11:30am! As a result, a few of us decided to do an extra loop through the guild while the rest continued on west down Kingston Rd. I knew we'd make it back in time for tea and scones!

Comment by Paul McKeever on May 6, 2013 at 9:26am

Sorry made a small edit and re-posted. Yes, it's super solid route and seemed to be well received!

Comment by Jeff N on May 6, 2013 at 9:36am

I joined the fast group thinking, gotta jump into the fray at some point, and wow it was awesome.  Paul M's route is a keeper.  Up Leslie, Vandorf, Warden, Herald, 3rd to Goodwood, coffee, miss Bloomington by going N and over to 2nd concession, Webb, YD, ElginMills, Reesor, and around the zoo.  135km!

We went north a quickly, at Vandorf, a friend of Peter S was with us (Lawrence?).  He was a sleeper, riding in the group, looking like the rest of us, then decided to make a big effort, he went from the back of the group to the front on the first steep, then pulled up the steady incline over the 404.  I fell off the back and was working hard to reconnect!  40kph uphill?  Thanks to Paul M for the bridge back to the group! Nice to know the others felt the pain too.  Burned a bunch of matches on that one.

Up the beautiful pavement on Warden to Herald in a tight fast machine.  Average speed to Herald 33.5kpm!

Herald has a few nice hills, just burn a few more matches .   3rd concession has rollers, I had to let the group go at this point, and felt great for hanging on as long as I did.  Rolled into the coffee shop a few minutes behind the group, boy coffee and tart were great.

Bob C, Jim Weir, and Chris? were at the coffee shop and joined in for the remainder of the ride.  Jim seemed to be ready to go and showed his legs on Reesor.  Woo hoo that was quick!

What a ride, door to door for me, 135km at 32.5kph average.

Thanks guys, like Dan's comment, days like this are why I ride!

Jeff 

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