Brought to us by the Ottawa Cycling Club and Mother Nature.

In the group shot there is Aaron, Bob C, Mike, Ian, James, Jeff, Jon, Bob L, Kerri, Steve W, Steve J.  (Bob Leclair is a friend of Bob C that rode with us last year)

Missing but not forgotten, Joel, Bruce and Joe, and found along the way Darrell and Kevin.

 

This year’s is a different story than last.  great, GreaT, GREAT, verses good and really not good.

Much to everyone’s delight the threatening forecast changed to moderate winds with chances of rain and pleasant temperatures.   For icing on the cake, we had strong tail winds both days -  Saturday, NE 10-15 km/hr, Sunday ESE 10-15km/hr.   Who said that a cyclist always has a headwind, maybe we just start in the wrong direction!

 

After a van ride thru traffic past Kinston, multiple circles around Carlton campus looking for the hidden registration desk, and a ‘where are you call’ from Mike H, we got registered.  Then off to meet the others at Pub Italia for dinner.  Of course it was good company, a beer or two and pre-event pasta.  Off to sleep, or for Aaron some toe surgery, or watching hockey for Ian and Bob.  Meet for an early breakfast and in BCC tradition an early start.  We were rolling by 7:30 or so and made great time across the relatively flat roads to Perth.  Approx 70k with ave. speed of 33-34 (love the tail wind)  Took a short break at Perth, had a sandwich, topped up the fluids then headed south to the lake district.  This is rolling terrain, some fairly steep medium length climbs, and an awesome descent into Westport.    The descent is made up of 2pitches and a short flat in the middle, the upper is approx 10%, middle 3%, bottom 15% and has some sweeping turns, with an elevation drop of approx 75m.  Smooth pavement, no traffic, no brakes and in an aerodymanic tuck, I reached a max speed of 79km/hr – very cool!

After Jon, Steve, Mike and Bob, split off from the bunch, the rest of us stayed together and arrived in Kingston in record time.  Thanks to monster pulls from everyone, the average was over 32km/hr! 

 

Checked-in at Queens, got the luggage, relaxed for some after ride health food ( beer and chips)

 

At Queens, the residences and food service were good.  Ample food, just a note for next time, getting to dinner earlier would let us find seats together.  Seems like people arrange to arrive on the hour, maybe it would be better to be at dinner for 5:45 instead of 6.

 

Day 2, breakfast at 6 – waffles, eggs, roast potatoes, juice, fruit – load em up!

Luggage to the bag drop, get together and off we went about 7:30.  Another great day on the bikes.  BCC was on fire, double paceline, single file, passing others with a woosh,  I don’ t think that more than a few riders passed us on either day.

A couple highlights of the day, getting a packet of chocolat GU at the top of the Westport climb, and catching the back of a train going across the flats into Perth.  We had reached the top of the last major hill, approx 30 km from Perth, and we were flying  down these long 1 to 2% descents at 35 to 38 kph (remember the tail wind),  Kerri noticed that James was missing and bet that he would just  appear sometime, and what do you know?   James had joined a 40-45km/hr train and zoomed past us calling “à la gauche”.  Ian and I were at the front and answered the call to bridge up and join.  We connected and became a long single file snake for at least 20minutes with the 3 monsters at the front doing all the work to pull at least 40 people.

Very cool to ride that way, the effort to stay there was so small that my heart rate stayed in the low 130’s for the whole time.

Perth was the lunch break. We were joined by a few more BCCers , new member Darrell and long lost Kevin for the 70 km to Ottawa. 

We had another fast day and another fast average of around 32kph. 

And, my bike computer says I burned 4950 Cal on Saturday, and 4550 Cal on Sunday.

 

Thanks to everyone for the great company.

Congrats for a great ride and especially to Aaron, Jon and Steve for their first 180’s.

 

Special thanks to the Ottawa Cycling Club for the great job of organizing the volunteers, co-ordinating the residences, food, roads, police support, to give 2200 riders a fantastic experience.

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Comment by Kerri on June 13, 2011 at 8:56pm

Well, I've said it before and am sure that I will say it again and again (pretty much for as long as I ride with this group), you fellas sure do know how to show a girl a good time!  From the pre-event pasta dinner to the burgers and beer ending back at Carlton, there was no shortage of good times, great riding and excellent companionship.  It was definately one for the record books.  Cheers to all!  A job really, really well done. 

Comment by Paul van Dongen on June 14, 2011 at 11:30am
Wow, Jeff. Was that the RLCT you all rode on the weekend? Doesn't sound like last year at all. Congrats to you all. Must think about putting it back on my schedule for next year. If I do, I hope the great camaraderie I recall from this lovely event returns but not the weather from the 2010 edition! You guys look great in that group shot!
Comment by Steve J on June 14, 2011 at 1:19pm

What an awesome 2 days!  Great company, favourable weather and winds, and a great route.  Will definitely sign up again next year.


As this was my first time doing this ride and this kind of distance, I did not fully know what to expect, so I over-packed on everything - food, supplements and gear.  Did not need half of what I carried with me.


On the road, I loved the sounds of trains approaching from behind and then latching on (at least for a little while anyway). My average speeds were 31.5 km/h on Saturday and 30 km/hr on Sunday, with average heart rates in the 135 to 140 range.

 

Thanks to everyone for their encouragement and support!

Comment by Jon Spira on June 14, 2011 at 4:55pm

Two days that I'll never forget.  I can see why people go back to this event year after year.  

I was really anxious about riding that distance for the first time; I was even more anxious about riding it twice. With stories from last year ringing in my ears and grim weather forecasts all week, I braced for a long wide in the wet and over-packed as a result.  But the sun came out for us, and we had two days that couldn't have been better.

The fast ride to Perth on Saturday morning in the big BCC-led peleton was truly amazing!  We were obviously going really strongly, even with the tailwind, because the person riding next to me looked over and shouted "what the hell did you BCC guys eat for breakfast today?!"  And compared to a lot of what I saw and experienced when I latched on to some other groups, we're also quite disciplined (thanks DY).  

I managed averages of 30 km/h on Saturday and 29 km/h on Sunday.

I sincerely appreciate all the support, encouragement and advice from the rest of the group.  Thank you! 

 

Comment by Steve Wolowich on June 14, 2011 at 5:15pm

Thanks for posting Jeff. Well done. Think we were above a 33 average on day one but after reading Joe's update on his ride 32, 33 average really does not matter. Holy crap Joe. 180K with a 36 average. Thats movin along pretty damn quick.

 

Think I would like to nominate our Aaron for the Suitcase of Courage Award this year. We have photos of his injured toe that can not be posted as it was simply to painfull to even look at. Bandaged and in some serious pain he never let out one complaint, pulled his ass off and kept a big smile on his face the entire time. I was only reminded of his injury at rest stops as he hobbled on his broken wheel to get fuel. Nice Job Aaron. You got some serious parts. Thanks to all on the ride. A great group again. I find myself talkin to myself more and more on these longer distances. They hurt. Sometimes I want to just put the ride to bed and get off my damn bike. Find myself asking why am I doing this? And it always comes back to the people that I get to ride with. I think thats what keeps me coming back. It sure as hell is not the sore butt.

Comment by Jeff N on June 15, 2011 at 8:19am

Joe, I think you are on the way to a good Centurion.  There is enough climbing for you to be fast on!   On the other hand, for me there are some flats and descents to be fast on!

 

Another favorite moment from Rideau, on the ride back about halfway between Kingston and Perth, I was leading thru some rollers and we came up on a large, raucus group the " Pedales Rapides"  about 30 people in white jerseys with red polka dots.  They yell out everything, "hole, left, right, stop, go, squirrel".   We powered past them at the bottom of the climb and after a few minutes Bob C rode up and said " those guys are trying to catch and swallow us"  then " lets go" and stepped on the gas.  We all took off and laid the beats on the chasers.  I think we were at 45 to 50 kph for the next 10 minutes up and down more rollers and never saw them again!  

Comment by Kerri on June 15, 2011 at 12:34pm
I have to say that throughout the ride, both days, the feeling of passing groups, and really not being passed by others was AWESOME!  Someone at a rest asked Steve how many of us there were on the ride because she said that she seemed to be seeing people in BCC jerseys everywhere. 

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