Despite the rain, I think that this was one of my favourite rides ever! I read about the Rapha Women's 100 ride on the Rapha website and thought that this would be the perfect event to get a bunch of BCC ladies out to ride together on our own. Of course, when I woke up and it was raining, I figured it would only be a couple of us (who had made a blood pact to show up rain or shine) slogging it out in the rain, whining the whole way,... boy, was I surprised when 10 women showed up, as promised, ready to ride at 7am!
David R-M met us at the coffee shop - he said he was going to ride later, but figured that we needed an official photographer to see us off! Thanks David! Paul had made us bar-tape directions to guide us, so we taped on our directions and set out on our ride - Mel, Trish, Lana, Kerri, Maureen, Ivana, Lynndee, Andrea, myself, and Heather - who used to ride with the club, but lives to far away (her dad drove her to the start so she could ride with us! Yay!).
We did a fantastic Goodwood route. We took turns pulling at the front, and stayed together beautifully! We kept the pace reasonable so that everyone was comfortable and able to sustain the pace for the whole 120km ride. We did a "social rotation" every now and then so that everyone would get a chance to chat and get caught up. It was fun to ride with old friends and new ones - I'd never met Andrea before the ride! The route was gorgeous - nice rolling hills, farms, forests... we saw very few cars on the backroads, and only had 2 or 3 experiences with douchebags in pickup trucks skidding by us to "teach us a lesson". The little Musselman's Lake detour was gorgeous - we stopped for photos, and continued on, Trish singing bad Karaoke with lots of laughs.
The break at Anina's bakery was well-deserved and well-timed, as it started raining hard after we stopped. There were a few other cyclists at the bakery, including Albert and a friend!
We let the rain ease up a bit then continued on our way. Heading down 3rd Con., Maureen got a flat. We were SO excited! We were going to get to prove that we could change a flat by ourselves!!! We had the thing off, checked, changed and re-inflated in no time! We even figured out how to get the back wheel on. Excellent! High fives all-round. We were laughing because we didn't think this would be such an exciting event on a guys'-ride. Right behind us in the field was an ass (OK, a donkey). Lana made friends with it. There are a few pictures of Lana and her hairy ass - check them out! There was also the cutest cow ever and a pony. We didn't think that the guys'-ride would feature a "stop-to-look-at-the-cute-animals" break either.
We got back on the road and began riding again. By this time, it was pouring rain. We soldiered on, not one person complaining. It poured for about half an hour. We slowed our pace, kept riding and rode through it. The wind picked up after that, and it pretty much blew us all dry! We took turns pulling into the wind, and made it back to the bottom of Bellamy, when I rode over a bad sewer grate and *BANG* - broke a spoke. We tried taping it to the spoke next to it, but my wheel was so out of true that it was un-rideable. So sad! Lana called Dan and he came over on his scooter. Mel had also called Jeff, so he arrived with his own back wheel! We switched out the wheels and I was able to ride home with everyone and get my 130km! Yay!
Thanks so much for coming out - It was way more fun than I could've imagined!