Only 24 days till Santa visits and a few of us were following Alex the explorer. There is a real world application for CX bikes, and we lived it on Saturday. Gravel paths, grass pathways in the hydro cuts, single track along the creeks and Patryk even executed a smooth high speed dismount, hurdle over a barrier and remount to pass the rest of us as we entered a pathway.
Alex led us up from the Brickworks and right into a wooded gravel trail that took us up to Mt Pleasant cemetary, a little deeking around and then onto the 'belt line' , add hydro right of ways, and every small trail along a creek, and voila, we are at 427!
Dave left us at this point - then there were 4.
Next stop, bakery. Nice little bakery, near Martingrove?. Awesome new place, simple, clean, great pastry, coffee that didn't require a credit check. Maybe we could convince these people to set up at Lake Simcoe.
More trail riding after coffee until Pat flatted. Tore the side of the tire, so a tire boot was necessary. Didn't seem good enough so Pat left us there to ride roads home and maybe TTC. (3 left)
Alex, Ian, and I carried on and found some more great trails. Ian was amazing, riding an old MTB bike with smooth commuter tires.
Getting late and time to turn home, took some roads to get to a rail trail, and into a big headwind. Our fearless leader took us along the railway and until there was a heart wrenching sound of grinding gears, and the ping of breaking spokes. Rocks and sticks 1, Alex's rear derailleur 0. An attempt at trailside emergency surgery to convert the bike to a single speed, but no luck, the patient needs the operating table. Alex is done and will TTC home. (2 left)
Ian and I carried the flag home. I liked this ride, my first time with a CX bike on single track trails and it was pretty good. Certainly in the cold weather, being in the woods and out of the wind is warmer, even comfortable!
... till we ride again.