Wow what a great start to my outdoor riding season - 126kms are in the bag with an average speed of 29.3 km/h. My focus on this ride was just to get outside in the saddle. Peter Oyler gathered a group from Watts Up (10 of us in total and about half of us representing the BCC Tribe) and we agreed to meet up Elgin Mills and Woodbine at 7:30am.
Going straight across Elgin Mills over to York durham, we then made our way north to webb, over to #2 sideroad. North to Wagg and then over to #3 sideroad. If the weather wasnt as brilliant as it was, that might have been a turning point to head south to the goodwood bakery but of course there was none of that. On #3, it is almost a straight run to the lake. While it was clear that all of us are building our road skills, we did manage to maintain some reasonable double pace lines with rotation up the middle givne there were so few cars on the road. We also had a clockwise rolling pace line as we fought a bit of a headwind at points (funny how it rotated to a headwind as we cycled south!). We were able to keep the group together for the entire ride north and for most of the ride back home. As we broke up into smaller groups, i took the opportunity to get out in front and try and do most of the pulling in order to lock in z3 / z4 watts for 15-20 minutes at a time. It felt good while on the bike and I am certainly feeling the impact on Monday.
Looking forward to more rides outside given the outstanding weather. As you can see from the picture, there was still ice on the water up at Lake Simcoe - still a little cool up there.