First Sunday Ride of the 2012 Season: Great Day, Great Company, Great Ride.

A warm welcome to the new riders to the BCC. Nice to see everyone again - friends I haven't seen all winter!  I think the pace groups and route choices all worked out.  We'll run this another few  weeks then switch it up.  Hope everyone had a good time.  Please comment with your thoughts on the ride. 

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Comment by Alexx Hooper on March 25, 2012 at 1:37pm

Splitting the rides worked really well! People seemed to find their appropriate groups and it sounded like everyone enjoyed their rides. I sure have "spring legs" though! It was a tough start to the season, but thoroughly enjoyable - loved it! And my new ride felt great - I got it dirty though... guess I gotta buy it now, huh?

Comment by qb on March 25, 2012 at 5:02pm

An excellent outing, but I paid for it following a very tough ride on the trainer on Saturday. Started the morning at 6:50am on the Brimley hill. As i descended, who should I see, but James is ascending; lit up like a christmas tree. Paul wasn't out, so James and I began the process of climbing and descending. As we got close to 7:30, Paul came roaring down the hill and equally roaring up the hill - anyone wanting to observe an exceptional clmber, should tuck in behind Paul for as long as your legs can carry you - it is MAGIC. We left the hill at 7:50 and planned to catch the group as it made its way north on Warden. A stop at hortons just north of st clair and then we made our way out, waiting for the peloton. By the time Emile, Jeff, Dru et al caught up to us, we wondered where the 100k group was. With their decision to go up dawes, we had missed them. At Eglinton and DVP, Paul and I made the decision, lets go chase that group down. They couldnt be that far ahed could they? We strong riding, rotating the front, we should be able to catch them? - NOT. As we headed north, the headwinds we certainly strong and made each pull a real challenge. My power file is crazy, as i was pounding out 350-400w while pulling and 140-160 when i sat in behind Paul. With each hill, Paul pulled us up the hill with such nonchalance that it gave me lots to think about for ATOC. Despite seeing a bunch of "moving black blobs" way up the road, we never were able to chase down the lead group - each was a mirage. We finally caught Pat, Peter, Tim and Jamie at the Starbucks, which meant the work for the day was largely done!! We now had 6 riders to share the work. Average watts for the morning were 258, average heart rate of 139 (misleading for the work I did) and average speed of 25.9, reflective of the hill work and time spent at Tims (i forgot to stop the garmin). A great workout, thanks to Paul for coming along for the pain fest. Thanks to James for the company on Brimley and thanks to the starbucks group of 4 for their pulls coming home.

Comment by Yossi Cadan on March 25, 2012 at 7:05pm

Thanks Josh, Marc and Stefan, it was a another great ride, counting 120km with a 29.2kph

Comment by Jon Spira on March 25, 2012 at 9:34pm

Looking forward to a season of Sunday rides like this one.  The company was superb (as always) and the pace was comfortable -- perfect for this time of year.

Comment by Paul van Dongen on March 26, 2012 at 12:50pm

If yesterday is to be the standard, this season is going to be special. Thanks a lot to all.

Comment by Paul McKeever on March 26, 2012 at 1:05pm

What a lovely day to ride - we fantastic riding weather on Sunday! It was great to see so many people out riding in general. We can finally say that cycling season is back!

I thoroughly enjoyed riding with QB, both for the intense challenge to keep up and the camaraderie. He definitely summarized our version of the ride better than I would. That said, although I am thankful for his kind words, let me dispel all myths by insisting his rendition of my riding prowess is a huge exaggeration! The ride home with Jamie, Patryk, Peter, QB, and Tim was insane with that tailwind and great team work to boot.

Anyway, I look forward to the rides to come. We're clearly going to have an awesome year.

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