Well, it took a few weeks but we finally had a dry Thursday night! 

 

 

Guess people have been saving up there hill-climbing needs, as we had quite a big crowd this week.

 

Solid climbing efforts - excellent work everyone!!!

 

Jeff was especially well-prepared - got to admit, I don't ride with extra bar tape !

 

 

Paul - you made a pretty solid effort on the Midland hill; did you get your Strava point back (or whatever it's called)?

This weeks polka dot jersey goes to Evan, who managed six Brimley repeats!  He's not in this picture, 'cause while all these folks are all resting for the Tour de Scarborough and our little "surprise" for Hillicious first timers (Jessica, what did you think of Meadowcliffe?), Evan was grinding his way up Brimley, yet again....

 

Brimley's done, so it's all flat from here on, right?

 

As for our green jersey this week, I haven't a clue - I got caught behind that slow moving car just before the Kingston Road and Danforth split.  I managed to chase back on to the back of the group, but the lights at Birchmount stopped a bunch of us.  A saw that a few riders up front got through, but not certain who they were or who took the sprint; please post if you know who !

 

Till next week (presuming that it's dry) !

 

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Comment by Paul McKeever on June 21, 2013 at 8:13am

Had a great time as always! Came in with the intention of taking it easy with the exception of my little foray up Midland. I did manage to tie the Midland KOM set by David Moore from MGCC, who is also the proud holder of the much-prized Brimley KOM. Anyway, I was self-pressured into climbing Brimley twice and then peer pressured into a 3rd climb. Then somehow I found myself at the bottom of Meadowcliffe .... well there goes taking it easy! Alas, a true passion is something you suffer for regardless of its consequences.

Until next time, ladies and germs!

Comment by David Raponi-Monk on June 21, 2013 at 6:00pm

I agree with Andre....quite the evening. Nothing like ending the night with a bag full of PRs on Strava, but why didn't somebody warn me about Meadowcliffe? I should have known when I was going down that there was a payback.

Thanks everyone for a great ride!

Comment by Peter Sutton on June 21, 2013 at 6:06pm
Warn you !?! What would be the fun iin that ?

If we warned you, you wouldn't do it. It's much more enjoyable this way...
Comment by David Raponi-Monk on June 21, 2013 at 6:20pm

Point well taken Peter. I only figured it out when I saw the dead end sign at the bottom.......oh yeah....and saw some members climbing towards me while I was still going down the other way.

Comment by Alexx Hooper on June 21, 2013 at 8:29pm

Finally made it out to my first Hills Night of the year - I remembered why I love this ride - the hills are tough, as always, but the company is great, and it always ends up being a nice ride for moving around and talking to lots of people. Fun. Probably one of my favourite rides of the week.

Brooke did 5 Brimleys, I think! And Andrew led our group out for a great sprint along Danforth. Great ride home with Steve and Paul M. See y'all next week!

Comment by Peter Sutton on June 21, 2013 at 11:35pm
In all seriousness, Meadowcliffe serves a very useful purpose. Brimley can be pretty dispiriting to many first-timers; after one or two very tough reps, they're often convinced that they simply can't climb hills.

Of course, it's complete nonsense. They just need practice. However, a lot of people might not believe that, and we may never see them again if they can't be convinced they really can climb.

Meadowcliffe forces the issue - if you want to go home, you need to get up a hill that is way steeper than Brimley (17% at its worst, compared to 12%). Yet in all the years I've done this ride, I have NEVER seen anyone walk up that hill. EVERYONE - no matter how tired, or how "weak" or whatever - rides it. And I mean literally everyone.

INo, we don't warn you because it is so much better for your confidence to realize that you really CAN climb! Because you really can. You may not enjoy it, but you can do I. It may not be as fast as some, but you CAN get up the hill.

The best part of this ride is hearing people tell me how much they use to HATE climbs, and how much the enjoyed Thursday rides!

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