My First Trip of the Turbo Tuesday Train

I just got home from the most brilliant ride!  I joined to Turbo Tuesday Nighttime ride for the first time. It's going to be a while before I'm able to go to sleep.  What a ton of fun.  Having said that, this ride isn't going to be everybody's cup of tea.  It's consistently fast (at times very, very fast), and half the ride happens in the dark.  This makes having a fair bit of nerve and a lot of experience in tight group critical prerequisites.  

Ironically, though, it's also the safest, most relaxed and comfortable I have felt on my bike in a while.  The group is small: a dozen riders.  The communication is direct and highly focussed: pointing at road hazards and calling out cars are limited to the absolutely bare essentials but are very clear.  Everybody rides with a healthy respect for the speed, the conditions and, most importantly, each other.  When a few of us got seriously dropped by the Elite racers on the crit loop, we worked together to set the best pace we could and avoid getting lapped.  If somebody got gapped on an incline, they instantly got help to bridge back on. We rode fast, but never with anything to prove. (In fact, I'm sure a few of the Elite racers in the group could have gone a hell of a lot faster!) I think that was the key to what made the ride so much fun, and also made it so smooth and safe.  

Besides wanting to share the positive experiences from my first Turbo Tuesday ride, they seemed to fit well into the context of the larger discussions in the club over the last couple of weeks.

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Comment by DY on June 11, 2014 at 7:43am

Where are the pics?

Comment by Paul McKeever on June 11, 2014 at 8:10am

Too busy riding together so we didn't take any. #safetyfirst :)

Jon: Thanks for coming out and speaking to the type of camaraderie we employ on the Tuesday ride. When we work together, we all go faster and have a better time.

Comment by Paul van Dongen on June 11, 2014 at 12:16pm

Nice, Jon. Your experience is precisely as mine has been. As you said, it is ironically the safest, and by far, the best ride the club offers. This is difficult to understand if you haven't been there. Glad you said, "What the hell," and went for it. Hope to join everyone soon.

Comment by Yossi Cadan on June 11, 2014 at 1:51pm

Thanks Jon, my main hesitation was about riding in the dark, but following your blog, I will try to make it for next Tuesday

Comment by Alex Mulholland on June 12, 2014 at 4:12pm

As alwayas this Tuesday was a blast.  I second that its the most fun I have on the bike! Glad you made it out, its great to have more folks riding laps to work with.  Besides the speed of the ride, and the epic workout, I always feel comfortable with the caliber of the riders around me.  Kudos to paul for his killer KOM lap on the crit! 

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