Sorry, folks - no pictures. This ride was WAY too fast for that, even for me.
Peter Skalenda and I arrived at the CNE at 5:30, just seconds before they opened the gate for the 75 km riders. This let us get to the very front of the group.
For those of you who didn't know, every year the lead 75 km group gets a police escort - it's not needed on the initial loop, but the police will clear the way for the second loop so that the lead group doesn't get held up by other riders who will be on course by then (not everyone on the ride seems to understand the "keep right, pass left" concept).
Peter and I were joined at the front by Alex Stephan and Paul McKeever, ensuring that the BCC was well represented in the lead group - the group numbered around 10 riders for the bulk of the ride, although it was nearly double that at the beginning. (There was one other rider sporting the new BCC red kit - very snazzy - atop a black and red Pinarello, I think. Sorry, I don't know who you are, and you dropped back into one of the chase groups before I got a chance to speak to you.)
Anyway, the ride was FAST. Unfortunately, I was at the back (alright, just slightly off the back, but close enough to close on the downhill!) and got held up at the turn at York Mills on the second loop - there's a rest stop at this point and riders were just weaving all over the place, forcing me to break heavily. I gave it my best and although I could see the group just ahead of me, I wasn't able to close the gap riding solo. On the plus side, I was able to take advantage of the porta-potties at Bayview-Bloor (too much coffee this morning!). Paul, Peter, and Alex stayed in and finished 75 km ride in just under 2 hours (Paul's computer indicated an average speed of 38.5 km/h). I came in a few minutes later wiith an average speed of 35.9 km/h.