I decided to participate in this year's La Bicicletta GranFondo Ride. I have never done one of these rides before so I wasn't sure what to expect other than they said: "Fully Supported". I'm in! Thinking I was going to take a break from the organizing and marshaling that I normally try to do on BCC Rides. There were a lot of people I knew riding, including Gord B and his wife, Andre, Leigh, Dave A, Lou M, Peter Oyler and a Watts Up Group of about 10+ and a bunch of industry people I knew. Lou, Andre and I chose the 115km Route and the rest did the 80km route.
Now about the ride:
First and foremost, I would like to say that I have much respect for Heath and LaBicicletta, and all the work they did to make this what it was. It was well put together, good food, sponsors were very supportive and donated many prizes. So what I am going to report on is my perspective of the ride experience from my point of view. It does not reflect the overall feel of the ride as a whole.
The wind today was very strong. We all rode as w group for the first 40kms, and then we came upon some hills. The pace stayed at over 35kph over the rollers and it managed to break a peleton of over 100 riders into 2-3 larger groups(Micheal Barry/Jet Fuel Team) and many small splinter groups. At the end of the day, a great route, nice to see many faces I haven't seen in a long time, but I missed BCC! Both Andre and I spoke after the ride and we came to the same conclusion. We missed the comradeship that the BCC has lead us to know. Multiple times I tried to group people in smaller groups, but everyone seemed to want to do their own thing. So all in all, what I learned is that unless the BCC get a large enough group going to these things, the ride experience will be none like our club rides. I'm looking forward to the Centurion, cause we have a large contingent going and I know that we'll enjoy the ride/route as a whole(Club).
Thanks for taking the time to read my post.