Well, this morning came and no rain but heavy air met me as I left the house. I decided to ride the tri bike today and begin to get some mileage on this bike since I hadn't really rode it earnest since IM Canada. As I came up main st and approached grinder I was beginning to believe I had missed the start time. All I could see was a lone rider, which didn't make sense for such a beautiful day! The lone rider was Alex, and soon enough Peter Sutton and Peter Cahill had joined and now it was shortly after 6. We started off and made our way down Gerrard setting off for the 110k hoping that the rain held off.
As we approached Kingswood, Peter Cahill and I were in the front with Peter Sutton and Alex trailing. I hit one of the construction holes and with that one of my bottles ejected. Unfortunately the bottle didn't move left or right it stayed right in the path of Peter Sutton. He managed to bunny hop with the front wheel but unfortunately the bottle caught the rear wheel, peter skidded and then went down. Once again, a helmet saved a noggin and with some scrapes on the elbow and on the butt, Peter looked ok, ok is relative to what could have been if.....a car had been close on our tail, or we were in a peloton of 20 riders...two name just two alternatives that might have ended very badly. After 5 minutes or so of making sure all was well, peter gingerly made his way back onto the bike and headed home. This reminds me why we don't carry aluminum bottles on our bikes, but I might also give up freezing my bottles and just throw lots of ice in.
A small group of 4, was now down to a group of 3 and so we made off for the ride. The rest of the 109kms were uneventful thank goodness, with good roads, some great pastries and coffee in goodwood.
We averaged 32.5km/hr for the full ride and no rain.
I hope Peter still feels fine after the adrenaline of the crash wears off. In less than 10 days I have witnessed two more instances of helmets being crucial gear. My youngest son, crashed on queen street last sunday as he crossed the street car tracks after it had rained. Of course the tracks are as slick as ice at that point and down he went crashing into a parked suv, his head hitting the running boards. The helmet saved his noggin (when i received the phone call from a bystander that he had gone down I doubted he was wearing one given the battles we have had over wearing helmets - come-on dad, i wont crash, I am a great cyclist, come-on dad, I don't ride as fast as you, come-on dad the helmets are geeky - I am sure as parents we have all heard the excuses), he likely suffered a small concussion and had scrapes and bruises. A trip to the hospital was in order but all was well.
So Peter, I hope you are doing well. Thanks to Peter Cahill and Alex Steen for a great sunday ride.
Here are my ride details for those who like data.