Super Slaying Sunday Ride Completed - 1 of 3?

Hey all,

Hope everyone had a great ride. Pace back was pretty quick. Someone told me the they had Dist. of 120kms with 32kph AVG. That's Tuesday night speed! Brian, that's 2 rides back to back with the BCC - hope you enjoyed yourself! Enjoy the pics and video.

D.




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Comment by DY on August 29, 2010 at 2:30pm
With stops and rattlesnake, you all are in racing shape. It will be neat to see what the average is next season at this time. A "quick" pace is an under statement:-)
Comment by Alexx Hooper on August 29, 2010 at 4:30pm
Dan, a well-planned route and a great day! Had a fabulous ride on really pretty farm roads - the air was so fresh this morning! Great that the groups could all meet up at the coffee shop for a nice visit before heading home. Mel, thanks for the company on the way up, and Brooke - thanks for keeping Mel and I company on the way home, and for the fascinating conversation too! A super ride, everyone!
Comment by DRU on August 29, 2010 at 5:07pm
Boy, am I going to sleep like a baby tonight! That was a tough ride.
Comment by qb on August 29, 2010 at 7:48pm
A great ride, a lot of challenges and decisions. The first was getting out of bed. The second was making a decision between lakeshore and leslie or Marie Curtis - so I chose Ontario Place! Third was doing two loops of rattlesnake. Much like my invitation on the blog to do the escarpment followed by snake road and rattlesnake climb, I was hoping nobody would take my up on the invite to do rattlesnake a second time. Unfortunately Jason was game and unfortunately he had a lot of it - kicked my butt. Just to remind all, this climb is 130 m over 2.2km according to my garmin (14th). By my math I think that works out to 6% grade. My final choice was to try and chase down patryk along britannia and my legs are paying the price. The man is now so clearly in a class by himself on these rides that I have dubbed him - Patryk the Pain Master. Thanks for all of the pulls from the group that went long today, much appreciate it. My average speed was 33km/h for 125.9km and max speed was 79.3km/hr coming down off of rattlesnake.
qb
Comment by Jeff N on August 29, 2010 at 11:53pm
Wow, slay the snake never fails to deliver ! Thanks Dan for another great ride.
Door to door 162km! On the way back from coffee, the sprint team pulled away (you know who you are, see 32kph comments above) In the next group we had Michael, Steve Jones, Ian, me and Brian. Great work guys, it was fantastic to get the echelon working, high speed and fun! Along Lakeshore we collected a few more, Dan, Steve W, and Jason and eventually Paul. I think our average from coffee to Marie Curtis was over 32kph!

Another highlight, at the end of the ride only Jason, Ian and I were left. At Queen and Beach a few BCCers were enjoying a pint and burger on the patio and they flagged us in! I think we found a good ending tradition, the beer was amazing, thanks Rob and especially thanks Steve for picking up the tab, cheers!
Comment by qb on August 30, 2010 at 8:07am
http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/article/854075--mississauga-cyclist...
Very sobering thoughts given the location. With some of the heavy traffic on the roads and some drivers who dont like sharing, clearly need to always be vigilent to the fact that we will ALWAYS lose when bike confronts car or truck. Even if we think the motorist might be in the wrong, there is no value to being Dead Right.
Comment by Paul van Dongen on August 30, 2010 at 9:30am
I heard this story second-hand, QB. As we all waited for the traffic light at Britannia and RR25, two riders caught up and told Andre and me that their friend had just been hit by a car about a half-hour earlier. I guess the light changed and with that everyone disappeared up the road, leaving Andre and me to fend for ourselves. We continued on, but my heart wasn't really in it anymore. Hope he will be okay. And you are absolutely right, Quentin. Reminds me to read these once again... http://beachescyclingclub.ning.com/page/rider-notes
Comment by Jeff N on August 30, 2010 at 10:46am
Sorry to hear about the rider.
Good idea to review the rider notes. Let's keep BCC known as a club with manners and good ride ediquette, we will all be safer and will keep attracting the riders we will want to ride with.
Comment by Mel on August 30, 2010 at 11:10am
I had the most amazing ride! Thank you Alexx and Brooke for taking such good care of me up those hills and along some of those flats. I feel like I really accomplished something by finally doing back to back moderately long rides and doing OK. I was tired last night and my legs felt like noodles, but this morning I seem to have bounced right back.
Brooke, I learned so much from you on the way back home. I love the way the time just flew by listening to all those amazing stories you had to tell about the kids you work with. They are so lucky to have you as a teacher!
Comment by DY on August 30, 2010 at 1:32pm
Thanks all for the comments everyone.

From what I notice this weekend and on our rides over the last few months:


1. Always Check Cars when Passing - It seems that as a group, in the heat of the moment, one tends to just focus on following the wheel in front of them. Responsibility of the follower is making sure it's safe to pass if you plan on passing and if there is an obstacle ahead, to make sure the way is safe to pass the obstacle. I've noticed if the person at the front needs to pass, everyone just follows - NO ONE CHECKS to see if it is safe to pass. Cars need to know you are going to pass, especially on the single lane roads. Not all the drivers like to give us space, some feel the need to get as close as possible when passing as to prove a point. Assuming there are no cars coming and the way is clear to pass is Not Safe for Anyone. Always Check.

2. Keep a Tight Pace Group - I know everyone wants to see what is in front but if everyone moves out to get a view the pace group gets wide and spread out - unpredictable. As a group, we need to be predictable and respectful of drivers. If you don't trust the person you are riding behind, don't. And if you need to see what is in front of you, go to the front and pull, but stay in the line at all times.

3. Check for Cars Periodically if you are at the Back or near the Back - I noticed on Sunday that when someone called "Car Back!" everyone payed more attention to keeping the pace line tight, then after the car passed, the pace line scattered again. Lets try and stay consistent and be predictable. It's safer in the long run.

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