Denmark(2), Germany, England, USA, Israel and Canada were represented, so just like the World Cup then, except that there were no Brazilians, and Canada actually got to join in (sorry couldn't resist), and thankfully the English guy didn't have to take a penalty against the German. Much of the pace line chatter was in Danish as the majority of the group spoke the lingo. How many group rides around Canada could lay claim to that curious statistic.

On saturday We (Keld, Petra, Nils, Yossi, Harris, Chris W and I) went for an informal group ride to Goodwood, mainly because most of us had non-cycling related activities to do on Sunday. What!! Yep, non-cycling related activities on Sunday, which essentially meant drinking on saturday night, but for various reasons we needed to get some miles in for upcoming events (Rideau, Hairshirt). 

Interestingly just like the blogs from Trish and Jeff the theme of our ride was "Smooth". No Hammers, no segments or cups, just tight double and single pacelines, courteous riding and great chat and guess what, we still turned in a 29kph average into a head wind both ways (how does that work!) without feeling like we were pushing particularly hard.  It works! Clearly the whole club is currently working on etiquette, and on our ride i can safely say we got it right. I think that this was and should be considered a comfortable Group 2 pace if any of you know us, and our styles, it may help as a barometer for your own pace groups.  We took respectable turns at pulling, some more than others, but that is because we are a team, round pegs in round holes. Petra had amazing power pulling us up the hills, Keld, Nils and I are more suited to pulling those long faster stretches down from Goodwood. Yossi, as usual, was an absolute model of consistent, strong, and  smooth riding. Harris has other ideas as he is building up mileage for the ridiculously long Hairshirt ride, and put in an extra 40km at the end of our ride.

We met up with a mutual friend Robin (yep, Danish) from MGC who was keen to try out the Goodwood loop. Amazingly he had never been to Aninas. I realized how lucky we are, as MGCers do the same route week in week out, whereas we get to do a huge range of great rides thanks to Dan, and how he has set up the club. 

I don't need to describe the route, as you all know those roads, but with the gorgeous weather, wonderful team riding and a leisurely stop at Aninas for fantastic coffee and pastries it felt like the ride we had been waiting all winter for. 

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Comment by Harris Silver on June 2, 2014 at 4:33pm
Great post Simon, and many thanks for the 'Diesel' pulls! Smooth was really good on the ride and is definitely the way to go! Now we just have to pick up a few key words in Danish!
Comment by Yossi Cadan on June 2, 2014 at 8:49pm

The Dens completely ruled the ride and leaving at 7am is always good when the ride is long. Great pulls by Simon and the Dens. The next ride will leave from Fristaden Christiania

Comment by Simon Kelley on June 4, 2014 at 12:11pm

Keld just reminded me of Rule #95. How embarrassing. I apologize profusely. It will never happen again.

Comment by Yossi Cadan on June 5, 2014 at 7:12pm

Yes, it was these smokey and free love days and only great memories left now

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