1) Snapper - short, 2) BobH - long, 3) Norris - long, 4) IvaHawk - long, 5) Mallet - short + to-from home, 6) Smitty - short, 7) Tito - long, 8) Ivan - short, 9) Agnew - long, 10) Ivan's friend Andy - short, 11) me - long + a little extra
"Strategy", or "The County Line Conspiracy"
Very sunny day.
Some nice scenery. Esp. early on Lawrence and all of Bold Run Hill roads. Also John Mitchell, Woodland Ch, Hugh Davis, Mays Store, Suitt/Evans, Gordon Moore roads.
Oh, the results of the County Line "sprints":
1. Mallet - apparently he zipped around the main group after bridging from the autobus
2. me - the Mallet let me have it / fit nicely in the "conspiracy"
3. Smitty - I was too far back to "understand" the action up front
4. Smitty - 0.6 miles after # 3; probably caught everyone in the front group unawares
5. Smitty - Iva and Tito tried to go the wrong way on John Mitchell Rd. The Mallet took off; the "evil" Smitty caught him.
6. Mallet - he was well back when I told him "it is time for you to make a move" / he pulled away up the slope
7. Tito - the "conspiracy" lead-out-man beat off the "evil" Smitty
8. BobH - the smaller "long crew" rode thru as a group; no one made an attempt. (That's what I heard.)
9. BobH - the "long crew" rode thru as a group; no one made an attempt. (That's what I SAW.)
10. BobH - first three probably rode thru as a group; I'm guessing. I was back at the corner waiting for the flo-max twins.
11. Hawk - see my comment on the "Strategy" post
12. Tito - He accelerated early on Rock Springs Rd. Iva and I could not hang on. The others may have bridged. Iva and I never saw the lead foursome again. Only Tito was still at PUE. Iva had the key to the car.
Tito got a flat just as we got to Gordon Moore / Pokomoke Rd on the way back. Iva was looking around and squeezing his tires because he thought that the sound of leaking air had come from his bike. Norris and BobH and Agnew checked their bikes. I had fallen back a bit, and got to the corner AFTER the flatting sound. Finally, Norris or BobH (? - memory fails) saw the flat and said "Tito, it's your front tire." Luckily, Tito had picked a very sunny place out of the breeze to get his flat. We all waited. Some helped. The remainder just enjoyed the extra rest stop.
The Hawk found what appears to be a very nice and functional tape measure at the corner of Peed and MVC. A profitable ride for him.
A mile later, the rear of the autobus called ahead to the front of the autobus "I have a flat. But I'm going to keep going." Iva rode the climb up to PUE on a flat front tire. Hard core!
I hope everyone enjoyed the ride. I had much pleasure in figuring out the course - which I did about a year ago, I think.
A nice thing about today's course is that it can TRULY be ridden as a hill-cadence training exercise. I think Andy KNOWS it was a hill-cadence exercise. Thanks to Snapper and host Spronk for taking care of guest Andy.
I hope Ivan convinces Andy to come again and try us again. I think he might make the second person in the group that I can out-climb. I doubt that the next few rides will be quite as hilly as today's was. However, as we all know: there are no flat courses north of Raleigh.
I am tired. But I expect to be fit as fiddle by Noon tomorrow!
This was only one Shadow course. There are many more !!
PUE: (1) 12-CL Fest; 55.5 m.; 3hrs, 44min; 14.8 mph;
. . . . . . . .(2) some solo on the flat near PUE; 7.6 m.; 0hrs, 32min; 14.0 mph;
. . . . . . . . . . . .total 63.1 m.; 4hrs, 16min; 14.8 mph.
( Probably should have ridden another 0.9 miles to get my 64th ride of at least 64 miles; but I was passing PUE and the extra miles were not fun; so I stopped; at least I got in 100+k.)
Jan tot: _4 rides; 208.5 m.; 12 hrs, 54 min; 16.1 mph.
Feb tot: _4 rides; 222.0 m.; 14 hrs, 47 min; 15.0 mph.
Mar tot: _1 rides; _63.1 m.; _4 hrs, 16 min; 14.8 mph.
YTD tot: _9 rides; 493.6 m.; 31 hrs, 58 min; 15.4 mph.