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Did anyone from the Chicago area chance a ride yesterday?(9 posts)

Did anyone from the Chicago area chance a ride yesterday?Kristin
May 12, 2003 6:44 AM
How was it? I was tempted, and if it had been warmer I would have. But I didn't feel like getting all layered up just so I could go out and get blown over into traffic.

I'm very angry with the Chicagoland weather people right now. I listened to the reports at 8am on Saturday, and based on their comments, I took my ride right away. I wanted to be sure to miss all those terribibble storms that were destined to arrive in the afternoon. It was just cloudy when I started out. By Batavia it was drizzling and by St. Charles it was lightening. I stopped at a wet bridge to chat with some riders who'd gone down and watch a couple more go down. That's when it started raining in earnest. When I arrived at my door 6 miles later, it was an all out monsoon. When I emerged from the shower one hour later, it was sunny and the birds were happily chattering. The dreaded weather never did arrive. Or did it? I had planned to get in 50+ miles this weekend, and I only did 18. Ah...spring in Chicago.

Now, I know these weather people have access to doppler. So when they read off the 2 hour old report they got from the NWS that states stroms to arrive in the afternoon, you'd think they'd also look down that the screen and say something to the effects of, "Hey, there's a big yellow blob heading for Chicago right now!!!"
I was tempted Sunday morning....PEDDLEFOOT
May 12, 2003 6:54 AM
...just to see what it would be like but then common sense told me to stay in.Rode the trainer for an houe instead. On Saturday I was able to get 50 miles in between 6:00 am to 9:30 am.No rain around Streamwood all day.Actually the worst weather was when I was riding!Cloudy but mild temps with slight winds.Sorry you got rained on.

You should now about those Chicgoland weather forecasts by now! :-)
re: Did anyone from the Chicago area chance a ride yesterday?WrigleyRoadie
May 12, 2003 6:58 AM
I had been planning on it, but I was more worried about getting hit by home runs leaving Wrigley than I was about getting blown into traffic. The most entertaining game that never was...

Had a great ride on Saturday morning, actually. Got caught by a little mist, but it was the least wind I've ridden in for the last two weeks.
re: Did anyone from the Chicago area chance a ride yesterday?yellowspox
May 12, 2003 7:22 AM
Our club rode Saturday in the Rockford/Belvidere area and then did a road clean-up project. We got a bit nervous just before returning from Belvidere in the AM when one of the rider's lightning strike indicator kept registering hits at less than 6 miles. It blew by and got very nice. Sunday's ride was scratched. We had gusts to 45/50 mph with crap being blown everywhere....that's before the rains hit. We were supposed to be riding open country roads. My car was all over the road in the wind. I wouldn't have considered it on a bike !
Yes, if you want to call it that.MR_GRUMPY
May 12, 2003 7:31 AM
My plan for Sunday, was to drive down to the U. of Chicago and do a Crit down there. After I saw the weather report, I decided to stay home and just do a ride. I went over to a teammates house and started a 8:30. After being blown around for 5 miles we decided to go back to his house and spend our time on his Computrainers. The wind was 25-30 mph with gusts in the mid 50's.
Saturday, I drove down to a little town called Bonfield for a 20K Time Trial. It was lightening to the south of us, when I started. Just after I finished, the rain came down the wind picked up. It poured for about another hour and a half.
I hope that the weather is better next weekend. I'm going to try to get in a nice long ride in on Sat. and then do an organized 60 mile ride on Sunday.
Once I saw a cat fly past my 2nd floor window, I said no way. nmSkidoo
May 12, 2003 8:59 AM
Well, lemme tell ya about the race down at U of Chicago!!rollo tommassi
May 12, 2003 10:00 AM
The start, facing West, was curious at best. GO! and off we go, in our small chainrings, and probably a 15 or 17 cog. You see, it's the 30mph SW wind (gusts up to 50mph!)that makes it soooooo exciting! We wobble down the Midway Plaisance, get thru corner #1, then corner #2, the out corner#2 and WHAM!!! Big chainring, 30mph tailwind, and spun out in a 53x14 in about 50 meters! then turn #3,turn#4,and WHAM! the headwind again, at your ten o'clock, and WEEEEEEEEEE we get blown sideways into the opposite gutter. Repeat for ten laps. I think I finished 14th.
LOL. That's great. If I'd known there was a race yesterdayKristin
May 12, 2003 10:08 AM
I'd have gone out. I was bored stiff and sure could have used the entertainment.
I did 2 unmerciful laps by myself…TFerguson
May 12, 2003 11:06 AM
after getting dropped by the 50+ crowd. I would come blasting around #4, hit a gust and almost stop. After 2 laps another rider caught me and we shared the load the rest of the way.

I saw one guy in the Cat 4 race get blown right over the curb and up on the lawn coming out of #4.

At least the rain didn't start until after I (50+) and my driver (Cat 4) were finished.