|mad props to m'boy Mike Prince||JS Haiku Shop|
Jun 6, 2003 6:58 AM
|on our weekly Southern National Champs ride last night--on a new route, nonetheless--Mike pulled a Jacky Durand in the first few miles. caught (by J2 of course), but as with all good aggressive riders, if the first one doesn't work...well...he put in another few moves in the final 10 miles, and ended up pulling into the starting lot with only J2 (out of 32 riders), with a ~20.8 mph average for 35 fairly hilly miles. i watched them from a distant third, with pincushion thighs after departing the J2 train in the last half mile.
I knew it was going to be a fun ride when Mike complained of "dead legs" at the start. it univerally translates to "better eat that powergel before we start".
something i suspected but which was confirmed last night: change-up the route and make a new map, don't mark the roads, and the front group will sit up while the route maker (J) gets back into the fold. the unfortunate aspect was towing 15 others back up with me. :)
J2 obviously loathes following cues, and nobody else cared to read them, either! since it's been taking me 25 miles to get warmed up these days, i might have to change the thursday night route every week.
mantra for last night was "don't vomit".
-J (starting to recover from brevet riding. F@#$ ILLINOIS!)
below is pictured Mike Prince, pic probably by Graham Watson. ok, that's really Durand.
|Please Please go very very hard on Thursday July 17........||abicirider|
Jun 6, 2003 7:18 AM
|That is my only only hope for not being of the back by 25 miles on Friday July 18 in N. Ga
Glad you guys have a fun group ride makes it all the better.
Be safe out on the roads!!!!!!!!!
|re: mad props to m'boy Mike Prince||J2|
Jun 6, 2003 9:29 AM
|yeah, i pulled up along mike before the last steep climb and told him about the hill coming up. he backed of but not soon enough as that hill kicked pretty hard. i don't think he was quite expecting 'da gang' to be riding so good (neither was i). i was caught in the middle, i didn't want to pull off cause they were really riding strong but i also knew i couldn't let mike go too far. mike p. trying to pull off the front = trouble, and if you let him go you might not see him again that ride. and (J) didn't tell ya he kept up on his cross' bike that weigh's approx 10lbs more than his road bike! it was good to see him pushing some speed again after all the distance training.|
Jun 7, 2003 8:58 AM
|T'was a fun ride. Just doing my part to make it fun and help some folks push to get a best time ever for the distance....although every time I went off the front I realized that I had little to no idea where I was going. I've never heard so many "right turn!" and "left turn!" shouts from the group, let alone simultaneously. That was interesting and entertaining to a certain degree. I think half the group was holding their cue sheets upside down.
My highlight of the epic stage of the Southern Natl Champs? Me breaking away for the umpteenth time, thinking I had the group beat to the next hill. Halfway up J coasts by (off a perfect leadout from J2) sitting up while I'm about to hurl. I wish I could have seen the look on my face. Needless to say, that gave me a little more motivation to push some more :). I've had fast rides in this group before, but it was 3-4 of us, not 15-20 that hung together. An awesome effort by the group to hold things together.
J2 did kill me on the last hill. I was waiting to pay the price for my suicide attacks, but it never happened. Once again a great ride with an outstanding group of folks.
Mike (tied with J for the "iron bike" award)