September 14/14: 13 Riders; 100.5 Kms; 3 Hrs 05; 416 Metres

Well, that was a ride — a PB for most of us, under pretty good conditions, albeit a bit cool but with a moderate wind that propelled us a high-speed for many kilometres. The large double pace-line held together for most of the circuit and helped  make for a quick trip, with the stronger riders (Perry, Rob, Scott) taking longer pulls into the wind. This enabled us to stay together for all but the last 10 kms or so.

Overall, the thrilling  ride of the morning was a long one —  beginning at Blakeney Road near Pakenham and continuing all the way to Almonte and on via the Appleton Side Road to the Ninth Line and Ashton. On this latter section, the lads were on fire, racing to pull back two riders off the front. It was a hoot. You really should have been there, really.

Given the pace, no one complained because the effort was more exhilarating than exhausting, although we were all happy to arrive at Alice’s for  a hot meal of baked beans and pulled pork and draft beer. Unfortunately, the cool air made for uncomfortable alfresco dining. It would have been nice to tarry for a while but that was not to be — perhaps next year when we would expect to do it all again. Overall, just a great turnout. Thanks for making it a memorable day and for being such great sports.

Well, it is not over yet, I don’t think. We do expect to ride for a few more weekends. Let’s see what the weather has in store for us. I’ll post again on Friday. My suggestion is that we pull back a bit to consolidate our fitness gains. Many of us have ridden hard for several weekends. And, after all, the season is coming to an end.

We have only one more tentative official event on the calendar, the WQW Tour des Ponts on October 04. More info to come on this in due course.

Bye, bye, ac. Comments welcome at arnpriorcycling@bell.net; http://www.twitter.com/ArnpriorCycling

Well Fed; Well done

Well Fed; Well done

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