Okay. Hello there.

This is a big one. It’s the full Monty. No discounts. Full price at the turnstile. Are you ready? We have everything – distance, hills, scenery, a nice coffee stop, amiable ride companions, cycling banter, route options to exit early from the ride, high spirits, and fist pumps at the end followed by a CM at the For the Road Cafe. You don’t want to miss this training circuit. It’s a favourite because the satisfaction of completion is worthy of the effort.

Okay, just thinking that when I was a younger man the days were long and the nights were short. Now age has us up at dawn and down at dusk obeying the eternal diurnal rhythm. What’s to be done?

Okay, here’s the tentative plan for Saturday:

Meet at Stinsons at 8 am 8 am and ride to Renfrew via White Lake, Burnstown to Pucker St to Norton to #132 and then back into the Bonnechere Bakery for coffee; home via Burstown and #508 and Russett for a total distance of 110 Kms, approx. This is a classic route and one you won’t forget. It has everything to test your fitness and to give you a taste of what’s in store for next week’s Tour de Bonnechere. If you can do this, you can that. And as an olive branch, this Sunday’s ride will be short and sweet and easy. We must have fresh legs for the 16th. General fitness is not enough in this sport. The legs have it all.

Just a reminder, it’s steady as she goes. These are ‘no-drop’ group rides. Solo interval riding is for the week days. We will make an effort to keep the group together on the hills. Weather 20 C+, with winds N & NE at 10.

It’s holiday time so some of the lads are out-of-town; not sure who will show up.

FYI, in case you are interested, I plan to take a break from coordinating these rides as of August 16. Need a change. Hope to see you this Sunday.

Bonnechere August 16: – details here: http://tourdebonnechere.blogspot.ca/. I’m registered. Are you?

MEC Cycle August 23. Details here: http://events.mec.ca/event/44386/mec-ottawa-century-ride-2015. I’m registered for the 100 kms.

Perth Cyclesportif: Saturday, September 26: http://www.cyclosportifperth.ca/

Okay, bye bye, ac. Comments always welcome at arnpriorcycling@bell.net; http://www.twitter.comArnpriorCycling

Yellow Chair - next the Yellow Jersey

Yellow Chair – next the Yellow Jersey