August 21/16: 101 Kms; 3 Hrs 23; 1080 Metres; Eleven Riders

Hello, well we survived the great rain event yesterday on the TdB. In fact, it was a non-event, except for a twenty-minute down-pour, making us grateful that it didn’t last any longer than that. At the time, a thick cloud cover turned the sky black, and ominous; while, the rooster-tails from the bikes in front made hydration easy. It’s always good to remember at such moments to breath through the nose. All in all, it was a great ride, in adverse conditions and requiring just enough effort to make it memorable. We’ll definitely be back next year. You just should have been there.

We learned several lessons, namely:

  • Porridge the night before a big ride is insufficient nutrition
  • A double helping of porridge the next morning won’t compensate for a poor meal choice of the night before
  • A well placed rest stop/fuel station can make all the difference
  • Doing a tour event once doesn’t mean that it gets any easier the next time
  • An incline is an incline regardless of its pitch
  • One doesn’t need a rain jacket in heavy rain when the temperature and humidity is high
  • Going out fast is not a good option unless you’re a racer.
  • It’s more fun passing riders on a climb than on the flats or downhills
  • It’s always a bonus if one of your fellow riders is an engineer
  • You can’t beat sharing a difficult ride with companionable riders
  • Time in the company of positive minded individuals is a painless inoculation
  • Grit and spirit are impenetrable to rain and adversity
  • All things pass

Do you have any lessons to share?

Okay, this Saturday we will only ride a short distance because on Sunday we ride the MEC Summer Metric Century. Of course, we could ride our own metric century on Saturday. We usually do. But, given the adrenaline on tap for Sunday, we’ll save some energy for that effort. If you are not riding the MEC century and would like me to post a ride from Stinsons on Sunday, let me know.

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Okay, Ride your bike! Bye-bye, ac. Comments always welcome at arnpriorcycling@bell.net; https://twitter.com/ArnpriorCycling

Reminder that time is running out to register for the Upcoming Tour: MEC August 28 Details: http://events.mec.ca/event/105321/mec-ottawa-summer-century-ride-2016-summer-century.

O why do you walk through the fields in gloves,
Missing so much and so much?
O fat white woman whom nobody loves,
Why do you walk through the fields in gloves,
When the grass is soft as the breast of doves
And shivering sweet to the touch?
O why do you walk through the fields in gloves,
Missing so much and so much?  Franes Cornford