Even as we move into the fall we are attracting new riders. Mohamed was here for the first time, had a good ride and promises to be back. Theresa, newly arrived from LA, was adjusting to the altitude and arrived without water – but other riders kept her hydrated and encouraged. Relative new comer Brenda was back and made a solid ride on a hybrid bike that is a bit short for her. She is going to be faster when we get her on a road bike that fits!
Malia would like to give a special shout out to David for joining us today- after an initial missed break from a fall he took during an earlier group ride in the summer, David was out sporting his stylish pink cast. David was dying to get back out on his bike, even if it meant riding the shorter route than the intermediate ride he typically joins. Thanks so much for getting back in the saddle with us David! Great job to everyone who joined the Rec ride this week and hope to see everyone out next Saturday!
A couple from New Jersey joined us who had never ridden more than 35 miles back home. Congrats to Robin, a breast cancer survivor, as she and her husband successfully completed the 47 miles (at altitude!) in preparation for a 50-mile fundraiser back home on the East Coast in the next week to celebrate their wedding anniversary of 19 years. A couple ladies from the Women's Group Ride joined us as well.
After a brief regroup at REI the pack pushed through the highlands and before long were at the gas station on Ford to refuel. A flat and different paces split the group in half on the trip home, but all finished well and had a great ride! We averaged 16-19 mph as the group was somewhat divided, Justin and the regulars lead a very strong pace at the front of the pack. Great ride everyone.