This will be a group ride for intermediate to advanced road riders. It's also going to be a DROP ride. WHY? Because we will be chasing the sunset. Sunset for 4/29 is 7:52 (new moon...which means it will be dark).
Question? Difference between a drop ride and no drop ride?
Answer: No drop rides have someone who is riding (or watching) with the slowest rider. A drop ride...well if you can't keep up with the group, you are on your own...bring the map provided. I guess this means you shouldn't be a newbie. You should be able to ride comfortable on your own and not depend on anyone.
Bring front and back lights.
We will clip in and ride at 6:00. I will get to Alpine Shop around 5:30-5:45.
This will all be on roads, It is around 26 miles! ..and expect Hills...Lots and lots of hills!
What will the pace be? So you can make an an informed decision about attempting this ride?
I assume I will average around 15.0. (Last time we did this, Tim and the guys averaged 19 over the 26 miles) What does that mean? When I look down at my odometer I may see 17,18, or 22 on the flats....when I am climbing long steep hills...I may see 12, 10 or 9. At the end of the ride I should average over the 26 miles around 15 mph.
If you are unable to keep up with the slowest rider (me)... then that's probably too slow.
Why would I cancel this ride?
Rain or below 40 degrees..... I don't have time for that....
What do you to bring?
ROAD BIKE....not a hybrid, fixie, mountain bike...etc (also aero bars are allowed, but please DO NOT ride in them while on the pace line.... me or the guys will remind you not to....AND that's just uncomfortable for all of us!)
Helmet...don't be silly.
Mechanical needs....such as tools to repair tubes, tighten, adjust etc. It is a DROP ride this time of year.
Front and back blinky lights.
Print the map. I will not provide them to you.
Please make sure if you RSVP yes...that you are ready to ride 30 miles on busy streets at a FAST pace. As I said...it's a drop ride and you would be on your own. :*)