Century Club w/ Lou

Ok. Given the weather forecast I am going to go with the shorter Ride to the Colleges. It also gives us some options to shorten the ride if the weather forecast is wrong and we get heavy rain earlier. And if things are good and we want to add some miles we have some options. Well, weather is a bit iffy for Saturday, and by iffy I mean do I bring my older bike for a rainy ride or my new bike because its bright and sunny.  The ride goes on either way.  Since I don't know what the weather will bring Saturday I have created two routes. One is a little shorter and will have us riding at a slower pace since its through parts of Easton and Bethlehem, and we have some nice climbs.  The other also has some nice climbs, but a lot more open and flat for a faster pace.  I will make the final call on the route Friday when we have a better read on if the weather guys are in any way correct with the current forecast.

So the rainy ride would be to tour the 4 major colleges/universities in Easton, Bethlehem and Center Valley:

http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/379456529

If you can get there before 8 we'll try to get out a few minutes early. • Please note that we are leaving at 8:15 am.  So please arrive before to get paperwork and a quick bike check out of the way.

Century Club w/ Lou, is a road ride that prepares you for Century Season.  Speed, difficulty and distance will progress throughout the season.  Expect an average speed of 13-18+ mph(depending on route and riders).  A road bike is required.  We will stop for a breather and a snack around the mid-way point. Be sure to bring a few bucks for food and drink.

This ride is led by Genesis Ambassador Lou Brooks, an experienced Ride Leader who was professionally trained by a League of American Bicyclists Certified Instructor.  Lou is a competitive duathlete and triathlete with over 25 years of cycling experience and knowledge. 

 

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  • Lou Brooks J.

    Great ride, only had to do the last 15 in the rain, thanks for joining

    March 29, 2014

  • Dave G.

    Fun ride! We started to get wet around 10:30am...so Lou won the bet! Raining but not cold....probably because of all of the climbing. My winter riding boots....which are waterproof....kept my feet warm but filled with water...FROM THE TOP! Right now they are on the baseboard heat....I think it is their only chance.

    Would I try this again? Definitely not.....this weekend anymore! ;) Thanks for a fun ride Lou!!! Happy Spring!!!

    1 · March 29, 2014

  • Michelle L.

    Another Sat of fun... Hills. Rain. And some wind to top it all off........ Fun ride!! Thanks guys.

    2 · March 29, 2014

  • Larry S.

    WET, 1st 1/2 nice and dry then this weird stuff started hitting me. ugh someone lied about when the rain would start!!

    2 · March 29, 2014

  • Lou Brooks J.

    Barbara. Please join us. All, We are riding the colleges tomorrow

    March 28, 2014

    • Dave G.

      Do you think that is smart? Hahahaha! Sorry....couldn't resist....... ;)

      March 28, 2014

    • Michelle L.

      Dave, ha ha ha thud........poor

      March 28, 2014

  • Dave G.

    So the boys and I just finished a trail ride at 8:30pm and it was dark. We all were wearing shorts and the temps were no issue. I even forgot to wear gloves. However, it was starting to get foggy. Trail was on the dryer side. Nice evening! Of course Luke kept an eye out for zombies....hahahahaha.

    3 · March 28, 2014

  • Barbara

    How fast is this ride? I don't want to slow anyone down....I average 13-15. I usually ride about 50 miles when I go out.

    March 28, 2014

    • Dave G.

      Sounds like you will fit right in. If there are a lot of hills, we avg. 12.5 to 14. If it is more flat...15-16mph. If you are riding as you say, you will have a great time and we look forward to riding with you. This is a no-drop so we are out there to have fun...and at t he end of the day the average is the average. Hope to see you tomorrow.

      1 · March 28, 2014

    • Larry S.

      actually its a no-drop until Dave sees the end of the ride then he is gone!

      2 · March 28, 2014

  • Larry S.

    Lou, Should we start at 8:00 to get a jump on the weather???

    March 28, 2014

  • Larry S.

    Ok so that is the strangest weather forecasting I've seen in a while. Yesterday it went from 30% chance to 100% chance all day. Now it says the rain will start around 11am. Looks like we start on time, ride hard and finish well before noon. Then Dave can get something to eat.

    1 · March 28, 2014

  • Lou Brooks J.

    Sure we can go out to breakfast, but you have to ride your bike to get there. I know of a nice place in Milford, but I am open to suggestions…..

    1 · March 27, 2014

    • Michelle L.

      Hopefully the odds get even better as we get closer to Sat. I think Dave will have a nervous breakdown if he can't get out and ride.

      March 27, 2014

    • Larry S.

      I don't know if its the ride or the food stop that would impact him more!

      March 27, 2014

  • Michelle L.

    Chance of rain went to 70%......... Wth

    March 26, 2014

    • Larry S.

      thats a strong 30% chance of no rain!

      1 · March 26, 2014

    • Larry S.

      the odds have changed 30% chance with a 70% of no rain. Stay positive!

      1 · March 27, 2014

  • Dave G.

    "The Hope Deli for the Shades of Death?" Hahahhahaha!! Can't make this stuff up.

    1 · March 26, 2014

    • Larry S.

      If its raining, lets just blow the whole thing off and go out to breakfast!

      2 · March 26, 2014

    • Michelle L.

      Breakfast it is Larry!!!!!! Nom nom nom.

      1 · March 26, 2014

  • Lou Brooks J.

    Food stop? who needs food. The shorter ride might have a bit more climbing but note that there will be less of eating spray and grit as there aren't that many flats to really open up the pace line. still working on the food stop, The Hope Deli for Shades of Death, not sure about the other one yet The Wassergas store is at about mile 40

    March 26, 2014

    • Larry S.

      Hey, you have pockets on your jersey! Stuff them with food and keep pedaling. We don't need to stop to eat!

      March 26, 2014

    • Michelle L.

      Just drink water........

      March 26, 2014

  • Martin B.

    "shades of death". Nice marketing plan.

    1 · March 26, 2014

    • Michelle L.

      That would scare Eric off for sure...... No wonder Lou had trouble attracting new riders...... LoL

      March 26, 2014

  • Dave G.

    So the Shades of Death looks easier but longer. The University Tour is harder but shorter. And if it rains...less hilly is probably better. So I guess the most important question is....what has the better food stop???

    See ya Saturday!!

    March 26, 2014

  • Lou Brooks J.

    Well its either "Ride the Colleges" or "Shades of Death"

    March 26, 2014

    • Michelle L.

      Will I be smarter if we visit the colleges? Or Dead if we do the other one?

      March 26, 2014

    • Larry S.

      not sure osmosis works in this situation!

      1 · March 26, 2014

  • Larry S.

    Any ride that I don't have to dig mud out of my teeth! I need a break. Next mud/dirt race is week from Saturday!

    1 · March 26, 2014

  • Lou Brooks J.

    Still working on it. But stayed tuned

    1 · March 26, 2014

  • Michelle L.

    What kind of sadistic punishment is in store for me this weekend?

    March 25, 2014

    • Larry S.

      Im really good at mud right now....

      1 · March 25, 2014

  • Martin B.

    Man! some of those tires look like they belong on motorcycles. Which would have been my preferred way to get to the top. Maybe dave's vespa. Glad you had fun. Good work.

    2 · March 25, 2014

  • Larry S.

    Lou, Here is a link to a picture of one one the first climbs. This was taken before I broke my cable. This hill had some hard sections to stay on, but many sections looked like it does to my right. Challenging!

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/kbrowerphotos/13370313704/in/set-72157642820827723

    March 24, 2014

    • Dave G.

      It sure does limit the riding area! If I was stuck in the 11t cog....I would be like that other guy in the pic....pushing my bike up every hill! Nice Job!! See you soon.

      2 · March 25, 2014

  • Lou Brooks J.

    I'll say it looks challenging, sorry to hear about the cable, hopefully you still enjoyed yourself

    1 · March 24, 2014

  • Lou Brooks J.

    How did the race go? Glad to have you back for the ride

    1 · March 23, 2014

    • Larry S.

      Good race however I broke my rear shift cable early in the race and had to do it all in my 11t cog. Basically a 2 speed. Made the hills almost un-rideable. The deep mud and water crossings were interesting with out te ability to slow down and power through. I think it cost me about 20 minutes over 36 miles.

      1 · March 23, 2014

  • Larry S.

    ill be back! have some nice warm weather!

    1 · March 23, 2014

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