Tuesday, September 1, 2009

A study in contrasts

On Saturday Adrian organized a ride in the morning.  Six of us rode out to Bennett, through the Roca rollers and back home via highway 77.  It was a fantastic morning - temps in the low 60s, almost no wind, and lots of sunshine.  Armwarmers were almost a necessity at the beginning of the ride - and it's still August!  One of the riders, Tom, has an interesting goal he has set for himself.  He just quit smoking recently, and has no family or business obligations at this point in his life, so he has decided to train to ride from Lincoln to California this spring.  We should be seeing him on lots of the group rides as he gets ready.  Here we are taking a pause for the cause towards the end of the ride.

On Monday, a number of friends and I were evidently part of history, as we took part in what is being described as the largest group ride ever in Lincoln (as far as anybody there could remember).  Before we left, I counted 46 riders, and I know some joined us on the road, so there were close to 50 riders at some point during the ride.  We broke apart on highway 77, but everybody got back together at Sprague.  It was quite a sight to see the pack heading up Sprague road - it looked like it stretched for almost a quarter of a mile, with people riding 2 and three abreast.   Maybe we can break 50 next Monday!

5 comments:

kew said...

Doesn't that many riders constitute a safety issue on the road?

Bob K said...

Good question, and one that needs to be addressed. Seems like the more riders you have in the group, the more likely some road rage will occur. We were broken up into smaller groups everywhere but on the road from Sprague back to highway 77 - where there is little traffic, anyway.

kew said...

Trying to pass 50 cyclists riding two abreast would not be easy. Breaking it up into two or three smaller groups seems sensible.

But, whattdo I know. I'm not much of a roadie these days.

gravy said...

you and yer critical mass rides...

and three breasts? what are you even talking about?

Adrian_O said...

Yeah! You go Gravy!
Was a good ride Bob, thanks for coming out!