All-RBC Sunday Ride - May 20

  • Tue, May 22, 2018 2:53 PM
    Message # 6252967
    Anonymous member (Administrator)

    With many of the RBC riders participating in either the Gran Fondo NY or the Blooming Metric in Connecticut I figured the turnout for the RBC ride would be sparse.  When it was raining around 8:00 I thought I was likely to ride alone.  We wound up with four riders, though, so that's a party.  Arnie, Dan, Mike, and I rode together as far as West Nyack.  Then we split in two groups, with Dan and me for the longer route while Arnie and Mike targeted the shorter one.

    We greeted plenty of friendly police officers at intersections along the way, waiting for the arrival of the first GFNY riders.  We encountered the GFNY leaders on Western Highway, trailing behind a car with an electronic sign on its roof displaying the elapsed time in the event.  There were several riders in a tight pack in the lead.  No doubt each was thinking there was a podium spot waiting for him/her at the end.  I felt for a solo rider about 10-15 seconds behind.  A brave effort, but it would be an incredible feat to catch that group while riding alone.

    Dan and I caught up with Mike and Arnie near the Tolstoy Center in Valley Cottage.  The four of us rode around Rockland Lake together, sharing our thoughts on the day's adventure.  Back on 9W, Dan and Mike powered away from us while Arnie and I took a more conversational pace up to the condos.  My hat's off to Arnie for his unfaltering stamina.  This was his most ambitious ride this year, but he maintained his pace with dogged perseverance.  I look forward to seeing him on many more rides.

    With a deadline to meet, I said goodbye to Arnie as we rolled back into New City.  Dan and I each completed about 40 miles at the advertised pace, with Mike and Arnie registering about 28.  Many thanks to all for a very enjoyable rain-free ride.

Rockland Bicycling Club, PO Box 175, Nyack NY 10960  rocklandbike@gmail.com

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