My quest for 2009 is not to out ride my 12,000 outdoor miles from last year. But to train hard for time trials, finish the Randonneur 5000 Award and be ready for my 12th year at the National 24-Hour Challenge.
January - 56.9 miles
February - 1084.2 miles
March - 827.6 miles
April - 1069.0 miles
May - 1694.6 miles
June - 1631.6 miles
July - 356.7 miles
END OF THE 2009 YEAR
August - 0
September - 0
October - 0
November - 0
December - 0
Total to date - 6720.6 miles
Ride Report: 7-7-09- 70.6 miles - "Last ride report for the year"
9:30 Day Riders RBC Map #12 - 41miles
6:00p #368 Paul Rd. to Clifton 30 Rolling Richard T.
The 7th of July 2009 was a day that drastically changed my life. The day started off nice with a fun ride with Barb’s Day Riders group in the morning. After lunch with them, I was thinking of going to RBC TT at 6:15pm to work on my time in preparation for The Great Race in August.
The RBC Day Riders
But with all the riding miles I had been doing, I wasn’t feeling all 100% for TT and decided instead to get in more miles for my RBC record which I had been working hard for this year. The 6:00pm 30mile ride started on the west side of town. There were about eight riders at the start. I decided to take it easy and rode from the back of the group. We turned south onto River Road. Don and a RIT rider started to take off on the first hill, dropping most of the group. I took off to ride with them and before I knew it, I was in front with Don and Mr. RIT on my wheel all the way to Scottsville. That is where Don said his ten miles is up and had to ride back. So it was just the two of us riding in.
I wanted to get home and was heading back with Mr. RIT when I got a flat tire. I fixed the flat and was putting on my rear wheel when Dave N. and Jeff were just pulling up. We were about two miles from the parking lot when we turned left onto RT252 and I was at the back of the group with Dave at the front followed by Mr. RIT and Jeff in one line. I wasn’t behind them. The shoulder was pretty wide. I wanted to see a good line and was back off to the right, away from the white line.
The rest happen very fast! Jeff and I could see Mr. RIT hit a hole in the white line that took him and his bike right into the middle of the road away from us. A car was coming right behind us and I was thinking, “Oh my God! The car is going to hit him! The next thing I knew, Jeff turned his head to his left to look at what was going on with the down rider as his bike started to slow down drifting to the right. I didn’t have time to do anything but call out, ”No, Jeff!” I couldn’t turn right because we were on the bridge at that point and he veered right into me and hit my handlebars.
The Hole The RIT rider was ok, the car went around him.
Down we went. I hit hard on my right hip and ended up face down with my right leg turned backwards. I couldn’t feel anything in my leg and yelled out, "Call 911!" After lying there over 30 minutes, EMT did pull in. They put on all the braces and were ready to turn me over onto the board. I have endured all kinds of pain before, but what was about to happen was unbelievable! Dave told me after hearing me scream so loud, he was surprised I didn’t pass out! All I could say for five minutes was, “Oh my God!”
They took me to Strong where I was number three in line, but quickly they moved me right into number one and right into the trauma bay. There were five people working on me -- taking off my shoes and cutting off my bike shorts. The nurse was nice to assist me in taking off my PBP official jersey over my head. I told her thanks!
They took me right into X-ray and told me when they came back, it was broken very high close to the hip. Surgery was necessary and the next step was a CT scan to make sure my back and neck were ok. After I was cleared for that, they drilled a rod through my tibia just below my knee for traction to come. After six hour of laying strapped down to a hard board, my butt was killing me. Now it was time to move me to the traction bed. They picked me up with a sheet for the move, however, the sheet was pressing right on the hip and the killer pain was back! My mother told me they held me like that for 10 second more to fix the bed mat. After that, boy that bed felt so good! Then I looked up at a man holding a 20 lb weight he was going to hook-up to my leg hardware. I was bracing for more pain, but didn’t feel anything --the morphine must have been doing its job. They took me up to the fifth floor for the night.
The next morning I was very hungry, but wasn't allowed to eat! Around 7:30am they started to take me down for surgery. I woke up at 11:30am and had a morphine control button at my bed side. The nurse told me I could press that button every 10mins for pain relief. Boy, I pressed that button often!
The next day after surgery they needed x-rays. There was a female technician in-training in the x-ray room. My right leg wasn’t mobile at all. I asked if they could take them in my bed. They did -- it was a little painful at times. I returned to my room for lunch when the drill sergeant came flying in and said, let’s get you out of bed! I couldn’t believe he was going to attempt it! I told him, I don’t think my leg is going to move. He replied, do you want to be put in a nursing home? This is all new to me and I tried to move my leg with his help, but couldn’t move it enought to get out of bed! He said, we’ll try again tomorrow. A couple hours later, the doctor came in and told me the x-rays weren’t good and needed new ones. That was the first time I saw the two rods and two screws in my leg. That night I was concentrating on moving my body with the motor bed. I worked it up and down for hours. I was surprised the bed didn’t break on me.
The next morning after breakfast, it was x-ray time. I told them if we took baby steps,
I would try my best to get on the x-ray table. We did get me on and got some good images for the doctors. After coming back to my room, I could see the sergeant was making his rounds and I was hoping he would forget about me, but no luck! He came in and I was going to give it my best shot. After moving very slow, I did make it out of bed. I ordered my lunch and was eating in the chair when a good friend stopped by to see me, then Dr. Bill dropped in, too. After about 90mins, I was ready to get back into bed.
Friday they got me ready to move to the rehab department. They finally made the move Friday night. I had a young roommate who just had his birthday there on the 9th, and coincidentally mine was going to be there on the 19th. We became good buddies, helping cheer each other along the way. There were many ups and downs along the way in rehab, but after great support from the rehab team, friends and family, I was on my way home on the 23rd of July.
Emailing Dave going home My Birthday
I’ve been home a month now, non-weight bearing on my right leg, using walkers, crutches, wheelchairs, etc. It's a big adjustment to what I'm used to. I’m been trying to get my work done and get in some healing time on my femur for the much anticipated upcoming start of physical therapy the first week of September. The orthopedic surgeon told me he did his best considering the type of traumatic fracture I had.
It could take a whole year before the bone is healed 100%. Plus, I may not be cycling and doing some other things as I have previously. All I can say is, "Boy, I hope he is wrong!"
A BIG thank you for all the support from the rehab team, friends and family, especially all the cycling friends for visiting, phone calls, cards, emails and the great food from -- The Meals - on - Wheels Team! A million thanks!
Thanks - Barbara Chudanski for one of many great meals!
Ride Report: 7-6-09- 29.2 miles
6:00p #225 Sweets & Cream Ride 23/29 Rolling Brian D.
Ride Report: 7-5-09 - 105.0 miles- 9:00a #218 Independence Century /97 Very Hilly
After a very late wedding and going to bed around 1:00am. Getting up at 6:30am wasn't that much fun. I made it to the start and had to rush to get everything ready for the ride. The group was waiting for me. After rushing I forgot to put on my heart rate strap on and later found out after riding down the road about a mile. "I forgot my water bottles!" What a way to start the ride. I rode back to get them and headed back out. After the climb out of Dansville, I passed Jean and Jules. I didn't see the main group yet. I what'd to warm-up and spin back to the main group. I started to see them in the distant after 6 miles. The group was spread out on this hill and that is where I caught them. I rode to the top and we group together and I told them what happen. Then we were together for the rest of the ride. Ottos did a great ride report below....
Otto's Ride Report:
We had a fantastic day to ride today and fantastic route to go with the
weather that FINALLY broke the cold rainy pattern. Wayne, Onno, Jules,
Dennis, Jean, new Fast Friend Chris and myself left Dansville promptly at
9:06 ;-) Jan was already out on the road ahead of us. After the usual 5
minute warm up we started up Ossian Hill and the group immediately spread
out. After turning onto McCurdy Onno, Dennis Chris and I gathered up. We
played a game of "Where's Wayne?" as nobody saw him after the start and we
were huffing and puffing so hard up Ossian Hill that nobody noticed he was
gone. Wayne caught us about 10 miles down the road. It turns out he left his
bottles in the car and had to go back for them.
Dennis served as our tour guide today. Wayne and Chris had never done the
ride before, Onno and I had only done portions of the route before. Dennis
really helped by letting us know what was up ahead. He told me the road
after leaving our first rest stop in Almond was among his favorite roads.
I have top agree. McHenry and Vandermark were a nice 7 to 8 mile steady big
ring climb. Lot's of fun leading to a similar down slope leading to a left
onto Weinhard Rd. I looked at the hill ahead and thought it was going to be
Whine Hard Hill. In fact it was very manageable and led to a great downhill
that lead us perfectly into Wellsville at about 42 miles. After loading up
on liquid and food we were off for the really scenic and pretty flat stretch
south down River Rd. At Beech Hill we headed east and again started into a
long climb to the high point of the route (about 2280 ft). After a rolling
ride on the top of the plateau we had a nice long drop down into
Independence on a nice twisting road. From there we had to climb again for
another 5 miles but then we had the descent of 10 miles into Hornell at 82
miles. Yours truly missed the right turn onto East Ave. from route 36 that
bypasses the busy roads in Hornell but Dennis gave us the scenic tour of
Hornell and got us back on track and safely delivered us to one of the few
convenience stores in the universe with a picnic table in the shade. After
filling out voter registration forms and listening to Wayne make dinner
plans on his cell phone we departed for the last leg of the trip.
There was the curvy, scenic stretch on Big Creek Rd. and then the steep bit
up Reservoir Rd and then a little bit of a drop on SR 21 until we made the
right onto S. Dansville Rd. This is a rolling stretch the rolls more up than
down for 10 miles then rolls more down than up until we reach S. Dansville
then I know it's all downhill from here. No speed records were broken but
who cares, it was a great, fun ride and for me that's what this ride was all
about. I can't wait to do it again.
Ride Report: 7-3-09 - 11.3 miles
Rode to Lily's to pick up the Jeep.
Ride Report: 7-2-09 - 61.3 miles My 1:00p Ride & 6:00p #230 Show and Go 35
A good friend called me to go for a spin out of Webster Park at 1:00pm. The rain was holding out for us, until we got back to the parking lot. We had a good time talking on our ride. I'm looking forward riding together again. After a couple hours at home the sun came out for the 6:00pm RBC ride. There was only two other riders at the start but we came back dry without any problems. Now I'll take a couple days off until Sunday.
Ride Report: 7-1-09 - 79.3 miles - RBC Ride 6:00p #170 Mendon - Bristol 53/42/24
What a fun ride tonight! I looked at the RBC sign-up sheet for tonight's ride and saw two people signed up for the 53miler and some blanks “not knowing what ride they were going to do” I have the 53mile route all mapped in my GPS. I took off about 10mins before the 6:00pm start to go look for my bike tool that is still missing from last weeks ride when I had my flat. I knew the 53 miler was going to pass right by that area. I looked for the tool with the owner of the house for about 20mins and didn't find my tool and didn't see one riders coming my way! I knew the whole group rode the 42 or the 24 mile route. I had to start my ride alone, which is no big deal. I had my lights and time to enjoy my ride. I did try to cut across to the 42mile area but didn't see anyone. Maybe they took the 24mile route. Over all it was a good ride and happy to start July with some good miles
Ride Report: 6-30-09 - 31.6 miles - RBC Ride
6:00p #335 Northampton - Honest Hill 31 Flat Onno K.
Ride Report: 6-29-09 - 50.1 miles - RBC Ride #94 Penfield-Nine Mile Point 30 miles
I'm not sure when it happened, but when I pulled in my driveway. My bike was hard to push, yes a broken spoke on my rear wheel. I'm surprised not one rider behind me didn't see my wheel out of round! I was going to replace the tire on this wheel anyways, it happen at a good time. I'll put my back up set of wheels on Orange Crush for the ride tonight, if it's not raining too hard!
Ride Report: 6-28-09 - 131.2 miles - RBC Rides
9:00a #53 Powder Mill - Canandaigua 49 Small Hills Tami B.
11:00a #78 Canandaigua Cup 53 Hilly Ed H.
After working a long wedding on Saturday, I was looking forward to riding the two RBC rides on Sunday. I was thinking of driving to the 9:00am start, but it was so nice outside in the morning, I rode to the start. I was going to ride my number 2 bike, but the weather was calling for rain later in the afternoon. So, I moved to my best bike for this type of ride with rain. I put the fenders on my Merlin. At the first start there were only seven riders. About half way into it, Dennis and I opened it up and missed our turn while going down a hill. We got to the second ride start at 10:15am for an 11:00am start. There was a large group of riders for this ride.
We all made it to Naples and stopped for a break. Now it's time to ride out of Naples.
I was in the back thinking about taking it easy, but all the riders were going too slow on the hill going out of Naples, so I pulled away nice and easy. Before I knew it, there was a good distant from the group. I decided to tempo ride alone. Dennis and Dwight did catch up to me, but no sign of the main group. Dwight went back and joined the group. After getting back to the parking lot, I could see the rain was coming in. After a coke and ice cream, it was time to ride back home. There was a small group heading back, but Dennis and I were the only ones to ride all the way back in the rain. The other riders lived in the area. Dave was lucky to get a ride back to his car at the first ride start. The rain and wind was hitting us pretty good, but it wasn’t too cold. About halfway home, my back tire was going flat. We pulled over to fix it.
About halfway done, Dennis looked at his back wheel. He had a slow leak too! We were on our way soon and the rain was coming down pretty hard. I was looking forward to a hot shower and a movie with popcorn! About 5 miles away from home Dennis had a slow leak again, but this time he pumped it up to get home. This was very wet ride home and now it's time to relax with a movie!
Dave's Ride Report:
So with peer pressure mounting, I succumbed, and off we went down West
Lake and soon up Miller. Today was fairly warm and humid, at least it
felt that way to me, and it was just pouring of me up Miller, which was
as usual painful. Fortunately along came Onno and he dragged me to the
top; you could not have fit a piece of paper between his rear wheel and
There was little discussion about Bopple and Gannett as we circled up,
but ultimately there were no Bopple takers so it was down 21 we went.
Somehow I got in the Dwayne-Dwight-Dennis pack (I still have no idea
where the other guys were) and that was painful, too. Dennis came back
for me twice to tow me back up, and I thank him for trying.
We gathered up in Naples, then proceeded up Italy Valley, which also
was, as expected, painful and down the other, very fast side; that part
was fun, although also painful as Dwight, even after he had circled back
to drag my sagging form to the front one more time, was determined to
tack back to Wayne and Dennis. I certainly was little or no help.
We chose to take 247 all the way back, with Onno doing an amazing amount
of work given yesterday's ride. Just back to Lincoln Hill, the drops
started to come, with audible groans from me and Dwight who had ridden
from Victor to Fast Eddie's and so was also staring some miles to get
But, and this is proof that everyone can redeem themselves, at this
point I exercised some good judgment, which is to say that I had the
bright idea to call my marvelous spouse and ask her to go to PMP, get
the van and meet me at Fast Ed's. I offered a ride to Dwight which he
seemed ready to accept.
However, Gentleman Ed would hear none of it, saying he would give us
both a ride back. What a guy! Just as we rolled into his driveway the
skies opened up. Pity poor Wayne and Dennis who were riding home - hope
you made it back ok, guys.
Ride Report: 6-26-09 - 50.0 miles - RBC Day Riders
10:00a #141 Fall Foliage 28 miles
The Summer Fall Foliage Ride was attended by 15 determined Day Riders, some of whom drove through localized rain to get to Black Creek Park. Optimists all, we headed out and were rewarded with the sight of lush, green landscapes, rustic weathered barns and, at one high point, a view of the far-off city skyline. After an ice cream stop in Scottsville, and with a storm system on the horizon, we cut the ride a bit short making it back to our cars just as the clouds began to open up.
Ride Report: 6-25-09 - 56.3 miles - RBC Ride
6:00p #230 Show and Go 15/25/35/46 Small Hills
Ride Report: 6-24-09 - 12.1 miles - RBC Ride
6:00p #309 Mendon - Powder Mills (STP) 28/39 Small Hills Mark R.
This ride is pending for a redo, because I didn't have the right tube packed for my flat!
I'll ride a double on one of the up coming Wednesday night rides this year.
Ride Report: 6-23-09 - 105.4 miles - RBC Day Riders & RBC Ride
10:00a #26 Bergen Swamp Ride 39 Flat
6:00p #372 Chili Counter Clockwise 40 Rolling
The Bergen Swamp Ride last week was well attended, and given the picture-perfect summer day that greeted us, it is not surprising that Donna had a great turnout of Day Riders. Wayne Panepinto captured the group "taking the hill" in the attached photo. Thanks, Wayne...great shot! I also particularly like the photo that Mark R took of us hanging out together at the convenience mart in Bergen!
June 18-19-20 National 24-Hour Challenge.
This year commenced my 12th year at this event. To my chagrin I had, what has become my typical, up’s and down’s waiting for me! It started with Wednesday night the truck engine light came on -- I’m leaving Rochester Thursday morning and didn’t have any time to have it checked at this point. I'll just have to drive it nice and easy.
The drive out started wet and gray. I was happy to fit both bikes inside the vehicle with all the camping gear. After loading Jules' stuff and three sets of wheels in the truck., there wasn’t an inch of space left! We made great time to Motel 6, and it was nice to leave almost everything inside the truck, instead of bringing it into the motel.
Luckily the weather was nice Friday morning while we set up our pit/crew area. Our initial plan was to sleep in the tent, but between the warning of severe storms coming in that night and not much room inside the tent, rather than having to get up if it was raining outside and rearranging everything, we decided to move our sleeping bags, bikes and gear inside the gym for the night. Now it was time to go over the first loop with Jules and try to set the car GPS for him. He asked if he could drive to the first check point before going to dinner and food shopping. We started to drive out, but with the truck not running right and fear that Jules might get lost, I decided it would be better to find someone he could ride with. After shopping and storing the food, I ran across a rider I knew from two years ago who came with his family and set up next to us. After talking to them for a bit, I told them about my truck and asked them if they had any room for Jules for the first loop -- they said sure. I stressed to them to firstly take care of Mark and just make sure Jules got back to the main pit area.
Now it was time to eat, and then try to get as much rest as possible. It looked like everyone was settled for the night, but around 9:30 people were pouring in from outside. The school gym and hallways filled with people on the floors. I spoked to Kathy, who runs the event, and she told me the police informed her that a very bad storm with winds as high as 60mph with rain and lightning was coming and would last most of the night. They got on the loud speaker and told everyone who was sleeping outside they must come inside! Moving everything inside earlier was a great idea. The storm did pass, however, walking outside around 5:30am, most of the tents were down! There were only a couple still up, and yes we were one of the lucky ones that was still standing! Now, it was time to focus on getting ready..
At 6:45am just about everything was ready to go. I just had to set up Jules to go. There was a 20% chance of rain. At this point, I was undecided if BIG RED was going out for the start. With all my training, I had to ride my best bike and hope for the best! After the opening ceremony, my 12th 24hr bike event started.
I can’t ever remember such a fast start! Many of the riders were dropped not far into the first miles. Fortunately, the rain was holding out for the day, but the roads were filled with washouts, trees, sand and rocks! One big rock ricocheted out from a bike to my right, hit my bike and struck me right on my shin. I was in some pain, but wasn’t sure where it hit my bike!
Our group of 15 riders was riding pretty hard, however, going up the hills proved to be easy for me this year. I was moving smoothly and wasn’t working as hard as other riders. I was feeling great! At the 3rd check point, I didn’t see Jules and knew they were waiting for Mark at the last check point. I was low on drinks and thought I should be okay to the main pit area, but knew Jules wasn’t going to be there and I would have to get off the bike and get my own drinks. After leaving the last check point, it was down to five riders and we were moving pretty fast. After flying in, I jump off the bike, opened the tent and before I knew it, most of the riders were gone! So, I was on my own -- I mixed a Heed and water and was gone. I rode one loop and Jules was back.
I discontinued drinking the Hammer drinks and tried to drink water before going onto another type of drink. In hindsight, I probably should have waited longer. Around 3:30pm, to my disbelief, the same thing hit me as last year. I had the GI problem again! But this time, I was riding with upper belly pain and was slower than normal. After four afternoon loops and getting ready for the evening night loops, I attempted to seek some relief by lying down in the tent with a cold wet towel.
After a brief rest, I had to keep moving and do the best I could do. It was time for a change of shirt and put on the softer Terry saddle on BIG RED for the first night loop and head out. I was about a mile out when the seatpost bolt broke and the saddle was sliding down. I had to turn around and head back to try to fix it. I asked Jules to see if the bike shop by the school could fix it. Then I went back out with my backup bike. When I came back, no one could help out. In other words, BIG RED was done.
After not much food and just water, I was hoping the GI problem would pass. Then, I tried to eat something light without sugar. I did rest from time to time in hopes the problem would pass, but no luck! I saw a pitcrew person walking by with a bake potatoe, so I asked Jules if he could get me one. I went back out for a loop. On return, I ate the potatoe. After a 10 hour ordeal, I was starting to feel better. The pain dissipating. After a couple more laps, I asked for something more to eat and tried a Coke. After that I was back to 100%. I looked at the clock and saw I had 5hrs left and knew I needed to go full bore all the way to the finish! Made one last stop to get my aero helmet and never stopped again! Everything was pickup and go!!! We both were fired up. I had my sights on that 400 miles mark. I wasn’t sure how many miles I needed, but didn’t care. I just kept on riding as fast as possible. I was riding alone most of the time, but did team up with one other rider to get in six more laps. I was so focus on the moment at hand that I did not even see the sunrise. I was in super hammer mode! At the end adding up the miles, I was short of the 400 miles, but I was happy that Jules could see what I could normally do on the night loop. I ended with 388.9 miles. I pulled in to talk to Larry, one of the best riders there, who dropped out after the first loop. He didn’t like the way he rode the first loop and didn’t ride anymore. He told me he may not come back anymore, but that was today; and most likely, he may change his mind next year. I did tell him I was going to ride this event one more year for my 5000 mile jacket and may not come back for sometime. I just need a break.
I handed in my number, took a shower and went in for the ceremony. Kathy came up to me and gave me a hug and told me she knew about what happened and that I did well. That was nice to hear that from her. It’s very family-like after 12years. It was fun talking to some of my riding friends I knew from many years. I was surprised when they called my age group -- I won 3rd place! Kathy put the medal around my neck and was smiling. I told her, I can’t wait for you to put my jacket on me next time. We both smiled and hugged each other.
I love this event, even with all the up’s and down’s. Cuz that’s how life is! If and when I go back, I’ll be riding with a whole lot less gear. Go for a nice fun ride. Maybe the GI problem will not happen and I will still hit that 400 plus mark without trying that hard.
I only need about 160miles for that jacket. Maybe that year I’ll ride it a little different.... Now it's time to clean and wax BIG RED!
It's the night before I leave for my 24hr event. My car is 90% packed with two bikes and most of my gear. I can't believe everything fits! The weather isn't looking that good for the drive down and most of Friday. Saturday morning there is a 40% of rain. Saturday night is looking pretty good with 10%. I'll be starting the race with my number 3 bike “Litespeed." When the skies look clear and the roads aren't wet anymore. I'll pull out my number 1 bike “BIG RED” and see what we can do at that point. I'm hope the better weather moves in fast! Time for bed!
Ride Report: 6-16-09 - 64.2 miles - RBC Day Riders
9:30a Mendon Ponds-Powder Mills Park ride 34 miles (RBC Map #309)
Ride Report: 6-14-09 - 101.9 miles - RBC Ride
9:00a #47 Leroy-Castile 50/73 Moderate Otto MG
Now this is the way to -- Fill 'er up!!!
Ride Report: 6-13-09 - 37.7 miles - RBC Ride #364 Greece Ponds 26 Flat
Days before leaving for Michigan I've been taking it easy with my riding and testing my bikes out. The weather was calling for rain a couple days ago, but now it's looking like a sunny day on race day and the day after! I can't wait to go this year with a new bike and lower weight “both the bike and me!” I have a lot to do the next three days. Sunday will be my last ride, and then if I have anytime, I'll be spinning easy in the cemetery.
Ride Report: 6-12-09 - 32.3 miles - RBC Day Riders
10:00a #185 from Fairport to Walworth - 32 miles - Day Riders
Ride Report: 6-10-09 - 95.3 miles - RBC Rides
10:00a Map #336 “Three Parks West” 33 miles of rolling terrain.
6:00p #24 Mendon Ponds - Locust Lawn 23/29 Small Hills Jane S.
Ride Report: 6-9-09 - 102.2 miles - My ride & RBC Ride Bergen Swamp 36 Flat
I rode out to Batavia, then to the RBC ride start. A ice cream before going home.
Ride Report: 6-8-09 - 42.4 miles - Cemetery & #321 Webster Sherwood Forest 27 Rolling
After a 15 mile test ride in the cemetery with my repaired crank, the epoxy didn't hold up that long. I was thinking of taking the crank set out of one of my other bikes, but they have been tested and everything is ready to go. One repair job is better than two with only days left before Michigan. Therefore, I made a call to order a new FSA light crank. It should be here within two days. I will test that bike at this weekend rides. Monday, it's time to clean up the two bikes that are going to the event and change the tires. Let's hope for good weather!
After getting home, the rain was coming in right around the 6:00pm RBC start. At first, I wasn't thinking of going, however, the storm passed. I had about 30mins to get everything ready and drive out to Webster. I pulled into the parking lot and didn't see any bikes. But there was the ride leader with a big smile on his face, and said he wasn't going out. At that point, I was the only person that was going. Then a van pulls in, and out jump two riders with their tandem -- I had company! We had a good time riding together without any rain!
Ride Report: 6-5-09 - 64.4 miles - Day Riders & RBC Ride
10:00 #81 - Valentown Yellow Mills - 28 miles
6:00pm #361 Fast Friends Friday 23/29/34/41 - Big Foot Ride
Ride Report: 6-4-09 - 80.7 miles - Day Riders and RBC Ride
10:00 #62 RIT to Scottsville - 26 miles
6:00p #230 Show and Go 15/25/35/46 Small Hills
Ride Report: 6-3-09 - 59.6 miles - RBC ride
6:00p #130 Mendon Loop (STP) 11/15/23/33 Moderate
Ride Report: 6-2-09 - 87.8 miles - 6:00p #71 NY Museum of Transp. 23 Rolling
I rode to: Chili Center, Scottsville (RBC Ride), Avon, Caledonia, Le Roy, Batavia, then home.
Ride Report: 6-1-09 - 37.5 miles - RBC ride
6:00p #21 Cobbs Hill - Mendon Ponds 24 Rolling
Ride Report: 5-31-09 - 67.9 miles - RBC ride
9:00am #10 Ten Parks Tour 58 Moderate Bruce W
Ride Report: 5-30-09 - 97.8 miles - RBC ride
Mendon Century 34/50/62/98 Exceptionally Hilly
With a break from riding the last couple of days, I was ready for this hilly ride. But I wasn't looking forward to the chip sealed roads! The first one came at Stirnie rd. I wasn't going to ride my number one bike (BIG RED) on that road and went back to Strong Rd, then turned on RT 64 to get back on the map at South Ave. But, that road was chip sealed, too! I wasn't happy! I went down 5 & 20 and worked my way to Flation Rd and turned West on Rt 32, where I came across a group of five riders. I stayed with them until Grimble Rd, and there it was time to open it up.
I was thinking of stopping in Cheshire but I had drinks to make it to Naples just fine and a little less to ride up the hills to come. After the Big Three: Miller, Bopple and Gannett, I went down into Naples and came across Steve. We stopped at the store and did not see anyone! We hung out for about 30 minutes. I supposed most of the people took the cut back. So we rode back together the rest of the ride. At the end, I was very satisfied with the bike and my new shoes.
Ride Report: 5-29-09 - 13.9 miles
Spin at the cemetery to test bike.
Ride Report: 5-27-09 - 17.9 miles
Cemetery Spin for one hour
Ride Report: 5-24-09 - 53.3 miles - RBC ride
10:00a #251 Old Canadice Lake Cantor 52 Hilly
Ride Report: 5-23-09 - 66.5 miles - RBC rides
8:00a #300 Honeoye Falls - Honeoye (Connects to #305) 32 Hilly
9:15a #305 Honeoye - Naples Ridge Ride 33 Very Hilly
Ride Report: 5-22-09 - 58.3 miles - Day Riders
10:00 RBC Map #232 Pittsford to Ionia - 29 miles
Ride Report: 5-21-09 - 108.0 miles - Day Riders & RBC ride
10:00 RBC Map #23 - Mendon Ponds Park to Rush - 23 miles
6:00p #230 Show and Go 15/25/40/46 Small Hills
After two full days off from cycling, I decided to do a hard ride at the evening RBC ride. I’m sorry to have dropped the group and ride off alone, but I need to do this from time to time. All I can say right now is: BIG RED is a fast bike! I’m sure the motor helps. It’s never been tested at a 24hr event, but I should give it a shot. Yes, my number one bike is going with me to Michigan next month. If I had room I would take three bikes, but I can’t do that. I rode my number two bike there last year and had no problem. I would love to have my aero bars there on my number three bike for the night loop, but saving watts is more important! I’m looking forward to my age group of riders this year. I don’t know right now how my pit crew, Lily, is going to fare after going down on her bike two days ago. She did a "Lance Armstrong." I saw her last night and felt so bad for her. I hope she has a speedy recovery and gets back to normal!
Ride Report: 5-18-09 - 47.7 miles - RBC ride
#271 Penfield - Webster 31 Small Hills
Ride Report: 5-17-09 - 61.8 miles - RBC ride
8:00a #210 Leroy - Silver Lake (Connects to 211) 56 Moderate
10:00a #211 Silver Springs - Rushford Lake 59 Hilly
#211 ride is pending for a redo, because of a bb bearing problem.
After resting a full day on Saturday, I was looking forward to riding down south to an area I haven’t been to before. We had about 12 riders at the start. It was a sunny day, however, very cold and windy! The wind was coming from the west to northwest. Our ride was going mostly south and north. The group started down RT 5. Less than a mile from the start, riders were saying we missed the turn. I was behind the group and had the correct road in my gps that was just down the road about a half a mile, but they turned into a side street that took us onto a street I wasn’t sure that was right. So I went back out to RT 19 with three other riders and started over and took the left-hand turn on E. Bethany Rd. After getting home, I did see a street called Gilbert St. that would take you to Bethany, but it wasn’t listed on the RBC map! The other group must have gone that way. I had one rider with me and two others behind about a mile back. I wanted to make sure the riders knew where they were going, so I took it easy to about halfway down to Silver Lake. When I felt the group of three were ok, I took off to meet a friend at the start of the second ride. I passed Mark on a hill, when I started to feel a "flat spot" on my left crank-arm. -- I noticed it only when I was out of the saddle. Upon reaching the other start, there were three new riders there with Gary and my friend waiting for me. I looked over the crank arm, shoes and bottom bracket. I didn’t see anything wrong and thought it should be ok for the rest of the ride. The group of four took off, while I chatted with my friend for about 10 more minutes before heading up the small hill. At that point, I started to feel the "flat spot" all of the time! I was afraid if the bearing went, I could be in trouble! I wasn’t happy for what I had to do and miss the part of the ride that I was looking forward to. I turned around and made my way back to Leroy, making a definite note to come back out and ride the whole 115mile plus over, this year!
I made it back to the car without problems, and examined the bike once again. I knew it could be one of three things: a flat spot on the shoe spring, a pedal problem (bearings) or the bottom bracket. I pulled in the driveway at home and the first thing I did was to try on a different pair of shoes -- the "flat spot" was still there. I changed the pedal -- still there. By default, I knew it was the bottom bracket. I’m so glad it happened now before my 24-hour event that is coming up next month. I’ll have to get a new BB or ride BIG RED! Which I’ve been thinking of doing!
Ride Report: 5-15-09 - 237.8 miles - Buffalo DQ Ride
#361 Fast Friends Friday 23/29/35/41 - Cupcake Ride
I knew Friday was going to be a great day for riding. I rode an easy day on Thursday to get ready for the next day of long riding. I started out the door at 7:30am to see the “Ride for Missing Children” that started at 8:00am. The large group assembled and went north. I rode with them until Ridge Road, then turned west to make my way to Batavia to meet up with some friends. After my breaks, it was time to head to my 2nd time to Buffalo this year for my Blizzard ice cream at DQ.
I had a nice tail wind all the way out. I was spinning most of the way. After my ice cream, I was thinking which would be the fastest way to get out to Victor for Paul’s ride at 6:00pm. I decided to head south to Rt 20. I did stop for 5 mins to say hello at Tom’s Pro Bikes. Then the hardest part of my ride was coming -- an 85mile head wind all the way east! I knew making the 6:00pm start wasn’t going to happen, and I needed to eat something at Avon. I had my lights with me and didn't care about coming in late, but not too late. I have to get up for Saturday's ride at 9:00am. I made my way down Rt 20, and then started the Cup Cake ride by turning south, going backwards. After the hills it was getting later, plus I still had about 30miles to ride home, so I decided to head home. I finally pulled in at 9:45pm weary, took my recovery drink, showered and had something to eat before going to bed.
Ride Report: 5-14-09 - 38.3 miles - RBC ride
#364 Greece Ponds 26 Flat
Ride Report: 5-13-09 - 32.9 miles - RBC ride
#235 Mendon Macarena 22/32 Small Hills
Ride Report: 5-12-09 - 132.6 miles Day Riders & RBC
10:00a #34 Hilton to Hamlin Beach State Park - 25 miles
6:00p #216 Scottsville Strawberry Stroll 21 miles
I rode out to the 10:00am start, then rode all day long until it was time for the 6:00pm start. Great riding day!
Ride Report: 5-11-09 - 59.9 miles
9:00a #Map #198 - Byron, Brockport, Spencerport - 50 miles Flat
Love my popcorn!
Ride Report: 5-10-09 - 57.5 miles - Happy Mother's Day
1:00p #363 Black Creek - Fowlerville 41 Rolling
Ride Report: 5-9-09 NY: Central/Western ACP brevet 200K - 126.1 miles
In preparation for this ride, I’ve been looking at the forecast over the last couple days and knew the high winds and storms were coming in the afternoon. The wind was only 5 mph at the 7:00am start coming from the south. From all the experience from cycling this year, I decided to tempo ride and get as much of the south route done before the high winds kick in. The roads were wet until 9:30am; the high winds dried them out. I had about 35 miles with winds over 25 mph. There were two controls and two question controls on the ride. I didn’t stop that long at any of them. Riding north on Rt64, there was a bike race going on. They were getting hammered with the south wind. Seeing me flying along on the opposite side of the road must have been painful. Off to the west a storm coming in. So far, I’ve been dry the entire ride and was hoping to make it back dry. But, that wasn’t going to happen. Around 2:00pm while going up one of the hills, the lighting and rain started, but that wasn’t all -- it started to hail. I kept going until the hail got HUGE -- over an inch in diameter! I looked for the first cover and waited about 10mins before the storm passed. I had about 5miles more to go. Being wet, I was now looking forward getting back. I pulled in and no one was there to take my card, so I signed it and went home for a hot shower and something to eat.
"The Randonneur 5000 medal requirements are all completed with this ride!
Total time - 7hr 31mins
Avg Speed - 17.6mph "all alone the whole ride"
Max Speed - 39.8mph
Total Calories - 8561cal
Avg Heart Rate - 139bpm
Max Heart Rate - 167bpm
Total Ascent - 5153ft
Total Descent - 5264ft
Ride Report: 5-8-09 - 40.4 + 29.4 = 69.8 miles
Barbara Chudanski Day Riders 10:00a #119 - Brighton-Mendon Ponds - 22 miles
Plus -- 6:00p #361 Fast Friends Friday 23/29/35/41 - Cupcake Ride
Ride Report: 5-7-09 - 33.6 miles
6:00p #230 Show and Go 15/25/35/46 - Swabby Ride
Ride Report: 5-5-09 - 39.3 miles
6:00p #331 Spencerport Saunter 21 Flat Mary and Paul C.
Ride Report: 5-4-09 - 35.5 + 45.5 = 81.0 miles Penfield Walworth Backroads
My very good friend, Veronica, had called me to see if I was available for a ride on Monday morning. We've been talking about riding on my tandem together for sometime. She was in the area, so this was a great time to go for her first tandem ride. We rode out to Brockport and had lunch, then rode back. She is a very strong rider! It was a fun afternoon, and now it's time to get ready for the RBC ride tonight.
Ride Report: 5-3-09 - 57.1 miles #117 Naples Hammondsport 56 Very Hilly
I was up very late last night, but I still wanted to log in the RBC miles that morning, then drive home to rest! I was going to take it easy on the ride and not make any stops along the way. What a ride that turned out to be -- the hills out of Naples just keep going and going. The roads south of Prattsburg seem to be getting worse. Greyton Taylor Dr is the road we always go up, even though it isn't on the map. It's a medium length, fairly steep climb up to the Bully Hill Winery. With all the miles I've been riding, I decided to pass on that particular hill, and continue on my mapped GPS course. Up the road 11 miles, there was an area washed out. I took the detour up the hill to cr33, then north. Did the climb up to Italy Hill, then finally on Italy Turnpike, we got our downhill. After I pulled into the parking lot in Naples, I packed everything up and went for an ice cream.
A picture is worth a thousand words.
Ride Report: 5-2-09 - 61.6 miles #75 Apple Blossom Special 33/50/62 Rolling
I rode everyday last week, without a rest day. I decided to take it easy on both Saturday and Sunday rides this weekend. Striving for the most RBC miles in one year is going to be a lot on a body, especially now with the rides scheduled everyday until the end of the season. I'll have to choose which days to ride hard and which to ride easy. I'm in good shape with my weight -- 5 lbs lower than last year. I'll be testing my bikes all this month to get the right set-ups for Father's Day weekend next month. Right now I need to get my gear ready for tomorrow Sunday's ride. I'll be going to Buffalo dancing tonight and won't have time to get stuff ready in the morning, since I'm getting home late!
Ride Report: 5-1-09 - 73.6 miles Fast Friends Friday 23/27/35/41
Ride Report: 4-30-09 - 57.7 miles Day Riders
Barbara Chudanski Day Riders #345, Eastside Hop to Palmyra 25 miles
Restroom on the bike trail
Ride Report: 4-29-09 - 10.4 miles
Spin to the doctors then back home for a rest day.
Ride Report: 4-28-09 - 44.9 miles Day Riders
Barbara Chudanski Day Riders #140, N. Chili - Churchville 18 miles
Ride Report: 4-27-09 - 88.5 miles
After riding 277 miles the last three days, I was going to take a day off. But the weather was too nice to pass up! I did get a good night sleep last night -- something I was missing the last three rides. I had a cyclist buy one of my bike items on my website, so I delivered it to him and was going to meet Gary in Webster for the 7:00pm ride. I still had some extra time before that ride, so I called Lily to see what she was doing. Bob, her husband, was going for a bike ride. I told Lily she should ride with him, and she skipped ballet to go. I was about 6 miles from their house and told them where we could meet. We rode about 13miles together before going back to their house for some cold drinks.
Bob & Lily
It was time to head out to Gary’s ride. I stopped to get a coke at the gas station just down the street from the bikes shop. The clerk gave me a drink, free of charge -- nice! No one was at the bike shop yet, so I was talking to the owner to kill some time. Gary came in, then Donny shortly after. The three of us took off together for nice evening ride. We got back to the bike shop at 8:45pm. I said goodbye and headed home.
Ride Report: 4-26-09 - 48.6 miles Chimney Bluffs Ride 24/50 Hilly
Today’s RBC ride, Chimney Bluffs, was much colder than yesterday, had wind and looked like rain at 8:30am. After our warm summer-like weather on Saturday, I didn’t think there would be much of a turnout at this ride. From the emails, it seemed like many riders might take off to recover from the previous hot, windy day! I packed all my gear and bike in the car around 7:30am and made a call to the ride leader to make sure someone was going to be there. I pulled into the parking lot and saw Brian out by the lake. We talked as more cars were pulling in. To my surprised, there were 12 riders at the 9:00am start.
The group rode out together nice and easy, trying to keep warm. I knew that the hills coming up would warm us up. We divided into two groups and rode down to Lake Bluff Rd. We took the left hand turn and saw that the road was under construction, so we all made the turn before the bridge. The group went down to three for about 5 miles, then only two of us for the rest of the ride. Steve and I talked the whole ride, and the only 10 minute break we had was at Fair Haven State Park.
The sun came out and we were having a good time going up and down the rolling hills, without bad weather. We ran across a couple of dogs, one at the beginning and one later on. As we were riding down to our cars, Ginn was coming down the road in his car. We stopped and he told us three dogs came out into the road and one bit him in the leg! And, the owner was in the front yard! We must have missed the three dogs, or we passed the house before the owner came out with them. Something needs be done about the aggressive dog problem in this country! The Sunday ride is now all done and the upcoming weather will be great on Monday. I was going to take a full-day rest from three days of riding, but how can I let this warm one go by me!
The Chimney Bluffs ride had about 12 brave souls show-up at the chilly,
misty lake side this morning. The group split in 2 almost from the start. By
Fair Haven park it was only Wayne and myself, but the sun was coming out and
just after leaving the park it was time to start stripping layers. A very
nice ride in an area the RBC rarely gets to, as Mark pointed out in an
One blemish was on the ride back into the Chimney Bluffs parking area we
passed Ginn coming the other way in his car. He got bitten in the ankle by a
dog in the Richardson Rd area. He said 3 dogs came running off the property
with the owner just standing in the yard doing nothing. He said he got a
good puncture wound. Dogs - a cyclists worst friend or rural dog owners - a
cyclists worst enemy.
Again, hats off to you April Centenarians ( Centurians?).
Ride Report: 4-25-09 - 97.7 miles Mendon - Stoneybrook Century 29/38/78/108
Waking up to our first warm morning this year, my goal for today was to ride at a nice tempo and get back to my car ASAP. I have an engagement later in the day to attend. I was going to drive out to Geneseo and ride in from there, but I wasn't sure if I was going to reach the ride start on time. So, I parked my car at the Park & Ride off 390 and 15a. I unloaded my bike and back tracked the ride from there to the park. Pulling into the Mendon Pond's parking lot, I saw many bikes and was surprised to see that many, but most of them were from a different group of riders. However, we still had a good size group.
Mendon - Stoneybrook Century
The ride had three cuts off the main loop of 108 miles -- 78, 38 and 29miles. Most of the riders were planning to make some kind of cut. I was hoping to ride with the group as long as possible, but the wind was breaking everyone up. Dennis and I were riding alone at one point for a short time. Then, he turned back to be with the group. I wasn't into waiting for the group today because of the time issue. So, I continued alone. I had a “big” black dog come flying out on my right side! I had to speed it up pretty fast -- he almost got me! I yelled out to the owner, “Get your dog in the house!” I was hoping she did that for the riders that followed. I was riding my tempo as planned for about 15 miles before Dennis joined me. We stopped at the store for a short break, and then about seven riders came in. Dennis asked the group as we were leaving who was going to ride the 108 miler and also if anyone wanted to join us. They declined. As Dennis and I left the store with the group still sitting there, I asked him who else will be riding the 108 milers. He told me he thought Paul, Otto and Gary were the only other people who were going to ride down to the Dansville area beside Dennis and me. The other riders were taking the 78 mile cut.
We rode down the hills and a couple more turns, and then it was time for the “killer hill” up Vista! I was doing ok with the 25, but the 27 would have been better! With my time restriction, the climbing and high west winds all day, I decided to cut a little part off to Stony Brook State Park and take a little detour on the way back to save time.
After riding down into Dansville, we didn't stop. We worked our way to the store at Groveland Station. There was Brian on his tandem. We had a drink, and went off to Geneseo where Dennis was going to meet Jean. As we pulled into McDonald's, Jean wasn't there! I quickly downed a milkshake, and said goodbye to Dennis before riding more miles to my car. I made it to my car around 2:30pm and home around 3:00pm. I had time to get ready for my afternoon with time to spare!
Ride Report: 4-24-09 - 130.5 miles
Dennis and I rode out to Buffalo for our first DQ ride of the year. Our ride started out at 8:00am on a cold morning. The weather warmed up to a high of 80 degrees. However, all day the wind didn't cooperate with us -- we had a cross wind most of the way to Buffalo. While we were looking at the flag across the street from Dairy Queen, the wind turned from southwest to southeast! Yes, we had a head wind or cross wind most of the way home.
My GT bike
Dennis was getting hot on the way down, so we pulled into this park where there was a waterfall and restaurant. The other stops we made was a quick stop in Bergen, then we made our planned ice cream stops at DQ in Buffalo and McDonald’s in Batavia.
Coke & Blizzard Dennis
We talked about tomorrow's Saturday ride. To be on time for my Saturday evening engagement, I’m going to drive out to Geneseo and ride to the start from there. I will still get the 108 miles, but will save time to get home on time.
Ride Report: 4-21-09 - 19.2 miles Quicksilver around town.
Rode to FedEx and my first ice cream at Lugia's!
Ride Report: 4-19-09 - 86.0 miles 114 Honeoye Falls - E. Groveland 45
I had two very long weddings on Friday and Saturday, plus going to bed late both nights. I wasn't sure how my ride was going to be on Sunday morning. I was out the door around 8:30am on a cool morning. At the start there were about 15 riders getting ready for a cool windy day. I had to take off a couple layers before the start. The group took off together. I worked my way up to Ginn at the front and we talked about our GPS and mapping. Then Gary was doing hIs normal speed ups, so I took off after him. That was going on a couple times. I waited at all the turns for a regroup. The funniest part of the ride was when Dave was the only one to hold on my wheel at speeds over 26mph on Lima Rd going into Geneseo. I asked him how he was doing, and he replied, “I'm holding on to your bike bag with my teeth!” LOL We stopped at the next turn and regrouped once again. Then, I was at the front all the way down Groveland. I had Dave and Bill enjoying the draft this time. We pulled over at the turn and waited for the other riders. We had everyone together in a nice heavy head wind. I was trying to make sure the group was holding on at 21mph, but we dropped some. Bob was asking about a break; I knew there was a store in Lakeville, so we pulled in. After our little break, we were only 12 miles from the start. But after the last couple hills, the group was pretty far back. My gas tank was running a little empty from the previous days' long weddings and doing the all monster pulls for 33miles. I have afternoon and evening plans and wanted to get back home. So I took off.
See everyone next weekend!
David Lamb's Wrote:
Don't blame me, it was Doc Bill's idea...
There once was a cyclist named Wayne,
Who seemed never to be in much pain;
When the rest of us tired,
He said, "You're all fired",
But at least he wasn't profane!
Ride Report: 4-16-09 - 69.8 miles
A nice ride out to Batavia and back.
Ride Report: 4-14-09 - 21.2 miles Quicksilver around town.
Nice spin to the post office and my mother's, then the long way home.
Ride Report: 4-12-09 - 66.1 miles Fairport - Pumpkin Hook - Walworth 35/41
HAPPY EASTER There were about ten riders at a cool windy start. I had some help with this ride -- the "energizer bunny" was on the back of my helmet!!!
I mounted the Rolf Vector Pro wheels that were from my recently sold steel GT bike on my Klein. The wheels rode fast and smooth. I was still feeling pretty good after Saturday's ride, so I decided to play a game. When anyone darts off from the group, I was going to ride them down, then see if they could hold the speed. Later in the ride, the wind was slowing down many of the riders, so I took the lead to help the riders with the high winds. Over all, I had a good workout this weekend and look forward to my rest day on Monday. I should be out riding in the nicer weather in the next five days. Next weekend, I'll be riding only on Sunday -- I can't make RBC's Saturday ride because I have to work.
Ride Report: 4-11-09 - 69.1 miles 1 Northampton - Caledonia 14/36 Rolling
I was looking forward to testing out my new carbon handlebars on my titanium GT bike. After working on my taxes for three days, I was rested and ready to ride a hard ride. This was the first time riding my GT bike this year. The bike was fast, but the handlebar was too high. I took off and had one rider on my wheel for about 10 miles, until he couldn’t hold on anymore. I kept my speed up and stopped in Mumford to make a call to see if my first Easter stop was planning to be home. I stopped at the gas station and said goodbye to the other riders before heading east to Avon. Then I rode home to get ready for my dance.
David Lamb's Ride Report:
It's an ill wind that blows no good,and it comes from the North! Going out was truly a "breeze" -considering the turn made me weak in the knees. The 19 to Mumford was far above 20, while the home leg barely 15! To make matters worse -'twas cold, a real double curse. Wayne and Cliff were off like a shot, leaving me, Doc Bill and Otto behind! So, Doc and Otto marshaled resources - and me, I grabbed the reins on those horses.
Now on the windy return trip, good news, here's Cliffy to help! Little draft behind Otto, Doc's a mere spike - But Cliff - now there's a draft all will like.The hills, we debated a mixed blessing, great wind blocks, yet still the chains of gravity! A smoothly oiled machine, we rotated through - With Otto in front, we fairly flew. I was glad to see Northampton, for that meant no more North! And finally turning my trusty beast - I headed home, downwind, and East. They say that whatever don't kill you, makes you faster and stronger! And today, I'm glad to survive - at least I THINK I'm alive.
Ride Report: 4-9-09 - 32.2 miles
I went out for an easy ride with my Litespeed bike for the first time this year.
Ride Report: 4-5-09 - 43.8 miles 190 1000 Acre Swamp 20 Small Hills
A very good turn out for this ride, not like yesterday's!
Windy Ride Report: 4-4-09 - 46.9 miles 260 Wizard of Clay 40/53 Hilly
What a crazy day for a bike ride! I knew the wind was going to be the biggest problem. So, I decided to ride my heavy mountain bike, because my road bike would be pushed around too much! I packed my car with everything I needed and stopped for a big breakfast. I was first at the ride start at 9:15am and waited until 9:50am -- still nobody there! I decided to go out alone and get some miles, then Michelle, the ride leader, pulled in at 10:00am. She said, I was nuts to go out and she would sign me in. I wasn’t sure how long my ride was going to be and told her that. She told me to email my miles later though Fast Friends.
I started down Rt15 and Lima Rd -- the cross winds hit me hard! I put my head down into the high winds and was trying not to be push into the cars behind me. It was brutal, I made it to Geneseo alive. There since I was getting warm, I had to take off some of my gear. When I turned down Reservoir Rd, I was flying!!! The wind was blowing so hard, I didn’t have to pedal that much! I couldn’t believe it when the sun came out for a short time and thought this isn’t that bad. After a fast downhill to Conesus Lake, I turned north and the cross winds weren't too bad because the hill was blocking it for me.
Then turning east once again, I was jet propelled again! I was riding so fast and thinking, boy the ride back is going to be a super big pain! When I made it to Honeoye, my plans were not to stop anywhere other than on the side of the road. At that point, I decided to start my way back into the wind. I made the cut and went down Allen’s Hill Rd to County Road 15 west. When I made the turn, the wind hit me like a hammer!!! Wow, I wasn’t going fast anymore! The only time I had any kind of a break was on the hills where the wind was being blocked “slightly.” The wind was coming head on, and I was able get up out of the saddle with control of the bike. The wind never let up! It took sometime to get back to the car.
I was thrilled to get back. I saw Michelle's car still in the parking lot -- most likely, she was having just as much fun as I had. Afterwards, I still had time to get my hair cut for the Ugly Disco tonight! Hope to see more people at Sunday's ride!
Ride Report: 4-2-09 - 136.4 miles
What a great day to start my first ride for April! I made a couple stops before getting out-of-town. I worked my way south to River Rd, then took many country roads to Letchworth State Park. After a short break at McDonalds in Mount Morris, I headed north then east to make the 6:00pm Fast Friends ride at Mendon Ponds Park. I made it just in time! I rode with them for about 10miles when I noticed a slow leak on my front tire. I didn’t want to slow the group down with my problem, so I pumped it up and rode about six miles to a bike shop in Pittsford. I changed the tube and then rode home.
Ride Report: 3-31-09 - 8.8 miles Quicksilver around town.
My last ride for March and close with 827 outdoor miles. That's pretty good for this time of the year. All of my 701 miles from March of last year was all ridden in Florida.
Ride Report: 3-29-09 - 36.4 miles 178 Ellison Park - Mendon Ponds Park 25 Moderate
Today’s short 25-mile spin to Mendon Ponds started warm and dry. The weather report was calling for 70% rain. I took out my old rain bike and vest, which proved useful eight miles into the ride. The rain started light, then the heavy wind and rain came down very hard! I pulled over to put on my rain vest, but I was already totally wet! We all stopped under the bridge and talked about the extra miles. It was much colder now and being all wet wasn’t much fun. We all wanted to get back ASAP. We made our turn at the park and headed back down Clover. I said goodbye to everyone on East Ave. and still had some cold miles to go before taking off all my wet gear at home.
Ride Report: 3-28-09 - 97.2 miles 18 Lima Canadice Lake 42 Small Hills
Waking up to a cold morning, my plans for today's ride was to ride an easy day. So I set my hr to155 max on my gps to make sure I was a good boy! I was bad for a couple miles when Dennis shot ahead of the group; I guess he was happy to get out for his first club ride of the year. So, I broke away from the group and rode with him up some hills. My hr alarm was buzzing -- yes I was going over the 155 max for the day. So I backed it off for the rest of the ride. Around the half way point, I was getting hot. I had to pull over and take off a couple layers. Most of the riders went by me. I had the 42-mile route mapped out in the gps. There were additional miles available to Springwater and, I think, some of the riders went that way. I didn't see anyone other than three riders on the side of the road. They ask me why I didn't go to Springwater, and I told them why. I made it back to the start and after a bathroom break; I was heading west to Avon for something to eat. I turned on East River Rd and made my way back home.
Ride Report: 3-27-09 - 80.2 miles "
I had an opportunity to enjoy this wonderful sunny day. I rode out to where the ride start was going to be tomorrow morning. Then, I went west on 5&20 to McDonalds in Avon for my typical ice cream stop. I made a call to my good friend, Veronica, to see if she was out enjoying this great day. She answered the phone that she was out riding already. She was five miles down the road! We rode 27-miles together and talked about the upcoming rides. After saying good-by, I rode home and laid out my gear for an early start in the morning.
Ride Report: 3-25-09 - 57.2 miles "Dennis"
Today's ride started cool and windy until the afternoon when the temperature started to warm up. I rode out to Brockport where I stopped at Wendy's for a break. I called Dennis to let him know I was going to stop by the cemetery for a couple of laps before heading home for my appointment. Dennis did make it out of his cave and rode for an hour, before I came along to ride with him for a couple of miles.
Ride Report: 3-24-09 - 33.3 miles
Very cold when the sun went down! Next Tuesday night is the last TNUA ride for the season. I will not be riding the last TNUA because, I'll be taking photo's at the 2009 Tour De Cure kick off.
Ride Report: 3-22-09 - 33.8 miles
310 Spin Around the Bay 15 Rolling
After a long ride on Saturday the 23rd, an easy spin with my fix-gear bike sounds good for my day of rest. I rode with the group to the Bay and Empire Rd. I wasn't too far from Lily and Bob's house and stopped over to visit. After some green tea and talking about bike stuff for about an hour, I rode home.
Ride Report: 3-21-09 - 102.7 miles RBC - #25 Fairport Mormon Hill 40 miles
I was on the road at 9:00am with temperatures around 24 degrees. I took the bike path to Pittsford, turned on Marsh Rd and right on Fairport Rd to the park. I was 40 minutes early. The restrooms at the park are still closed for the season; I rode to the bike shop in Fairport. Riding back to the start, I found everyone getting ready.
This is my first ride on this bike with my new gps. I’ve been riding my Klein with the bike computer 2/10's of a mile too slow. I was thinking of added some miles to all the rides with the Klein, but then my other bikes would be set too fast! I’ll need to check all the other bikes with my gps later this year. We made it back to the parking lot and talked about the ride on Sunday.
I had 60-miles in at this time and was thinking of riding around 100 miles for the day. I knew it was only 20 miles to my house from the parking lot, so I went north on Rt 250 to Webster and stop at McDonalds for a short break.
I made it to Webster Park at the lake and headed west on Lake Rd, crossed the bridge and turned on Lake Shore Blvd. I had to keep riding west until the 90-mile mark, which was on Edgemere Dr. I turned south on Lowden Point Rd and worked my way home. Now it's time for a movie and popcorn!
Ride Report: 3-19-09 - 17.9 miles
Spinning at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery off Lake Ave.
Ride Report: 3-17-09
Time Trial 10miles + TNUA 40.2 miles + 15.7 movie miles = 65.9 miles
Today was a great day to drive out to Webster Park for my first time trial of the year. From there I had to rush home to get ready for the TNUA ride. "With no time to eat anything," I changed from my red outfit to my St. Patrick Green outfit. At the TNUA ride, Scott took us on some hills to blow out the winter dust from our lungs. I rode home for my late dinner and switched to my movie bike and made it just in time for the 9:35pm show. I'll sleep well tonight.
Ride Report: 3-16-09 - 24.4 miles
Quicksilver speed delivery around town.
Ride Report: 3-14-09 - 66.4 miles
RBC - #106 Avon Inn Brunch Ride 31 Moderate
Today's ride, we had many riders show up for RBC first ride of the season. On the way home, I came across the St. Patrick's Day Parade. Instead of wearing of the green,
I was dressed red!!!
Paul's Ride Report and pictures- Yesterday was the first RBC ride of the season!
We had a good turn out in Scottsville (25-30). We rode a rolling 31 miles.
The temperature was cold to start, but began to warm up at the end.
The fast group is still fast and knocked the socks off the rest of us.
But as stunning development, they waited 3 or 4 times along the route.
This made for a pleasurable ride as we were able to ride with each other
for extended stretches.
Ride Report: 3-08-09 - 65.6 miles
Today's ride we had our share of fun. Ginn had one flat on his back wheel, Bob had two but we're not going to talk about what happen on his second flat! I had three flats: one riding out to the start, one on the ride and my last one riding home on the bike path, plus breaking my pump on the ride!
Thanks to Ginn for his tube repairs and Onno's for his pump, I made it home without walking or using my cell phone! I was late to post my ride report. An email from Onno Kluyt came in, and he really did a good job of describing all the fun we had -- I added my photos to his report. Thanks Onno!
Onno Kluyt wrote:
Today we did our second group ride of the season; a bunch of us who call each other fast friends. Yesterday we rode as well - Paul chose ride #130 starting from Mendon Ponds Park circling around for 23 miles. The weather was great, cool not cold and a bit overcast. So afterwards we decided we should ride again on Sunday, today. Paul charged Otto to come up with the route. Otto emailed in the evening that we should do ride #167, also from Mendon Ponds Park (all roads lead to, or rather from, Mendon Ponds Park) starting at 1pm - 1pm so the forecasted rain in the morning had time to clear.
While driving to the park fog descended on Clover Street and covered the park as well. It certainly was more damp and colder than I had thought. I was happy that I threw my winter jacket in the bag just before I left, one great last minute thought, but no hat nor earwarmers, wintergloves, booties. So chilliness was going to be part of the ride. A good group gathered in the parking lot, all fast mile eaters: Wayne, Otto, Dave, Bob, Michelle, Greg, Ginn. No Paul though even after he teased Otto yesterday for not having a ride lined up for Sunday.
Off we are; Douglas and Pond roads out the park and then, and then, huh what? Oh, flat. Bob’s front tire punched on the climb on Pond towards Clover. Three miles done yet still in the park. With Dave’s help Bob performs the operation. A new bike as well and already a flat. Bob’s inflates the tire with Dave’s Morph pump. I have one too in Charles’ suitcase, very good pumps. I’m thinking maybe should bring it on these rides too. The wheel goes back in the fork and we’re rolling again.
With some left and rights our overall direction is west towards the river.
Otto compliments Michelle on her pink pedals. It’s going well, I feel spunky as the British would say and do my turns at the head together with Wayne and Otto. This winter I have been doing spin class once or twice a week and I’m feeling the difference. If nothing else, spinning made me realize how much more efficient my pedal stroke can be. It helps me maintain a better cadence on the flat and also in powering up small hills.
After turning off East River road and zigzagging back to Mendon Ponds we turn onto Stoney Brook and I happily power up the incline. Otto and Dave u-turn to catch up the others on the climb, Wayne and I slowly pedal on talking about PBP, Quadzilla, time trails and such matters. I look around, no one in sight. Wayne and I circle back too to find Ginn on the shoulder of the road fixing a flat. The Morph pump comes back to mind and I am thinking I should really take it with me on these rides. Except for Ginn we all take this to be a lunch break and munch on cliff bars, gels and other much concentrated foods. My dad calls these gels “astronaut food”. When he was in the hospital on liquid food he proudly proclaimed being fed the same food as the space station occupants. Ginn completes the procedure and we thank him for his consideration in giving us a lunch break.
The road slopes down from here. At the end we turn left onto Rush-Lima Road where Wayne has another flat. We covered barely half a mile since “lunch”. Wayne flatted on his ride from home to the park as well. That costed Wayne his spare tube but Ginn gladly donates a tube so that we’re on the go again a little sooner. I should really bring that Morph pump, you know? Wayne notices that this tube has been patched. Several jokes follow about how this increases the weight of his ride. After putting the tire back on Wayne says something like he’s ready to pump while one holds the wheel and someone shouts “We’re Hans and Frans, we want to pump you up!” Universal giggling. Alright, wheel back in the frame. We’re off. Gearing to go because the standing still has made us all very chilly.
Second Flat! First Flat!
Right here we make a right and a short incline on this road. And Bob has another flat. His rear tire this time. Not even half a mile. Bob’s run out of spares. I donate mine but Bob is first intent on fixing the puncture. Not all in the group are really pleased with that extra time investment. The puncture repair doesn’t really work out so Bob takes my tube. He’s pumping the tire with Dave’s Morph and I am so bringing mine next time. Then, bang! The tube was pinched between the rim and the tire and blew out. In one smooth motion Gary reaches in his saddle bag, retrieves his spare and lays it before Bob before even a thought of puncture repair can emerge. We realize we need to consult the Rochester Bike Club policy on whether this constitutes a flat during a ride, will Bob get credit for one or two flats? During all this Ginn has been repairing his punctured tube from 3/4 of a mile ago. Good thinking, at a rate of three flats a mile…
The wheel’s back on, we all clip in, ride! Nothing untoward happens for several miles.
We go down a hill with Otto and me leading. While not very steep or that long suddenly the front of my bike starts to wobble. At the same time I hear some noise behind me but I am focused on carefully slowing down the shaking bike. Not sure what happened, maybe I was too cold and any body shivering was adopted by the bike? Because of that noise I look over my bicycle but nothing seems missing or loose. Turns out that noise was Wayne’s pump coming off his frame hitting his rear wheel. Pump’s broken in two. We’re now close to the roundabout on route 65, via Pond road we make it back into the park and back to the parking lot. Wayne’s without pump, his rear tire is losing air. He still needs to ride home so I loaned him my pump. Now I’ll have to bring that Morph pump on my next ride.
David Lamb's Email:
Thanks for the report and pictures, Onno and Wayne. For those not there, yes, it was pretty pathetic. It got a little chilly standing around watching flat-fixing techniques. Ginn scored well from all judges; Wayne's smooth rear-wheel mounting was very professional. Still waiting on the official scoring from RBC on Bob's self-inflicted pinch blow-out - we're hoping he gets credit because after all one doesn't get many chances at 3 flats on a ride less than 30 miles, and besides it would be a shame if Onno's spanking new tube was sacrificed for naught. Otto and Gary and others mixed in some comedy to lighten the mood. We'll see what next weekend brings.
Ride Report: 3-07-09 - 67.8 miles
After eating my breakfast, a hot shower and a light warm-up, I started to get ready to leave. I was out the door around 8:30am. I took my old GT bike with fenders, because rain was in the forecast later in the afternoon. I looked at the clock on Lake Ave and knew at 9:00am, I was going to be at the start too early. I was there over an hour early before the start, so I started to ride laps around Mendon Ponds.
We had a great turnout for this time of the year. I took the group photo and we were on our way. We all stayed together for most of the ride until half of the group made the cut back to the parking lot. Now with the remaining group of six riders, we came in together. After talking in the parking lot, I turned on my flashing lights and headed home. I wasn't sure if I was going to make it home before the rain! It started to rain when I pulled in my driveway. "What timing!"
Note: There were no flats or mechanicals and everyone had a good ride.
Thanks to Paul for organizing the ride.
Paul's Ride Report - Yes, the Mendon ride also had no rain. Here's what we did find: most of our legs remembered how to turn over the pedals. Bill, Sara, and Wayne rode to the ride (shooting to the top of the mileage leader board). There were no drops (no Mike B), but the front group did push the pace a few times. No flats (also no Mike B). No animal incidents (no Dave L). No motorcycle flashers ( no Gary S).
The stats: 23.4 miles; 15.9 mph (I had to chase down the front group); 17 riders to start; we stayed on route, except when we took a detour around the climb up Quaker Meeting House Rd. (no one complained - esp. Dr Bill). At the end we found Hopkins Rd. impassable (too much snow).
Ride Report: 3-05-09 - 53.9 miles
Today's weather was pretty good but the wind was blowing from the south. I wasn't sure where I was going to ride after dropping off my mail to the post office and going to the bank. I started riding south along the river to 5&20, then east to Avon. I had a short break and started back home with a nice tail wind.
Ride Report: 3-04-09 - 16.1 miles
The weather is going to warm up in the next couple days. But it's calling for rain on both Friday and Saturday. Today and Thursday the weather isn't going to be as warm, but there is no rain in the forecast. At 3:30pm, I went out for a short spin to look for my rear derailleur pulley I lost on the 25th. I had no luck finding the pulley.
Ride Report: 2-26-09 - 37.8 miles + 15.7 movie miles = 53.5 miles
Today for this time of the year in Rochester, the weather was pretty good. Around the 20-mile mark, a friend called me to go riding. We rode the bike trail along the river. There were some spots where I had to walk the bike. My Softride road bike isn't very good on the icy paths! I took off about 3/10's of a mile out of my total for the walking part. Later tonight, I might ride out to the movies at 10:10pm. That should be around 16 more miles.
Ride Report: 2-25-09 - 23.2 miles
I was going for a short ride after my stops to the bank and post office. No more than 16 miles into the ride, one of my rear derailleur pulley wheels came flying off. I walked back to look for it, but I couldn't find anything. I had to cut the chain and make a single speed to get home.
Florida trip from February 3rd to the 17th - 1007.6 miles
No, the photo with the fire, wasn't my plane crashing! Read all about this trip - Click here
With my Florida trip coming up this Tuesday the 3rd, and most of roads aren't looking all that great for riding outdoors, I'm going to stay inside with my workout and end the month of January.
Ride Report: 1-23-09 - 56.9 miles
I was happy to ride outside for the first time over a month. My wrist injury is back to normal; my rib is going to take a couple more weeks. My first stop today was at Full Moon bike shop to return the Santa hat to Scott, then south on Rt. 65 to Mendon, Lima, west on Rt. 20 to Avon, then home. I hope to get out for one or two more rides before leaving to Florida for 14days of cycling and dancing.