Art suggested an alternative ride for today(Sunday)that was the perfect solution; we would ride with the slower group but give them a 30 minute head start. Tally ho.....the chase is on.
Art,Paul, Rene and myself started the chase at the Enfield Big Stop for a 70K loop through sections of the province I swear I have never been.Weather conditions were good, road conditions went from smooth blacktop to Spring Classics faux cobbles; crappy, potholed misery. Unfortunately on the return trip we also faced a strong headwind and a continual rise in elevation. No major climbs but steady grade increases. Combined with the lousy pavement it was a tough slog.
Art and Paul, who routinely ride with the elite guys took it easy on the few big climbs and it was on one particular hill where I felt the worse. Other than that climb the legs felt strong all day and actually got better as the ride progressed. We caught the slower group at about the 3/4 mark where Jeanne jumped in with us and Rene stayed back.
The four of us then hunkered down for the last miserable quarter of the ride.At one point Paul went off the front on a downhill section and Art followed suit. As Jeanne caught my wheel she suggested we must be getting close to the end as the boys were upping the speed ante. Off she went with me trailing as we closed the gap and all four of us were hammering across a flat section of road. A look at my computer showed 44KPH when the road suddenly switched to a Nova Scotian version of Paris-Roubaix.
One of my contacts literally shook out of place at the most unfortunate time when I heard this bizarre noise from behind me....seems Paul had some kind of mechanical after hitting a rough patch. We stopped, investigated, found nothing then left. Art and Jeanne were gone sprinting down a fun twisty, albeit rough, downhill when Paul once again had to stop. Nothing found we then limped the last half kilometer back to the cars just in case. No point hammering it in case Paul had some serious bike issue.
At the end of the day Art`s numbers were 69(ish)kms with a 32(ish) average. Mine was a little slower due to the stops in the last couple k`s. Not bad considering the rough pavement and steady headwind for at least half the distance. It was a good ride, my legs feel stiff but happy tonight and it was just what the doctor ordered. If I can get half a dozen more of these in over the next 3 weeks I might actually be able to do the Brooklyn ITT in mid May.