Friday, May 30, 2014

And in other news...

It is now, officially, legal to ride in the lane on the Pacific Coast Highway. Time to plan that vacation:
People of the State of California v. G$
Last fall a movement began. A handful of riders in the South Bay stopped playing gutter bunny on Pacific Coast Highway and took their rightful place in the lane... At its height Big Orange was towing 70 to 80 riders in an orderly 2×2 formation down the best bike lane in America: the right-hand lane of PCH.
And then the trouble began...

Thursday, May 29, 2014

5/31 Saturday Ride

This week we are looking to do a nice casual ride after last weekend's Memorial Day Ride as we head out through Falmouth, Cumberland and Yarmouth (Ride route). We'll leave the shop at 8:00.

Next weekend (6/7), we are looking for a leader, so please let us know if you would be interested in helping out.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

5/24 Saturday Ride

This weekend, the club has its annual CCCP Memorial Day Ride. This is a great ride in a gorgeous part of the world and with sunny skies and warm temps forecast for the area it should be a great event. If you are planning to ride, please drop Kris an email so he has a general sense of the head count.

For the Saturday ride we will plan to leave the shop at 8:00 for our Mountain Rd loop since it is relatively short and includes a touch of climbing (Ride route).

Saturday, May 17, 2014

5/18 Ride

It looks like we have a leader volunteer (thank you, Paul) and the weather actually looks pretty decent for tomorrow, so we will plan to ride.

There are some who can't commit to 50+ miles on a short-notice Sunday ride, so we will plan on doing the Freeport/Brunswick ride since it allows a shorter ride for those who need to get back. Plus, these routes are familiar to all, which makes the job of "leading" a bit easier.

The shorter loop will be the Freeport ride and the longer loop will head up toward Brunswick. Plan to leave the shop around 8:00.

Friday, May 16, 2014

5/17 or 5/18 Ride

I have been dragging my feet on this post, hoping that tomorrow wouldn't be a washout. But, it looks like there is little sense holding out hope. Although Saturday looks to be rained out, there is a possibility that Sunday could stay reactively dry in the morning. The hitch there is that Bron can't ride on Sunday and neither can I.

Since the CCCP Memorial day Ride is just about a week away at this point, we will throw it out to the group to decide what you want to do. Use the comments to let us know whether you want to ride in the rain on Saturday or try for Sunday. If you want to ride Sunday, we are going to need a volunteer to act as the leader.

As for a route, we were thinking that either the Brunswick ride or the Gloucester Hill ride would be a good way to get in a bit of climbing and distance in advance of next weekend's ride.

As a bit of an aside, I'll hop up on the soapbox for a second and say a thing or two about group riding in the rain. Whenever we ride as a group, it is important that we are aware of the fact that the decisions we make as individuals impact the group as a whole. In the rain, where visibility is reduced, handling is compromised and reactions can be degraded from cold, it is especially important that we think about how our riding impacts everyone else. Please be vigilant when things get wet and if you are on the front of the group in the rain, try to make sure that you are riding in a way that keeps everyone behind you safe. If you are in the pack, please be predictable and leave a little extra space to allow for reduced reactions and reduced braking.

Please use the comments to let us know what you want to do this weekend and whether you are willing to act as the leader.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

5/10 Saturday Ride

Despite the threat of some wetness, we are going to push forward with our initial plan and try to give people the option to add some more miles this week. The ride will leave the shop at the usual 8:00.

The shorter ride will be our standard trip up to Freeport (Ride route). As we often do, once the ride hits S. Freeport Rd., we will split and folks looking to add some miles can head on up to Brunswick (Ride route).

A reminder that Memorial Day is quickly approaching and with it comes the CCCP Memorial Day Ride. If you're looking for encouragement, try not to look at the profile of Hurricane and just remind yourself that it's a great event in a beautiful place to ride.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

5/3 Saturday Ride

After a late start to the season, it is becoming painfully obvious that Memorial Day doesn't come any later when winter overstays its welcome. There isn't much time to add mileage before the annual Memorial Day Ride, but we're going to try.

This week will have one route as we head out to Pineland (Ride route). While there won't technically be a short loop this week, those looking to add a few extra miles and a few hills, there is the option to add Gloucester Hill. We'll leave from the shop at the usual 8:00.

Looking forward to next weekend, we will have two routes. The shorter loop will be our standard Freeport loop (Ride route), while the longer route will head up toward Brunswick (Ride route).