Here are reports from the ride last Tuesday...
21 riders headed Southwest on a beautiful night for cycling. 6 riders made up the Rabbits going 34 miles with an average speed of 16 mph.
Gorgeous June night with tons of daylight found Spinners headed southwest into a gentle breeze. Hammers swinging at typical breakneck speed were overheard as they rode out of sight to be planning a long ride. Rabbits and Cruisers headed to Shirland. At that point the Rabbits went south on the 34 mile Harrison loop and Cruisers turned back for 25 miles. Magnificent evening for a bike ride.
With this coming Tuesday being July 4th and after talking to several other Spinners we will not have an organized ride on that day for a variety of reasons. If people still show up and want to ride then that is their choice but be aware of "bottle rockets" & "firecrackers" when out cycling.
Here is Jeff's report on this past weekend's ride around Geneva Lake:
I can’t say enough good things about the group ride Saturday with the Velo Club and the McHenry County Cycle Club. Perfect weather helped. We Spinners benefited from the largesse of these two clubs. My count was 9 Spinners among the sixty plus riders. Whoever is responsible for the routes did a brilliant job as the terrain around Lake Geneva, although beautiful, can be challenging with traffic and hills. Both were managed quite well. And at only $7 for the food (ample and delicious) it was a real value. Toynton Park was a good choice for gathering because of the shelter with bathrooms and great parking. It’s always a joy meeting new people and catching up with old friends. Having done several of these gran fondo type rides my favorite memories are when something goes wrong (think flat tire) and people just jump in and support each other. My only negative takeaways are that my jersey envy only increased when I saw the clubs with matching outfits and we Spinners don’t have that group identity…we’re more Bad News Bears than Little League World Series. The other suggestion I might have is to change the name of the event. “Joint Ride” sounds more like something you’d do in Colorado if you know what I’m saying. Anyway, Sue and I will definitely put the Saturday before the 4th of July in our calendar for next year.
Don't miss the next night ride on Wed July 26th. We'll be able to start a little earlier for those of you who have to get up early the next day for work. Hard to believe the sun has already started heading north again.