Back in the saddle. Lt to rt. Liz, Velma, Christine B., Brian, Roy, and Mark.
While the rest of the country has been having interesting weather, San Angelo has enjoyed about two weeks in the 70's. Nine of us (six pictured) got together Saturday for our first "long" ride of the year. The plan was to go to Knickerbocker and then up Guinn Road to the end of the pavement and return-a little over 30 miles. Christine J., Jerry and Cindy Middleton were to join us at Knickerbocker.
Before anyone is misled about idyllic weather conditions, the route out (15 miles) was into a 15-25 mile an hour headwind. However, the previous week when I was grousing about the wind during a ride, Liz stated she was riding for the workout. That put everything into perspective. As one cycling expert stated, the best way to deal with a headwind is to have a good attitude. Since the ballpark estimates are for a 5 mph of wind to equal a 1% grade, the 3% grade wokout (15 mph wind) was what we were all out to achieve. Sort of.
As Christine J. is still taking it easy due to her hip replacement, she was to meet us at Knickerbocker and ride the Guinn road with us. I had asked her to take the camera and get some "action" shots as we climbed Windy Ridge hill.
"The last shall be first". Liz and Roy make it up the long incline.
Surprise, surprise who really made it up the hill first--Velma. Rick was helping out with a Friends of the State Park project and didn't make the ride.
Christine B. doesn't even look winded.
Brian's first ride since October. Looking good.
Mark easily tops the incline. I think I see two riders somewhere in the distance trailing him.
Mark had another appointment and had to leave us at Windy Ridge Ranch. Liz is demonstrating the effects of the wind if you aren't anchored by a bike.
Joining us at Knickerbocker were Jerry (lt) and Cindy Middleton (far- rt). Jerry and Cindy live in the area so just rode from their house. Christine J. in the blue jersey drove out to just ride Guinn Road. Christine B. (yellow jersey) joins the discussions.
Velma has a well deserved smile of satisfaction of defeating the wind.
Brian is still smiling at this point.
Last year the smile on Liz's face meant "I am beating you up the next hill--watch out."