We have not done a ride recap in a while… I can’t give a good reason why, just life and cycling this year have been different. We know why this is, (The C Word) and it has affected everything we do. We have been riding in smaller groups, “socially distancing.” Meeting in different zones of the parking lot, not having a mass start with announcements, etc. Heck there really hasn’t been too much to talk about other than COVID and cancelling charity rides, and Team Evesham events like the Grill and Chill and Welcome Back events. Heck, I really miss the good ole days when we had announcements and everyone got to see everyone else at the start, and we talked about upcoming events. Hopefully in time to come things will clear up and we can go back to that.
Today was different and it sparked my desire to write a quick recap (or not so quick) about our ride. Route master Scott Downie plotted a course for us to the north… starting from Lumberton to get us further into the Columbus area and some different roads. I forgot that we didn’t have start zones set up there. Also with the need to make a few quick announcements about the route, well, we had to gather at a distance again like the good ole days! What a feeling it was to be together with all of our pace groups. I know, not the safest thing, but we kept our distance. Being so used to not having announcements I failed to give a shout out to Nick Liermann and the upcoming Foster 100! Sorry Nick… and by the way, we are still planning a Team Evesham Joint Ride for the Foster 100 on September 13. We have had some route challenges, but it’s coming. So, we made some quick announcements and off we went towards Columbus!
What a great route it was, new roads, some hills, long straightaways and some new riders that had recently joined to spice things up in the A Group.
I want to thank the Ride Leaders that stepped up to lead today, they did an awesome job today. Mark Thornton lead our A Group, Scott Downie led our B+, Maurice Finnerty and Michael Gibbs led the Long B, Brad Davis and Carrie Salsbery led the Short B, Ross Polinow and Dennis Dahms lead our C+ group, and Jimmy Sweet and Chris Seip lead our C group. Yes that is correct and not a typo, Jimmy Sweet is back from an injury and led our C group, I’m sure Chris kept him in check.
If you are planning on riding the Foster 100 with us keep an eye on the website, email and Facebook for details for September 13, with a possible rain date of Sept 12. Details to follow as we finalize the route. We are planning to leave from Ott’s Greentop in Berlin and have a double loop route, one approximately 65-70 miles and the second the remainder of the 100 to complete the Foster ride requirement.
Thanks for joining us and we look forward to many more rides this year, socially distanced starts or otherwise!