One of the bad things about building your ride on wind exposure - you can’t cancel when the winds are challenging. And challenging was an understatement. The winds were steady at 17-18 from the east, with gusts that tried to blow you over in parking lot. 20 intrepid warriors showed up for the ride, but 4 of them decided to postpone their ride until next week. We split into two groups, with Edgar taking the hard chargers, and Jen and I combining into a second group. We took a nuanced approach to riding, doing a moderate pace when we were with the wind, and shortening the ride by about 2.5 miles so we could do battle with the harsh winds on the way back. Edgar’s group passed us to arrive back at the start with an average of 20 mph, with Jen and my group scoring a solid 16 under adverse conditions.
Next week is the Ride of Silence. So the regular Windsday ride is canceled. Instead we will do a Ride To The Ride, starting from the back parking lot of Tam O Shanter. Tam O is 2.5 miles east of Timberstone at 7060 W Sylvania Ave, Sylvania, OH. We plan to leave at 6:00 to make it to the start of the ride on time, but there is some time if you’re a few minutes late. More details next week.