Speedtrap Ride Tuesday July 2nd recap
The Speedtrap Ride, Ottawa County’s best Tuesday night ride, brought twenty-five cyclists to Elmore this past Tuesday, July 2nd.
Scott Lang led the Ghost Pepper Riders and reported a 22-mph average.
Tony Mazurek led the Habanero Riders and reported a riding average of 18.5 mph.
I rode with two other Jalapeno Riders: Claude Watkins and Justin Hart. We recorded an average of 15.4 mph
Marnie Arndt and Becky Kayden were the Sweet Pepper Riders. They rode 13 miles, some of it on the North Coast Inland Trail. However, riding on the trail wasn’t good because there were branches down in many places forcing them to walk their bikes around.
Right at 6:30, the rain came down very hard. We knew it would be short-lived, and it was. In five minutes, it was over. However, we thought there might be another one. Not so. Roads were wet only for the first few miles.
Some of the Ghost Pepper Riders thought that THIS week we were riding the route in reverse, and that’s what they did.
A few of the Ghost Pepper Riders did fall off the pack and rode separately., probably because of the heat.(The high temperature was at least 90). The heat was a likely reason riding averages were not as high as they have been the last few weeks. However, there was a tailwind for much of the ride returning to Elmore.
Pictured are first-time Speedtrap Riders John Del Toro and Adam Stemen, who rode with the Habaneros. Welcome John and Adam to the Speedtrap Ride.
Several riders did enjoy food, drink, and good conversation at the Portage Inn in Elmore after the ride
Next Tuesday, July 9th, we will ride the Speedtrap Ride route in reverse. There will be a cookout and a potluck in front of the bike shop after the ride. Spoke Life Cycles will be providing the ground beef and hotdogs. Please bring a side dish to share. Please join us for this special occasion. I hope to see you then!