Thanks once again to all of you - the Athens Land Trust, sponsoring bike shops Georgia Cycle Sport and the Hub, all other sponsors and supporters, and a great group of riders - for a lovely Al Pless Memorial Bike Ride this past Saturday. We had an absolutely perfect day to honor the memory of our friend Al while supporting the important work of the Land Trust.
But Wait, There's More...
Saturday, May 23, 9:30am - 1:00pm
Pittard Park, 120 Parkview Rd, Winterville (map)
Basically, the Stimulus Package is the Gambler backwards. Its 43 miles encompass Hargrove Lake, Devil's Pond, Sandy Cross (store stop), Glade, Point Peter, Carlton, Watson Mill (water break), and a return to Winterville. Please park in the Pittard Park parking lot. You can print the map and cue sheet (thanks Dan!) from cyclenittygritty.org/maps/stimulus_package_loop.pdf. Anticipated pace around 16mph. Leader: Rik, firstname.lastname@example.org, 706-546-1639.
Saturday, May 30, 9am - 1pm
Oconee Heights Baptist Church, 4180 Jefferson Rd., Athens (map)
Enjoy the full Apple Valley route (about 42 miles) or one of several shorter options available. Ride leader will be doing the long route at an average of 14-15 mph, so this is a good opportunity for folks who like longer distances at a more relaxed pace. Faster riders are welcome to ride ahead. Store stop in Dry Pond at roughly the halfway point. Please park in the grassy area beside the church. Maps available on the Nitty Gritty website and I will bring a few to the start. Leader: Mark, email@example.com, 706-296-6717.
Riding with Aero Bars
Finally, let me address a question that has come to my attention recently - particularly as our rides are getting biggest and faster - the issue of riding with aero bars in a peloton. After checking with many local riders and doing some online research, too, it is apparent that proper protocol and etiquette - and the need for safety - dictate that riders should not use their aero bars when in a paceline or peloton. Doing so limits the rider's ability to reach the brakes quickly enough in an emergency and hampers control of the bike. As I saw on one web site, "Never be in the time trial (aero bar) position when you're in the bunch. You don't have access to the brakes when you're on the aero bars. Always be on the hoods where you have much more control. Only when you get to the very front should you ever get into the aero-tuck position and go into time trial mode." This seems to be a very reasonable solution, and I welcome any of your comments as well.
Continue to visit the Bike List web site for updates and details about current and upcoming rides.
See you out there!