|SpiderOne Racing @ Ride for Angels|
I had a fun day with the Spiders, and rode my fastest 40k at 1:27 (25 miles at 17.2 mph avg.) while hanging on to fellow spider Serie Keezer for about 18/20 miles -- until one big hill beat me down, and another rider and I dropped back and lost Serie. Given my penchant for missing route arrows, (ha ha), I stuck with the other rider, (wearing an SPD Ride to Remember jersey, an upcoming ride honoring fallen Massachusetts police officers), to our first rest stop, where the Spiders regrouped. It was a faster start for me, and I was kind of thrilled to be able to hang on to Serie for as long as I did.
The remaining 40+ miles went pretty quickly. We stayed together as a group for a few miles (after each succcessive rest stop), and would then split up into smaller groups, reconnecting at each rest stop along the way. A few miles from the finish, everyone regrouped one final time to close out the ride and cross the finish line together. It was a really terrific team ride -- the camaraderie made the seventy miles seem easy -- and I got to ride with coach Shayne for a while, too. It was a pretty great day.