I road the Tour de Cure metric century today. I was regretting that decision after about four hours of pedaling.
The weather was perfect. My old bike was running just as nice as the temperature. I met a lot of great cyclist. Some even gave me some unwanted cycling advise. I was able locate and hang with cycling legend Alexander on his fixed gear bike for 30 miles. During the final 10 miles I only wanted to get back to Reston and drink a cold smoothy. When we were going about 22mph at mile 40 I knew I was pushing it. My body shape prevents me from going much faster than that. I averaged 14mph for the day. If that seems low, it is faster than I average when I ride for 20 miles. I rolled into Reston Hot and spent, but I got my smoothy and that made life good.
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Monday, June 1, 2009
My Nephew Kai, recently entered his first bicycle race. At 3 years old, he felt compelled to challenge his friends in the 4-6 age group. After receiving a Like-A-Bike for his 3rd birthday he had little interest in riding until he met Christian Vande Velde. Christian inspired the style Kai was sporting at this years Air Force Bicycle Classic starting line. With the only laminated birch frame in the field, Kai pushed his 7.7 pound velocipede mid pack. No one remembers how he finished that day, only the comment made by former U.S. Postal Pro rider Frankie Andreu "look at that kid!" as Kai crossed the finish line.