August 03: 76 Kms; 2 Hrs 35; 481 Metres; 2558 Calories. Jeff, Mark, Perry, Raymond, Rob, Kevin, Mike G.

Okay, that was a windy but satisfying ride this morning. We rode one of our favourite circuits in reverse order into a heavy wind. It’s always a surprise to find that the reverse direction is more difficult, in part because of the steady climb from Castelford to Hwy 17. But, it was made easier by all the front work done by Jeff and Mark. We tapped out a steady pace and didn’t lose too much average speed here or earlier thanks to Rob and Perry who pulled us to Valley Carver and Rob and Mark on Garden of Eden to Pinnacle Rd. And not forgetting Raymond who was in the mix several times, too. Speaking of which, Raymond made short work of the Burnstown Hills, taking full advantage of the tailwind and taking a leaf from Keith’s book he shot to the front and held it the Neat cafe, with nary a look behind. Fit lad that Irishman! Still, for all the racing over this hilly 10 kms, there were only a few minutes separating first to last. And, once rested and refueled at the Neat, we left for White Lake at a good clip, with the tempo now  inching ever higher. But, this was only the beginning of a mad dash for home. The final act began when we made the turn at White Lake for Arnprior, with Perry breaking off the front and the rest of us in pursuit. It wasn’t a perfect tailwind but it was very nice. And, we took full advantage of our momentum to ride the rollers down the ‘mountain’. You just should have been there. And, you can on Sunday when we ride again. Here’s the plan:

Stinsons 7.30 am 7.30 am; Route (base upon a NW wind) White Lake Rd to WL to McLachlan Rd to Creek Side to Stewartville to Goshen Rd to Gillan to Hall Ave to Tim’s on Bruce St; coffee here after 42 kms; Home via Bruce St and Castleford or Garden of Eden and Storyland; Distance 80-90 Kms, depending upon what choice of route we make at Tim’s. Temperature will be in the mid teens, with 15-20 km winds. Still, you don’t want to miss this ride. New riders welcome.

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