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Glory Hallelujah – Spring has sprung! Who’s complaining now? Not me. Spring has burst forth, finally. The countryside is alive with new life on every limb. Blossoms festoon the fields, and the smell of newly ploughed fields delights the nose. The earth is rich with promise and goodness.

“In this world there is room for everyone. And the good earth is rich and can provide for everyone.” CC

What better way to take it all in than riding a bicycle on back country roads. You know, you’ll just want to be there.

So, with the ride being longer than normal, I’ll keep this short.

Here’s the tentative plan for Saturday:

Meet at Stinsons at 7:30 am 7:30 am and ride a 130 kms circuit from Arnprior back to Arnprior via Pakenham, Almonte, Middleville, Hopetown, Calabogie, Burnstown, Arnprior. The initial route will take us down White Lake Rd to Young’s SR and Conc 10 and Waba Rd to Pakenham; from there, we’ll take hwy 29 to Clayton SR and the Tatlock t-junction; at Tatlock we’ll turn right for Clayton village and then left on Galbraith Rd for Middleville; from here, it’s the usual route to Hopetown and Calabogie, etc.

The plan is to keep moving, with minimal delays on the road. We’ll stop in Hopetown and Calabogie briefly. Bring gels, bars, water, electrolytes, etc. Now’s the time to see what works for you. Next week is Pembroke, so you’ll have another chance to dial it in.

NOTE the Venue and Time. Stinsons and 7:30 am, sharp departure.

This ride will be a good test of endurance, leg strength, overall fitness, and readiness for the RLCT. Think of it as an interim exam. If you get a ‘A’ or ‘B+’ you’ll have positive confirmation of your progress; if not, then, you’ll know there’s extra home work required to be 100% ready for the final exam on June 11/12. That’s right, that exam is a two-day affair, with final marks only awarded to finishers. Yes, our training regimen is all about day two and bad conditions.

Saturday’s ride will take us out of our comfort zone because it’s longer than usual. That coupled with the climbing will make for a hard day in the saddle. The good news we’ve built a base for it; and, fortunately, the conditions will be favourable; that is, except for coffee. You won’t smell coffee on this ride. The Neat is closed, and Mumford’s is a water stop only. There’s no joe until we arrive back at Stinsons. Cruel, I know.

Temperatures will be in the mid teens to start, rising to the low twenties; wind west at 10. Who wouldn’t want to ride in that?

And, what about Sunday, you ask? That will be a 100 kms+-. Route yet to be announced.

Alert: Information about our ride’s, these are ‘no-drop’ group rides. It’s steady as she goes (conversational style), except for the hills where it’s every man for himself. Regroup at the top. Honest effort required by all.

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Okay, Ride your bike! Bye bye, ac. Comments always welcome at arnpriorcycling@bell.net; https://twitter.com/ArnpriorCycling

Spring has Sprung

Spring has Sprung