After a delayed start due to weather, the conditions could not have been nicer. Five of us – 3 members of the old guard, including yours truly, Rob S., and Don F., and 2 new riders, Julius and Felix – left the Academy at a few minutes after 10.
We had 7 riders push off under sunny skies this week.
We had great weather for our first official Northampton Cycling Club Thursday Night Gravel Group Ride.
As is typical, the town lines punctuated our return to Northampton. As we approached the first one, I was pretty toasted already and chose to sit back and watch the shenanigans. I saw Ben J. drop back from the front, slotting into about the 6th or 7th spot and thought, “he’s going to take this one”…
It was a hot one, with temperatures at about 92 degrees at the start. There was an initial warning about the heat and the need to accommodate.
This may not be a popular decision but today’s results will not count in the standings as I don’t want to penalize those who are smarter than me. Think of it as an awesome training ride or something like that.
On Thursday, June 10th, the Northampton Cycling Club is launching a new weekly gravel ride.
Saturday’s route was a variation on a Tuesday nite classic that involves heading up to Deerfield via Whately and Haydenville, and then returning through South Deerfield and Hatfield back to Northampton.