Thursday, March 26, 2009

Lyons-Berthoud Populaire - Ride Report

A popular populaire! About 50 people showed up for this inaugural ride - including 20 newcomers. Welcome all - returning riders and new.

This was the first ride this season for the RMCC brevet series. It was great to see so many riders coming out to enjoy the wonderful weather and to get their brevet legs back. The ride starts at the East Boulder Rec Center and travels to Lyons and then over to Berthoud via back roads.

Here is a profile I created with my GPS. Looks hillier than it actually was!

Anyone care to guess where the low point is?

It was a lovely day and the group eagerly got off to a mass start. Note that there is not a wisp of cloud in the sky.

The main group quickly got strung out into many and since there was a little wind (
isn't there always wind in Colorado?) some of us organized a pace line. Sometimes the wind was in our favor and other times not. The pace line also allowed us to catch up with old friends and make new ones.

John and Michelle lead the way for our group. You can read more about this ride on Michelle's blog.

Michelle and I goof around at the control.

Jane is enjoying her first populaire.
Thanks to everyone for a great time on the first ride of the RMCC brevet season. The list of finishers will be posted on the RMCC site. Remember to mark your calender: the next populaire is April 5. For more information, visit the RMCC website.

Note: you can order one of these populaire pins from John Ellis to commemorate your ride. Please send him an email if you would like one.

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