Ward-o-data-with bottom graph just looking at the three significant climbs if the day. Mild grade/ tailwind Gilroy Hot Springs was fun, long Henry Coe was hard but with many recovery sections was also fun. Hicks Road was painful.
Here we pulled a half dozen riders from Woodside, and unlike many folks who cling onto pacelines they were more than willing to share the work. So now 9 strong we steamed North into a slight headwind. We wouldn’t coordinate rest stop departures with them, we were probably stronger on the hills and they on the flats, but we always seemed to be riding together and working well for much of the day.
Unlike earlier seat incident, Ward was unafraid to touch tri woman's seat on the climb, and finishes climb with her. And Ward didn't yell at her about the tri bars. As Dr. Dave says--"at least Cristine wasn't there to yell out 'Ward, you get her phone number.'" (PC)
We’re back in surburbia—long stretches of flats which eventually go into long rollers, punctuated by traffic lights. I’m feeling good and though Ward is half dead he’s riding like Wilfred Peeters (watch 2001 Paris Roubaix) and powering over climbs and leading pacelines. Then I get my dander up as we get a prime example of what Bike Snob calls “shoaling”—where slower riders arriving at a red light, will push in front of the cyclists already there and set up in front of you even if this means going into the intersection/ crosswalk.
Light turns green and I jump to the front revving up the pace—when the road flattens out Ward suggests we let some of the shoalers come to the front and do some work, which they do until the next hill and we take off. All of a sudden we’re back at Gavilen College, @ 9 1./2 hours after we started (8 hours of riding time.) Really looking forward to usually good catered end-o-ride meal. As trying to keep weight down will pass on the ice cream/ dessert. Walk to college lunchroom and they are serving SEAFOOD JAMBALAYA—with a vegetarian version for people who love fish like I do. Oh crap. No one in our group is real excited, and no dessert around, someone said all finished by the riders who did the shorter courses. Other folks sitting outside (beautiful outside now) also grumbling about the food.