More cool weather and nice riding conditions! I can’t keep up with everyone’s races and accomplishments – I know, hard to believe! If I miss you, you should be talking to me more!! Anyway, our new friend from Rainstorm, Heidi Marshall (I call her Heidi Ho and that seems to be going over ok for now. lol), won her age group in the Ohio State Time Trial on Sunday. Our little Kelsey pulled out a 1st place age group place and was only 10 minutes off third overall in the Route 66 Half Iron Man on Saturday in Illinois! She said it was a tough day somewhat with white caps on the swim and some wind on the bike.
We had well attended training rides last week. Tuesday was a good group for hill night. Roy and I rode the tandem. Sorry about the constant bickering. It takes about 10 hours ride time on the tandem before he can beat me down and make me give up hope on having any say or opinion about anything. lol. I’m so glad I write the newsletter! hahahaha! Thursday we had a BIG group – probably our biggest group all summer. We did the North route. Some of us turned off early but I hear the front group was working pretty hard! Friday – Stephen Strayer from Carmel and two of his friends, Brian and John, came down to ride (and deliver a trailer we are borrowing for The Goat Ride – thanks so much!). Their attendance to the ride livened things up and set a new Strava average for the course from the top runners – 25.7 mph! Later as I was emailing with Stephen he said next time he thought the group should go for a 27 mph average….I told Roy…..Response: “WHAT THE HELL HAPPENED TO 26???”. Lol. I’m not sure at what age Roy and I started to try and figure out how to do LESS rather than MORE??? You’ll all be there someday, you KIDS!
Julie and I started marking routes for The Goat Ride last Wednesday in Brown County! I’m pretty sure I’m going to be taking APPLICATIONS for a new route marking partner SOON! I mean – SERIOUSLY – how can she mess up that many times? Then she desperately tries to tell me she does it on purpose cause she thinks it makes it more fun? I’m going to see how she does this week but her job is on the line, I’m telling you. I mean when you have to buy as much black paint as you do yellow paint there is a PROBLEM!
The Sled is in the hospital. He developed some blood clots in his legs that traveled up and settled in both lungs. He’s ok – on a blood thinner and when his blood gets thinned down enough (hopefully today or tomorrow?) he will go home and hopefully the clots will work themselves out in the next 6 months. He will be able to work, etc. but I’m sure no strenuous exercise…..Roy and I went to see him Saturday night. He seems fine but a little cranky. lol. He was saying bad words. Phil knows a nurse at the hospital who is very attractive and persuaded her to go into the The Sled hospital room last Friday and say a sponge bath had been ordered! This nearly worsened his condition I hear!! haha!
JERSEYS: Shelbyvelo jerseys have been ordered and should arrive in 4-6 weeks. We did have to order a few extras to make the minimum so I will have a few available after they arrive if you have interest.
THE GOAT RIDE: Saturday, August 9th, Brown County State Park, Nashville, Indiana. Our own GOAT RIDE!! The Greatest of All Time! We offer 4 routes – 12, 25, 34 and 45 miles. Riders can do one, two, three or all four routes! Those who complete all four routes (116 miles) get their names on next year’s t-shirt! This ride is in it’s 5th year and has really grown. Lots of fun!
We have a soft serve ice cream machine rented! That’s going to be fun! Also, we are hiding 10 8 x 10 Goats out on the course for riders to pick up along the course to bring in for prizes! We are doing a mass start at 6:30 a.m. this year for riders who want to try and complete all 4 routes and wish to start together. Also – a 25 mile Friday night ride and packet up pick up the night before! More info and registration at: http://www.energy2action.com
Check out this year’s Goat Jersey! SO COOL! http://www.energy2action.com/GoatJersey.jpg
TREE CITY ROLLING TOUR: Saturday, August 23rd. 13, 30 and 62 mile routes. This is a nice event in Greensburg, Indiana, that benefits the YMCA. http://www.treecityrollingtour.com
LION PRIDE RIDE: Saturday, August 30th. Franklin, Indiana. 10, 30 and 62 mile courses. Benefits the Lions Club. http://www.lionprideride.com
GRAN FONDO IN CARMEL ON SEPTEMBER 14TH: This is a neat event in Carmel on September 14th! http://www.rollfastfondo.com. They are offering 25,60 and 100 mile routes. These rides are chip timed so – although they don’t seem to be strongly selling the race aspect of the event – it would be a good test of your progress over the summer!! It looks like last year was their first year for the event. They offer SAG stops and a meal after the ride. This would be a fun day to get a group together to do one of the routes! Roy and I are registered along with a few others from Shelbyville and our friend, Heidi, from Ohio.
HOPE RIDE: Saturday, September 20th – Shelbyvelo will once again be forming a team and Marsha is the captain! When you register for the ride if you list “Shelbyvelo” as your team we can win $$ for our local Salvation Army! http://www.hoperide.org
WEEKLY RIDE SCHEDULE:
- 5:30 P.M. Coulston Elementary School – 26 MILES – UNMARKED
- 1:00 P.M. Circle in Shelbyville – unmarked – route t/b/a
- 5:00 P.M. Shelbyville High School (North Parking Lot) 34 Mile Hill route – marked
- 10:30 A.M. Circle in Shelbyville – unmarked – route t/b/a
- 5:30 P.M. Shelbyville High School (North Parking Lot) unmarked – route t/b/a
- 5:30 P.M. Shelbyville High School (North Parking Lot) – Marked – 20 Miles flat and fast
Weekend rides are announced as they come up – sometimes we have maps – most times not. So if you plan to join in on a weekend ride and have not been to one of our rides you should email me for details regarding pace and route. Lots of folks start out with our group and then turn back early or do their own thing. If you are interested in a weekend ride you may want to let me know or check in with me via text or email unless you are normally in contact with me. We would recommend you get used to the group by attending the Tuesday and/or Friday night rides before attempting one of the longer weekend trips.
We keep attendance at the Tuesday, Thursday and Friday Night rides – winners receive prizes in October! I’ll send the weekly newsletter out on Mondays via email but you can also get the cycling news and attendance standings on the weekly rides on our website anytime: http://www.energy2action.com
OTHER STUFF TO DO:
Check http://www.cibaride.org for weekend rides and other Indiana Cycling news!
There is a good website – http://www.brinin.org that lists rides all over the mid-west by month.