June 20, 2013
June 17, 2013
We plan to ride Wednesday and Friday right after school during this exam week (school ends at 11). Wednesday's ride will be very short (10 miles), to get kids back to the books. However, it involves a steep climb, so it will be a challenging, short ride. The boys will ride on their own, carry cell phones and follow this specific route, no exceptions (they are very familiar with these roads). They should be prepping for the ride immediately after exams and be on the road by 11:30. This will put them back at LHS at 12:30, at which time they will need to get picked up or ride home, as I will still be working. This ride should be really fun and challenging; fun because they can ride "alone" and challenging not for the distance, but for the Gallup and Wendell Comrie combined hills. This is the route...
June 15, 2013
Yesterday, we decided to recon the Pequot Cyclists' time trial route in preparation for summer. We rode down to the Pequot Golf Club and began the 10 km loop. It was a tough, painful learning experience, but worth the effort to become more familiar with the course. Below is the route we took, just shy of 27 miles.
June 13, 2013
The weather looks bad for tonight and the morning, but could clear by afternoon, so come prepared to ride. We'll do about the same milage as yesterday. We'll head down to Stonington to do part of the time trial course so that we can become more familiar with the more complicated sections. Here is our potential route. If necessary, we'll post a cancelation notice by noon tomorrow.
June 12, 2013
We had a great 24 mile ride today, which included the infamous Pequot Trail hill in Old Mystic (upping our elevation gain by 50% from previous rides). We rode at a higher than normal pace, too. Other than the added hill, our big accomplishment of the day was learning to ride together as a team. We focused on drafting, pulling, etiquette, pacing, safety, etc. We started with training in the parking lot and then road tested our skills all the way down Shewville. It was a very windy day, so we purposely went down to Stonington to really test our technique in the open, coastal conditions. We met a former racer who coached the kids as we made our way back to LHS. Great learning experience and team work!