Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Winter Group Ride #4 Might Actually Happen!!!



Weather looks pretty darn good for January!!!! The route is pretty basic but it should allow us to pick up some friends from the North and drop them off easily! Plan will be to stop at the corner of Chippewa Creek Dr and Riverview for a few minutes to meet up with any additional riders. Hope to see everyone out there!!

https://www.strava.com/routes/7417481



Same-ish recap as previous week…..but it can’t hurt to rerecap!!!

4-ish hours, 70-ish miles, hopefully no freezing rain

Leaves at 10am from Botzum Trail Head (meeting in Brecksville @ 11)

This is a “no-drop” ride but shit happens.

Know the route, bring a buddy, or have a cell phone

Pending traffic there will final sprint, awards (sort of )

In case of "cancellation" check out the Zwift Bailout Page  (NOT GOING TO HAPPEN)





Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Winter Group Ride #4 Rescheduled!!!



While I certainly will be the first to admit that Saturday’s icy weather forecast is not the worst we have or will see this winter, but due to other exacerbating circumstances I am cancelling Saturday’s “Group Ride #4”. Cancelling might be a strong word, perhaps moving is more appropriate? Pending another deep freeze or snowpocalyse lets tentatively plan on making up #4 on Saturday (1/28/2017). That will put #4 and #5 back to back! Hope to see some of you out on one or both of these!

Side note: Sunday's weather looks half way decent. While I am not organizing a "group" ride hit me on on Twitter, FB, etc if you want to get some miles in. 

Friday, December 30, 2016

Winter Group Ride #3 Route

Weather looks to be holding but the 19-ish MPH wind will make things a bit chilly. Tentative route for tomorrow is below. Will make the final final call Saturday AM at 8. 

https://www.strava.com/routes/7285750


Same-ish recap as previous weeks…..but it can’t hurt to rerecap

3-ish hours, 50-ish miles
Leaves at 10am from Botzum Trail Head
This is a “no-drop” ride but shit happens. 
Know the route, bring a buddy, or have a cell phone
Pending traffic there will final sprint
In case of "cancellation" check out the Zwift Bailout Page 

Hope to see you all out there, and stay warm…..

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Winter Group Ride #3


Alright everybody sorry for not posting something this Tuesday.....life has been crazy the last couple of days with the holidays, travel, a quick trip to NYC etc but I wanted to let everyone know that the ride on Saturday 12/31 is a go. At the moment it looks like things should stay dry in the AM and pending any massive accumulation Friday night we should be able to get in a chilly 3-4 hour ride. 

I am working on the tentative route and will post something tomorrow AM once I am back in WiFi land. Till then keep it rubber side down. 

Monday, December 19, 2016

Winter Group Ride #2 Recap


Let’s be honest…..the weather was crap on Saturday. Freezing rain in the AM followed by rain, black ice etc….who wants to ride in that? When I concocted this hair-brained idea back in the fall the point was to force myself to get out and ride in some weather that wasn’t the best. Saturday certainly gave me that opportunity, and while there were times I questioned my logic, outside rarely proved to be the wrong call. Two unfortunate soles where all I could draw out, but we managed to sneak in about 3 hours before cold feed and common sense prevailed.

As you can see we didn't "adhere" to the exact route laid out on Tuesday/Thursday but with such a small group we figured 40-ish miles was plenty. 

https://www.strava.com/activities/804695398

Our next ride is scheduled for 12/31/2016 and represents a chance to finish up a Festive 500 attempt, or sneak in a few more miles before we call it for 2016. Hope to see you all out there!

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Winter Group Ride #2 Update!!


I hate to do this but the 1-3” of snow expected to fall in Brecksville today coupled with the 5-8” expected (they changed it again....so who knows) to fall on Friday have convinced me that a ride in the south will probably be the better option. Additionally the 40’s and rain, while “manageable”, could make for a miserable 70-mile ride. So, let’s ride south and let’s shorten things up a bit.

Below is the new route. It offers a number of turnarounds or bailouts. As always keep an eye on Twitter especially on Friday/Saturday AM in case we have to call the whole thing off.


Lastly, make sure to share this and let your friends know so they can plan according. Having a group waiting for us in Brecksville would be less than ideal……see you all out there!!





Monday, December 12, 2016

Winter Group Ride #2


Week #2…..or rather ride #2 will be held on 12/17 (rob). Weather is looking warmer, but there is some precipitation in the forecast. Keep an eye on Twitter, but hopefully we can pull this one off. If weather is less than manageable we may have to shorten this or move the ride to Zwift. The route I outlined a few weeks ago has us heading north to pickup some of our NNEOH friends. It is pretty basic route but if we get to the turn around point and people want to head south through Portage County, I will not object. (put alt route suggestions in the comments). Additionally, if the weather is looking decidedly worse in the North I will post an alternate Southern route on Friday. 


Same-ish recap as last week…..but it can’t hurt to rerecap

4-ish hours, 70-ish miles, hopefully no freezing rain

Leaves at 10am from Botzum Trail Head (meeting in Brecksville @ 11)

This is a “no-drop” ride but shit happens.

Know the route, bring a buddy, or have a cell phone

Pending traffic there will final sprint, awards (sort of )

In case of "cancellation" check out the Zwift Bailout Page 


Hope to see you all out there, and stay warm…..especially on Thursday!