If you read this blog regularly, then you should be aware of the 6 p.m. Thursday group ride that leaves from the high school parking lot at the corner of River & Decorah. There’s a Facebook group devoted to it and you can join to keep up with news about the ride. It’s not a big crowd, but it’s a good quality crowd. And the ride itself is not a knock-down, drag-out affair on which the primary objective is to hurt everyone, but it’s good training. Riders typically cover 30-40 miles at 17-19 mph average—the speed can be much higher at times—and there’s no predetermined route. Sometimes the whole ride is flat, and sometimes the riders are challenged by a succession of hills.
Tonight’s ride was something between flat and hilly. We’ll call it “lumpy.” Here’s the route map (we traveled in a clockwise direction):
And here’s the elevation profile:
I’m sharing these details with you because I want to share the ride with you. Spread the word and join us. The ride will continue into mid-September, at which point waning daylight will force us to shut down until next spring.