On Sunday, September 14, twelve of us left Monocacy Middle School: Diana & Lee Rabideau, Louanne Welgoss, Vicki Crum, Ray Gable, Barry McMahon, Jen & Brian McEntire, Martha Bush, Cindy Thompson, Keith Allison and myself. When we got to the Moutaindale Convenience Store Jeannie and Ted joined us, saying they had gotten to MMS late. As we went up Masser Road, Vicki Crum noted that her cable had snapped. She was able to continue riding. When we stopped at the Mountaindale Convenience Store, she pulled out a new cable from her bike bag and impressively changed it as we all watched. After our stop, we went up Mountaindale until it hit gravel, then wound around our usual roads. It was a beautiful, pleasant ride with wonderful company.
On Sunday nine of us left Monocacy Middle School: Vicki Crum, Harry deMoll, Ray Gable, Paul Lentz, Mike Procario, Terri Baker, Kibby Powell, Brian King and myself. We enjoyed beautiful weather for our Sunday ride, which took us up Mountaindale Road until we could go no further due to gravel.
A stop at the Mountaindale Convenience Store was time for the group to give me a little lesson on how to take pictures on my new smart phone. I just got it on Saturday, and it was making me feel very dumb!
Ray, Mike, and Harry tried to coast all the way from top of the hill on Putman to the intersection with Bethel Road. None of them made it all the way on Sunday. Ray made it the furthest as usual. We had a nice time riding and talking with each other. Thanks for all who came out!
Wednesday evening 10 riders signed up for the C level ride; four dropped out before we started when they reconsidered the hills on my “Clyde Young/Cash Smith Roads”; Dublin and Cash Smith. So we ended up with six riders, Tom Doker and his wife Lisa (new to Frederick and hopefully will be joining the Club), Mike Procario, Kelly Moore, Dave Sweeney and me doing full 18.5 mile with its hills. We all got to see the beautiful view of the Frederick County farmland and mountains from Cash Smith road and the historic brick home and wall of the house Cash Smith lived in. After the ride five of us dined at Ledo’s Pizza.
Wednesday night’s C ride included Diana Rabideau, Lee Rabideau, Louanne Welgoss, Peter Currer, Harry deMoll, Mike Procario, Cindy Thompson, Dave Sweeney, Susan Thompson, Mindy Kora, Wayne Kaiser, myself and another visit from Debbie Shupe, Diana’s sister from Massachusetts. We rode for 22.6 miles, leaving Utica Park at 6:05 PM. We rode to Creagerstown, Rocky Ridge, Thurmont and back to Lewistown. We got to see horses, cows, peacocks and the emu. The weather was a wonderful surprise, since earlier the predictions were rainy. It was a fun ride. Thanks for all who came out!
In the past, the Wednesday evening Utica rides have been run at a D, C, and CC pace. But on the CC rides, some participants were impatient and raced ahead – finishing the ride at a B- or sometimes an A-pace. Toward the end of the season it was common to see average speeds well in excess of 20 mph and many of those faster riders have now become regulars in the criteriums and road races around the mid-Atlantic.
There was a dissention in the ranks – some were angry about the “pace-creep”, while others felt they were being held back and should be allowed to stretch their legs. So to accommodate everyone, on April 9th, the Frederick Pedalers added the inaugural B-paced ride to the standard Wednesday program.
Six riders joined us, and we agreed to stick to the advertised maximum of 16 mph for a B-ride – unless everyone wanted to push the pace, in which case we’d simply go at whatever speed was dictated by the group as a whole.
After 20.3 miles around the rolling terrain south and east of Thurmont at a rate of around 18 mph (actually a borderline BB or A pace) the six of us rolled into Utica – exhausted but exhilarated.
Winter is being dragged kicking and screaming out of Frederick County and on a chilly, windy April 16th the attendance at Utica was reduced to just a few hardy souls – so instead of the advertised 4 groups, we consolidated into 2. The CC-group had 8 riders, but after 4 miles 3 of us split off into what would become the B-ride. We followed a similar route to the previous week, finishing 22.5 miles at 18 mph with Brian McEntire successfully “chasing segments” and logging his successes on Strava.
Going forward, the B-paced rides will only exceed 16 mph if the whole group agrees to go faster. So if you feel comfortable riding at a an easy average of 16 mph, please join the B-group. It’s a lot of fun.