The Sleeping Giant Ride

A running account of the "race without an entry fee"..... The Tuesday night ride

Tuesday the 7th

Gettin Rowdy on a Tuesday

The ride came flying out of the blocks with a distinctly different tone tonight. The Cheshire Cycle crew kept guys flying off the front all night, and it definitely was wearing on the more curmudgeonly dudes in the pack.

First off the front was Hunter P again. He stayed clear from the turn off Route 10 all the way to the first riser on Mountain Road. Then Burgster went clear along with Ryan O. Those 2 kept a gap going all the way down Mountain Rd. Hunter P took one last flyer before the light, but it was red.

On Moss Farms, Burgster was back at it. This time, Chris C, Cassie, and Billy Thomspon also jumped on. That group of four held a gap all the way in thru the chicane and onto Marion. The Sernyak was vital in the effort to drag them back into the fold. Little T tried to sneak across the gap before it was all sewn back up but it was to no avail. Most everyone felt the dynamic pace of the night and guys were all over the road.

Once over 322 the pace calmed down a little but soon after, Burgster, Ryan O, and Sernyak were at it again. Hunter P had another attack. Dillon P and Ravenberg also got involved with attacks off the front. Heading onto Welch, Dillon P, Burgster, Billy Thompson and a couple of others nursed a small gap. Chris C charged across it, taking along Hunter P, and then Hacker followed suit. At the base of the hill toward the corner, Little T got a substantial jump and ripped thru the intersection first. He next rode a super intense 60 seconds to hold off a charging Ryan O and Burgster to get the sprint points.

Ryan O kept on it and got thru one of the next lights. Behind, Hunter P squeezed thru the light as well, much to the disapproval of the guys behind. Sernyak was next in line and chose to stop. From there, Hunter P and Ryan O stayed on the gas, got another light in their favor before getting back into Cheshire and took it all the way back home for the breakaway points.

The race jury would go on to penalize Hunter P 5 points for blowing thru the red light.

Next week, it's put out or shut up week at the SG ride!

Tuesday the 30th


Little T wrangles maximum points tonight, taking the mid-point and the Stop n Shop Sprint. Both times he beat Ben Bruce. For the sit n sprint, The Sernyak gets the points up for grabs there.

Little T - 10 points
Ben Bruse - 6 points
The Sernyak - 3 points

Tuesday the 24th

The Return of the Long Loop! 

Oh thank goodness, the long loop is back. And there was a good sized field out to enjoy it! The pace was crisp right from the start. The Sernyak, Chris C, Kyle "Headbutt" Crowell, and Jeff Scala were up there pushing the pace. Jordan Lynn was back on the ride, and he tore off a substantial gap early on that Alan Had to chase down. It was game on!
     As the ride barreled down Mountain Rd, Aidan C was up at the front quite a bit, pushing the pace. A new guy in a Ronde Rosey kit (name?) as well. Big Red had a couple of solid pulls and was floating back and forth on the front, making everyone nervous. Hunter P had a solid dig off the front with a few hundred meters before the light, but the timing was no beuno.
    Onto Moss Farms, where Alan B, Chris C, and the new guy drilled it impressively early on. It took some robust chasing from Aidan C, Sernyak and a couple of others to bring it back. It def softened the legs up quite a bit all thru the pack. After the chicane, Chris C and Sernyak were drilling it on the front again, but there were plenty of bodies to keep it all together. Getting close to the light on 322, Hunter P once again attacked off the front, but the light was red.
    The first trip down Mount Vernon was steady, but not crazy fast. All the aforementioned riders at one point or another were up to the front chipping in with the pace. Dave H made an appearance or 2 as well. Notably, he was moving up as the turn onto Welch Rd came up, but it was Aidan C and Kyle C who ended up rolling off the front. Hunter P bridged and then attacked but was caught by the corner of West St by Ben Bruce and Little T, the rest of the strong guys right there in tow. Ben Bruce stepped on the gas a bit, while Little T eased up to set up for the sprint. Into a strong headwind, Ben rolled the gap out enough to make it tough for the sprinters to catch him. Little T tried but came up short. Everyone rolled back down into Cheshire together.
     Heading down Peck Ln, the Crowells were up front a lot. Henk and one other CVC rider as well (name?) Going over the old rail tracks on Sandbank Rd, Hunter P attacked and got a decent gap right away. The Sernyak and Alan B gave chase and caught him shortly after the corner for route 10. That was enough to get the rest of the field into chase mode for reals. The lead trio held the gap past the hill, but it all came back together shortly after. That led to Aidan rolling off the front with Kyle C joining him soon after. Those 2 had a good gap heading into the sprint hill. Kyle dropped back just as Ben Bruce was winding up a lead-out from the pack behind. Hunter P sat on his wheel and was able to get an early jump on other sprinters, passing Aidan C midway up the hill.
     From there, the ride back into Hamden was standard stuff.

Tuesday the 17th

Rained out! 
Here are current point totals:

Tuesday the 10th

Sprint points went to Full Nalini and Hunter P
Great ride everyone! 

Tuesday the 3rd

Sprint points went to Hunter P and Alan B

Tuesday the 27th

Slowly getting up to speed... Week 2

     Larger crowds were out tonight but it was still a bit lower than usual. Good to see regulars like Nuemotion, Joe K, M Frisk, The Full Nalini and Ben Bruce out for the first time. The ride got going under more controlled circumstance this week, but as soon as everyone turned off route 10, Hunter P took off and made it farther than his usual 30 seconds. He got all the way to mid-way through Mountain Rd before being caught. Aidan C, Chris C, Big Red, and BurggieBaby were the ones doing the most work up front.
     From there the ride stayed together thru Moss Farms and into the industrial Park. Dave Hoyle got involved up front, as well as Mike McG, Joe K, Ben Bruce a couple of others. Hunter P jumped off the front again before the turn for West Johnson, but no one went with and he slowly rolled back as Aidan C ramped it up behind him. Aidan chose not to keep the attack going full gas to the sprint, and that gave Nuemotion, Chris C, The Sernyak, Burgster and maybe one or 2 others the chance to slide up and get into position. Bugster once again jumped off te front soon after turning onto Reinhard, but this time, his had less time to build up a gap. Mike McG was a little ways back and gave Little T a great lead-out to the sprint, and Little T had little trouble jumping around and into the front to get to the corner first.
     On the backside, A Burg, Hunter P, and Aidan C were off the front going down hill, but traffic in the corner for Peck Ln slowed the whole bunch down and forced the re-grouping.
     From there, it was quick back to Route 10, Aidan C and Hunter P primarily responsible for driving the pace. A small group of 4 rolled thru the corner first and was holding a slim gap going up the hill by Cheshire Park, but it was all back together after the hill, as Ben Bruce, The Full Nalini, Dave Hoyle a couple of others kept the pace high enough in the chase to keep the gap manageable.
     Heading into the Stop n Sprint, Billy Thompson jumped off the front with about 400 meters to go. He built up a gap but was starting to fade as Hunter P jumped hard from the front of the group. No one challenged that, and Hunter P was able to cruise to the sprint points there. A traffic light slowed the pack down immediately after that, and then a little ways down into Cheshire, another light held up the peleton. That was all Hunter P needed to get away for good, and he rolled back into Hamden alone, ending the ride with about 35 seconds on the chase.