The SG Ride.... It won't be cancelled for "weather"
Small(ish) crowds out for the ride tonight. The cold may have kept
folks away. 19 or 20 riders rolled out of the parking lot. A couple
of guys charged right down route 10 but after turning off route 10,
it was all together. Dillon P took off first, with Chris C and Rob
Dux soon to join. Everyone else was quick to respond and the pace got
going. The ride stayed together for a hot minute or 2, then Chris C
jumped off the front. Hunter P went along as well and those 2 maglev
railed the 750 meters or so. Mike McG jumped across the gap later on
but a slow corner on North Brooksvale brought everyone back together
for the most part. Gibertoni hit the front and kept the pressure on,
as well as Chris C. Behind the damage was being done as riders were
not too quick to cover gaps. One more fast surge up front from
Gibertoni as the ride came up on Mountain rd, was enough to split the
group for good.
Once on Mountain rd, Joe K rolled off the front
as the next 7 or 8 guys trickled thru the corner. Hunter P jumped up
to bridge the gap to the flying Joe K and those 2 had a gap that they
would hold all the way to the light on route 68/70. A chase group of
7 or so formed quickly behind them and Chris C, The Full Nalini,
Rusty and Mike McG rolled hard enough to bring the gap down to 50
meters or so by the light.
Once the group was all back together, the pace
calmed down. Behind, what was left of the peleton made it thru the
light and has a visual on the lead group, but was not going to make
any progress on catching it.
On the way to the industrial park, the
lead group picked up Jordan L. Gibertoni took a flyer along with
Burgiebaby, but it ended up being Chris C who led all up the riser to
Marion. From there the pace stayed high and there was nary a law
enforcement agent in sight. Once onto West Johnson, Jordan L took a
bit of a flyer, but Chris C and Joe K kept the group in check. Chris
C would actually do most of the work up to Reinhard. Joe K was there,
The Full Nalini as well. Gibertoni would jump first and right on his
tail was Mike McG. Mike pulled up as his leg was giving him problems.
Hunter P covered the gap and chased down Gibertoni in time for the
corner. Everyone came back together on the backside.
On Peck Ln, riders from the peleton group who
shortcut-ted were being caught by the lead group here and there. No
one seemed to mind though as the same strong guys who pushed the
break did most of the work up front for the return trip. For the run
in to Stop n Shop, Rob Dux slipped off the front a couple of lights
before the sprint hill. He gave it everything but without a sprint
kick, the group behind slowly brought him back. Chris C was the only
one to jump out and he caught Rob with a few bike lengths to spare.
Heading thru the lights of Cheshire, Burgiebaby
slipped away off the front and caught one or 2 more lights. He would
be wrangled back by a recharged group halfway back into Hamden. For
the finale, Mike McG put in a solid leadout, leaving Gibertoni and
the Full Nalini to duke it out. Full Nalini gets this one by slipping
around just at the end.
It will be warmer next week...