Welcome…..to the machine.
In keeping with the theme of the season, 20 of us and our faithful steeds went out for a good ol’ metric century around North Portland and the ever welcoming Sauvie Island. A solid ride supported by maybe the best January weather on record greeted a mixture of Ironclad, some old and some new. We’ve lost some stalwart riders from years past, but we’ve offset that loss with some great additions. Overall we’re a leaner and meaner for 2010.
We hope it’s going to be a great year.
The great weather had everyone out today, we think we saw almost every Portland area team out and about. Makes sense. Gotta make hay when the sun shines when it’s sniffing 50 degrees and it’s DRY in Portland at this time of year. We were also celebrating rider Shaun Conley’s birthday as well, so we let him drink Coors after the ride. Can anyone tell us who said “Coors cures” so many years ago?
The nice thing about the rides when the whole team gets together is that when you’ve turned in your pull and go to the back, you get about a 25 minute free ride. Nice for the base miles. Nice to chat with your teammates, the people you’ll be pulling teeth with for the next 9 months.
So we’re off and running in earnest now and we’re happy to get the racing underway before too long, and for each other’s company. We’ll get more beatings than we dish out, it’s always that way, but we know we’ll have a few laughs along the way with this group.
Good to see so many folks out on bicycles today.