This week at TRC May 3-9

Somebody tell Dave to back off. Okay. He pushed, er, no pulled me through our Hubbard Gulch ride on Sunday. It was almost like trying to keep up with Chris. Fortunately his hill-climbing legs aren’t quite ready yet.

Will the wind ever stop? Even the rain is better than 50 mile an hour gusts. The weekend forecasts looks warmer though I’m seeing a possible shower for Mother’s day. It’s going to have to rain pretty hard to keep me from the Sammich Ride, though.

And Friday evening is the first of Lee’s Steptoe Rides. Both this and Saturday Lead a Ride events are new series rides. We hope to attract new cyclists by holding events at different times than usual. That’s going to mean club members will need to show up to lead. Lee made it to the Saturday 8 am ride last week but no one arrived. Something about rain. Lee reports, however, that a one-time cyclist seems to be going to spinning classes wearing a TRC jersey. It would be good to see that fella show up for the Sammich ride, maybe even go on around with me. Huh, Jim.

Don’t be shy about leading a ride. The number one thing a ride leader needs to worry about is not leaving anyone behind. That means being pretty clear about what you are going to do. Most people have a pretty good idea of how strong they are and will tell you. It is okay to change a route at ride time. We have some tips on the website. I would like to have a list of riders who participated but you don’t have to have an official sign up sheet. Helmets should be mandatory, however.

Finally, you know it is summer when the  Ice Cream Rides start up.  6:30 pm Clarkston’s Baskin Robins on May 11th and throughout the summer on Tuesday evening.

Wednesday and Friday Crazy Ladies ride at 11 am. Formation is at 10:45 at the Southway Boat Launch.  Seems to be a standing offer for a Saturday ride as well.

Thursday, May 6th Time Trials at 6 pm down river road west of Red Wolf
Steady turn out for this 10 mile course. Arrive about 5:45 to be seeded. Riders are started slowest first so everyone finishes about the same time.

Friday, May 7th 6:30 pm Bauer Steptoe Canyon Ride from the old Rooster’s Parking Lot.

We hope Lee can lead most of these rides. But once again, we are looking for members to step up to lead a Friday evening ride on a flat out-and-back course. Ride as far as you feel up to. Again this is an easy, no drop ride. We’ll likely regroup at Roosters for an evening libation after the ride.

Saturday,  May 8th
, 8 am Lead-a-Club-Ride road ride from the Southway Boat Launch

We are still looking for members or even non-members to step up to lead these. I’ll be there Saturday morning this week. We’ll do something easy. If we get some new riders, I’ll spend some time with a safety check and some rules of the road. Easy, no drop, pace for 15 to 25 miles as the group wishes.

Sunday, May 9th, 10 am Sammich Ride from the Southway Boat Launch

Arrive early. 10 is ride time. Bring a check book or cash. Nicki will have menus for Subway or some sandwich place. She’ll take your order and deliver them to us at Wawawai Park.
BYOdrinks. Bring bottled gatorade or whatever you like to drink to the boat launch.. Nicki will have a cooler.

Sunday, May 9th, Extended Sammich Ride.

Dave will ride down from Moscow (at least that is the plan now), ride with us to Wawawai for lunch. He’ll go up Wawawai Canyon and back to Moscow through Pullman. He should get a little better than a century.

I’ll be making the same loop but coming back here. Glad to have someone join Dave and me for the ride into Pullman where I’ll leave Dave and head back on 95 through Uniontown. That’s an 85 mile loop. I expect to be home in the heights by 5:30. Hmm . . . guess that means I’ll be on my bike by 8 to pick up an extra fifteen miles. Its an addiction!’s Tips for riding a century.

All rides begin at the Southway boat launch unless otherwise noted. Bad weather may keep us off our bikes without notice.

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Corrie Rosetti
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