200k Calendared Bike Ride
Today was the day for the ePA Rando’s monthly rando ride. It was to start in downtown Delaware Water Gap in Pennsylvania just across the Delaware River from NJ. Start time was 7:30 AM, which is kind of late for these rides. So the entire ride was to be done in daylight. No lights required on the bike. I wasn’t particularly feeling ready for the ride since I haven’t felt up to doing any bike rides all week after doing my 600k ride in Massachusetts last week. But I’m committed to completeing the ePA R12 Challenge (one of these rides put on by ePA each month of the year), and this one has to get done in order for me to meet the challenge.
I started off riding with the lead group for the first 15 minutes of the ride. No way was I going to keep up for more than that. Soon I was caught by Rudi, Rudi, and Greg. Two of these guys had been my teammates in the ePA fleche run earlier in the year. They dropped me before the second controle, but we met up again at controle 2. I left the controle before they did, but they caught me just before controle 3. I seem to ride better alone since I can monitor my pace to my ability better that way. No speeding up to stay with others, or backing off to stay with them.
I departed the third controle before my buddies again, and arrived at the fourth controle before them. They arrived at controle 4 before I departed. Also present at controle 4 with me was the other Rudi, Andrew M, and Sean B. The other Rudi and I left before the others, and I soon fell off Rudi’s pace. Andrew M caught me soon thereafter, and then Sean B. They both passed by me easily. I was in “let’s just finish” mode. My two fleche teammates then caught me and we rode together a bit before they passed me by. We were all together at controle 5, the last controle before the finish. I stayed put for a bit to try and regroup/rest. Just as I was departing out the parking lot Althea pulled in.
I walked the big hill on Old Mine Road, but otherwise I just plodded along to the finish. I stopped just before crossing the river back to PA to help Greg with a flat tire that had sidelined him. When I saw he’d be able to make it back I left him. He arrived at the finish a minute behind me. CLICK HERE to see the preliminary results for the ride. Click on the image below to see the route at RWGPS.