Welcome back - Wednesday night we welcomed back an old soul who hadn't been seen in 8-9 months. If he was rusty from the layoff, it was not readily apparent. We thought about turning him on to the Lakeside trail but decided to save that for another day, better to witness the carnage in daylight. Anyway we're hoping to see more of him on upcoming rides. Also a little bird told me that another rider is completing knee rehab in the next week or so and is looking forward to getting a bike between his legs soon.
MC race course - the problematic left hand turn in the baby head field has been effectively neutered. Someone found Jim's line behind the big tree and blazed the new trail a mile wide. Personally I think they went a little overboard but it is no longer a white-knuckle turn and you can enter the ensuing climb with some momentum which is nice. Someone also removed a log-hop from the Entrail climb - another loss in my opinion but it appears some little biking-elves are committed "cleaning up" the course for November.
Brotherly love - Rumor has it that Steve McLaughlin and his brother-in-law Chris Dougherty are engaged in a pissing match to see who can turn in the best time at the Nov 9 race. McLaughlin muttering something about his "(very much) older brother in-law" and I think Chris retorting something about Steve's nice new bike "gathering moss" in the shed. A good start on some trash talk that should lead to some stellar performance(s) on game day... Keep up the good work guys!
Happy hour today - Lots of interest in a happy hour ride today, which should be spectacular now that real fall weather has finally arrived. If you are interested please chime in with your time preferences/constraints. We'll do the math and find the time that works best.
Sunday ride - will be a roadie to some unexplored territory up near Spring City. We don't know much about these trails except that horses ride them (so they should be fertile) but we figured what the heck... Again, chime in if interested. We'll be shooting for an early departure on Sunday.
That's all for now
"Just one more hill..."