On Saturday, January 25th a large group of riders set out on a 100-kilometer training ride to begin building up to our “200k and longer” series of rides that start later in the spring.
We rolled from the shop and made our way down to the Shiplock Park trailhead of the Capital Trail. From there the route meandered East on and off the bike trail, through Richmond National Battlefield Park, and eventually to some of the roads east of Roxbury.
For those unfamiliar with some of the backroads north of the Capital Trail between Roxbury and Charles City, I can assure you that you are missing out.
The weather was great for late January, a high of 57, and everyone seemed to be having a good time.
There was one small snafu with the route (I swear the map said that was a road) but after a tiny bit of bushwhacking everything was back on track.
For rides like these, it’s always good to be prepared for a bit of adversity, so maybe this unintended challenge wasn’t a bad thing at all.
The next ride is going to be a bit longer and a bit hillier.
So preparation will be more important. Making sure to consume enough food and water really starts to become important as ride distances creep towards 100 miles. As you typically end up a bit further from home, equipment and preparation for minor mechanical issues become even more key.
The next ride is February 29nd but on February 15th we are hosting a clinic on preparation for the next ride in the series and longer ones). The clinic will be followed by a 20-mile group ride as well.
Come join us. (click those links bellow)