Richmond Roundabout, Louisa, and A Little Stonewall For Good Measure

Spring hit with all its warmth and beauty this weekend, just in time for everybody to go ride their brains out. Most of us went south to Ashland, Va. to ride one of two events Saturday: the 176-mile Richmond Roundabout, a now-classic fleche training ride that circumnavigates the Virginia capital, or the “little” 107-mile Louisa Re-Membered Century that meanders northwest to Louisa and returns via Lake Anna.

MG joined the fleche trainees for the Roundabout, while I led the Louisa ride. I thought it better not to try the roundabout with so few miles in the saddle since February. Neither of us is riding a fleche this year, but MG has a soft spot for the roundabout and always enjoys it, so off she went. Their group, led by Crista and Chuck, left at 5 a.m., while mine gathered at the more civilized 8:30 a.m., under cool sunny skies and a stiff west wind.

There are lots of great photos from both rides. Where to start? Check out Richmond Roundabout sets from MG, Maile, Bill Beck, Andrea Matney, and, not to be outdone, Ray Suziedelis.

Sexy Randonneur Lifestyle! (courtesy MG)

Sexy Randonneur Lifestyle! (courtesy MG)


MG and her favorite, Mr. Friday (courtesy Bill Beck)

MG and her favorite, Mr. Friday (courtesy Bill Beck)


Michael and MG Riding Around Richmond (courtesy Maile Neel)

Michael and MG Riding Around Richmond (courtesy Maile Neel)

I took a bunch of photos from our Louisa ride. See them at my Flickr page. Stand by for captions! I also uploaded the GPS track to my MotionBased page.

Erik Ewald and his tandem partner Penelope were on the Proteus tandem he built when he worked there. See more about it at Cyclofiend.

Erik and Penelope

Erik and Penelope

Donna and Lane

Donna and Lane

MG and I got out Sunday and met Crista, Chuck, Maile and Lane on Crista’s Stonewall’s Revenge century from Remington, Va. We meandered around and caught up with them after lunch, and we ended up with 60 miles. I finished with dead legs but no knee pain, though I took no chances and used ibuprofen before the ride and once during. See Stonewall photos from me and Maile.

MG made some new friends in Richardsville.

MG made some new friends in Richardsville.


Ready for Dinner! (courtesy Maile Neel)

Ready for Dinner! (courtesy Maile Neel)


Lane and Maile had strong second-day legs

Lane and Maile had strong second-day legs

It was a fun weekend all around and left us ready for more good times riding the ACP brevets with all our friends new and old. MG and I next tackle the heavenly Warrenton 200K on April 18. Wish us luck!

Here is the Louisa route:

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