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