In 2017 I rolled in the dark night with the Halifax Night Rider chasing a strava segment. Here is the latest update from him.
The serenity and stillness of the night beckons the soul of The Halifax Night Rider. Even after driving 500 or more miles a day behind the wheel of a Walmart tractor trailer, Eugene Coghill feels most alive in the saddle rolling out on a night ride to new destinations. He takes full advantage of the added perk his trucking career allows by exploring new and sometimes unusual sites, such as his most recent ride to the notorious Attica State Prison in upper state New York. It was a chilly 45 degrees with a slight westerly breeze when he pedaled out over slight rolling hills with his bike headlight piercing through the dark. Upon reaching the town of Attica he asked the only awake local he could find at the 7-11, for directions to the prison. Two miles later the eerie glow of institutional lights came into view. He reflected back on the countless movies and episodes of “Locked Up” that highlighted the life of those who reside there. Upon reaching the front parking lot he took a few photos to add to his cycling adventures, before turning around and pedaling the 15 miles back to a warm truck that waited him. He smiled at the thought that it takes a 30 mile bike ride, and a visit to prison to reinforce his desire to stay on the straight narrow.
Today’s race was hosted by the Ar-en-Ciel Club of Rhode Island. They hold this race every year to raise funds for Chris Hind’s son. #Chrishinds. Tragically, fifteen years in the past, Mr. Hinds died young and left behind a young boy and a widow. Each year the club sponsors this race to collect money for a scholarship to provide for Mr. Hind’s son.
The race was on a closed course designed for challenging race. There are some hard turns to make in each lap. The course is less than mile. Thus, you will need to repeat it many times. Every turn must be made perfectly. Flat, but the wind comes off the ocean and hits you hard. The Ninigret state park is located in Rhode Island. It is the only state park to feature an area dedicated to bike racing. Several other events are held, here, during the year.
Thanks to New England Devo Team for the coffee. The parents were running a nice coffee and donuts stand at the race. Their team has become the premier juniors team in the Boston metro. See https://www.newenglanddevo.com/ for more information about their team.
We will have to move to fall/winter operating hours, soon. It has starting to be nippy in the mornings. The traffic patterns have also been changing. Starting next week the Coastal Loop will have a semi-permanent detour. The bridge in Cohasset over Atlantic avenue will be closed until June of 2018.
As I write this Coach Tony is in second place on the weekly leaderboard. Can he take the top mileage spot?
Some of us rode a century on Sunday because Tracy rode 400mi during the week. We tried to catch up. We went to the CRW century. This century is very affordable($20/person) and well run. We stayed ahead of Eric, the sweeper.
We added a few miles. We started slow to warm up. We hit a few of the hills before Mt. Wachusett. Those hills were harder than the “climb.” There was 10% grade on the main road to the visitor center. The “climb” did not start until the visitor center. Liz chose to do a repeat on the 10% section. Why not?!?
The debate over the total elevation gain continues. One bike computer obtained 6,600 feet of elevation gain over 105 mles.
Riders include Vito, Liz, Linda, Wes, Bill, and April from Team Kermit.
Vito was wearing the Triple Bypass kit, which you earn after riding over three mountains in Colorado in the same day in 2016. The 2017 event was cancelled due to wildfires.
We really have a lot of club members working hard! This is wonderful. Last week, no one could beat Coach Tony. He is holding the top spot week after week. Awesome!
Rob rode another century and he is riding those left and right!! Great job!
Aaron is on the board with lots of mileage and elevation gain. Great job!
The Time Trial is moved to 06-30-17 at 7PM due to the threat of thundershowers. Norwell ride is at 8AM on Saturday. 30 and 50 mi options.
The Menenshma bike ferry never runs when you want it.
The Black Dog Cafe is a nice spot with a beautiful railroad car.
The boat never sells out for walk-ons and bikes.
Martha’s Vineyard is not flat.
The trip went well. Almost everyone found the boat on time. Most parked at the lot on Depot Avenue in Falmouth. We biked down the Shining Sea bikeway towards Woodshole. We picked up Gregg and Allison at the Locust Street parking lot. Everyone purchased their tickets and we boarded the boat.
We rolled from Vineyard Haven to Oak Bluffs. We passed the lighthouse at West Chop and the MV Hospital. In Oak Bluffs we saw the gingerbread houses and the Flying Carousel. No time to stop for coffee!
We rolled along a secret Ocippolini route into the middle of island devoid of cars and onto the bike paths around the Manuel Cornelius state forest. I saw that South road is under construction, again. The pavement is constantly replaced and South road seems to take the brunt of the abusive New England winters. We found a nice path through the woods of the state forest and avoided all of the drama of South Road.
We waited at the Alley General store and VP Mike went for coffee. We had a nice break and we waited for a bit. We headed on ward to Gayhead light. We reached the town of Aquinnah. Some of us went straight up the rollers, which were shorter. Others went down the hill to Lobsterville and round the coastline of the peninsula. We met at the Gayhead lighthouse on the Aquinnah reservation.
Next, we rolled eastwards into the east wind!! Going downhill helped to preserve our average. Eric was flying down some of the roads. We had 3 guys pass our long line of 20 riders. They were tired when they reached the top of the hill. They promptly pulled over. One of them started to puke. Eric lead the line past them on the hill. Perhaps we will see those speedies on another trip.
We reached Middle Road, which has become one of
my favorites!! The pavement was smooth and the farm scenery is idyllic. The road looks daunting to the uninitiated. It has a bit of roll to it. We regrouped at the end of the road. We proceeded from there to the luncheon at the Black Dog Cafe.
Here is a list of videos on YouTube. You can watch this videos in HD on the bigscreen while spinning! CXTC and GCN made some spinning videos. These are useful. The links are organized by time! If you only have 25 minutes, then try the 25 minute video or the 20 minute video from GCN.
At the O’Hara spin Studios on Saturday we combined several videos to make a long routine. Check them out. Global cycling news is making new videos and is full of enthusiasm. They are also the ones that make news reports. HIIT intervals as GCN completes them is one of preferred methods of interval training. There has been recent science to show that it can be more effective.