We had 3 new riders this morning; Karen, Buzzy and Jack. We had more than a dozen riders with two groups riding. It was a cool at the start of the ride, but warmed up quickly. We had coffee at the Coffee Corner. After the ride we were able to get a couple people up and running on Strava.
I would like to thank the mello riders for waiting patiently as we gave aid to an unaffiliated rider who had taken a fall in the box. As you can see in the pictures, his pedal broke off along with his mirror. He was okay and called for assistance from a friend who was on her way when we left.
The club offers several streams of different pacings and distances. This enables people to progress from beginner level to intermediate level rapidly. We help develop you and progress your fitness. So, now you can go on a tour!
The other week, Judy and Maria, went on a 400 mile bike tour. Tracy rode from Montreal to Boston. Ian is riding to Canada, next week. We help you develop towards your goals. Part of it is showing how to form those goals and measure progress.
Every Sunday we do the “flatter” area. The coastal route on Saturdays has more elevation gain. It is nice to have a change of pace.
Every Sunday the A group and the B group ride different routes that are created by the ride organizers. It is nice to do something different. These also enable to adjust the intensity of the rides and customize the rides to suit the level of the riders. It also keeps everything fresh.
I generally try to find flow. Right turns are always better. Intersections that take less time. 30 seconds versus a 5 minute wait? No brainer! I also seek those low-traffic roads and the butter-smooth pavement.
Usually the A group does at least 50 miles on Sunday. We often reach pacing of 22mph on large segments of the ride. We can come back with an average of 19.6 or 20.5. The B group averages 18-19mph.
Chasing those Strava Segments also helps your training. Together, it is like we work intervals.
The views today were magnificent. Judy killed the bumps (as Melissa calls them), especially on the cliffs as she blew by all of us. To avoid the reconstruction of Rockland Street, we took the Whitney Spur Rail Trail back to Wompatuck State Park.
Welcome to first time Wompy Tuesday riders John and Dan. Hope to see you again next Tuesday.
Also riding were, Dana, Melissa, Mike, Judy, Darlene and myself.
We will have a Wompatuck 24 on Tuesdays at 9AM. This will be every Tuesday throughout the summer. Paul and Judy are the ride leaders. Meet inside Wompatuck State Park. Park across the street from the official visitor’s center.
Paul and Judy will be leading the Wompatuck 24 ride every Tuesday. Heavy rain cancels. There will be a ride every Tuesday at 9AM. Meet at the Wompatuck State Park. The road through Wompy has been repaved.
This ride is in addition to the Wednesday Wompatuck rides and the “makeup” Thursday Wompatuck rides.
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.