For the 4th and final installment of the 2011 Haymarket Winter Bike League, the weather finally cooperated and the VeloWorks Spokes crew was out in force. Sunshine and temperatures in the low-40s made for near-perfect winter riding conditions. The route was a hard ~80miles through the rolling foothills of the Shenandoah, with one nasty climb (averaging 9%) up Mount Weather. Ouch. Lance and Mike led the charge,
Mike (far left – white helmet) and Lance (right, red arm-warmers) at the front of the peoloton at Sunday’s Haymarket ride up Mt. Weather
with Lance reaching the summit Mount Weather with the lead group of “crazy fast, crazy strong” guys. We in part credit this to Lance’s new sub-15lb S-Works Tarmac – as Sunday was it’s maiden ride outside. Gordan, Shauna and Emily were out as well, with Shauna and Em riding a bit more leisurely in part due to an epic Computrainer “Throw Down” session on Saturday (where thankfully no one got hurt, but power levels were tested and a boy might have been out-sprinted on a final climb …) Regardless, everyone finished the ride with a smile and a burger at Foster’s Grill. Here’s to winter training rides!
VeloWorks-Spokes, Etc.’s season is off to a great start – strong training rides and one race under the belt, and if things keep up, it’s looking to be quite a successful season for the new team!