I keep a fairly detailed ride log. Last March I noted that I broke out a sleeveless jersey on March 13 and we had 7-8 days that exceeded 80 degrees. To be succinct, the weather this March has sucked for cycling. Warmth is long overdue and my enthusiasm for long hours on the bike has been diminished by the pervasive crappy weather. That said, after being called a whiner, a wimp, and the "P" word over the last week or so, I ventured out Sunday afternoon in search of some scraps of fitness and self-esteem. I had begged off of an early morning ride that, in addition to wind and cold, involved rain and darkness, so the afternoon ride seemed quite reasonable. I've had bad ideas before and this certainly won't be the last. Actually, there is always a certain smug factor that comes with pursuing outdoor activities in extreme conditions. With the right gear and attitude, I'm usually glad to have done it, whether it be kayaking in driving snow or sub-20 temperatures or riding the bike when the wind speed exceeds the temperature, as was the case on Sunday.
The flags on the BDB were tattered. Cammack Village's banner took the worst of it!
This will soon be behind us and it is time to start thinking about some of the event rides that are over the horizon.
Here are a few rides for which registration is open:
65 Roses- April 27 Searcy
I've never done this ride, but it has gained a reputation as being a good one. Here's the low-down:
The 65 Roses Tour, presented by Bike City, is a fully supported charity bicycle tour, supporting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. It is held in Searcy, AR in the early Spring of each year, since 2010. SAG vehicles are provided, hydration stations are located every 15 miles, and lunch is provided at the finish. All proceeds benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Read the story of "65 Roses" and learn more about Cystic Fibrosis at www.cff.org.
Tour de Rock-June 1 from North Little Rock
Opportunities for this ride range from 10 miles to the fastest century you've ever ridden.The course is a pancake flat "out east" route and if you plan to hang with the front group you'll need your big boy/girl spandex on. I rode my personal best century here a few years ago at 4:35, getting dropped from the lead group at around mile 80. The 2013 TdR is a week earlier than it has been in recent years, which means we'll be in town and I have no vacation excuse. Flat doesn't mean easy and there is no coasting. Of course, you can take your time and enjoy every well-stocked aid station if you wish. The Tour de Rock has a route and a pace for everyone and the popular weekly training rides leading up to the event are worth the registration fee.
The Big Dam Bridge 100- September 28 from Little Rock
This is the big daddy cycling event in Arkansas. It has grown every year since its inaugural ride on October 1, 2006. It's a ride. It's a party. It's a race. It's a celebration of riding in Central Arkansas and a tribute to the Big Dam Bridge, the iconic structure that seems to anchor our community.
For now, it's still cold, but let's ride. I'll go if you will.