total demonstration of tour de force by rob and tommy. they just rode everyone off their wheels from the picket fence to airport road. now rob is well… he’s just a space alien freak and we’ve all seen him solo’ing off the front before. tommy was truly impressive today. he lost rob’s wheel at the top of the double whammy. instead of calling it a day and getting reabsorbed by the chasing pack like a good boy should, he decided to dangle in the no man’s land. our paceline was less than perfectly organized but it’s not like we were taking it easy either. we were moving and tom matched our pace stroke per stroke, staying away all the way to the finish. that’s a long stretch of lonely and windy road from whammy to the finish but he stuck it out. amazing.
i ended up leading out vince for the final sprint. he was in a bit of trouble on the con ed hill and he man’d up to stay in touch and come out for the sprint. well done.
btw, here’s a little info about rob to hate him even more. he’s actually more of a climber. i don’t mean the little hills we go over around here. i mean like the mountain passes. he’s from the left coast and that’s where he feels at home and rides the best. so these little demonstrations of solo attack off the front on flats he does on our ride? that’s like his weakness he’s working on to improve. pretty depressing, no?
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hey guess who didn’t get dropped 2 weeks in a row? that would be me. sox, the super stud. i’ve come to measure my performance in small victories over the last couple of months. not getting dropped (like i did 3 weeks ago) is a solid win in my book. so is not getting cramped up in the last miles of the ride. staying on robert’s wheel without opening up a gap the size of texas? that felt like winning the life time achievement award.
that’s mostly what i concentrated on today. stay at the front of the pack and contribute. with most of the boys off to the races this morning, that resolution seemed within my grasp.
the pace was definitely in my favor as well. steady enough to pull through without paying too much for it afterwards. it was mostly 2-man show. robert, obviously, and that guy on seven ti kept the pack moving with some purpose.
despite the lack of any real attacks, gaps inevitably appeared on few spots but the pack was more than willing to close them down before letting them get out of control.
it’s pretty obvious that several of the ‘worker bees’ have been piling on the miles. and it shows. tommy, wayne, that guy on cervelo… they are all becoming key contributors in making the regular ride fast and steady enough to feel safe(r) than it ever did in recent years. and that’s a beautiful thing.
wayne told me he did the billygoat ride twice on monday, and tommy’s been consistently averaging 1,000 miles a month this year. as i disappear further into the region of oblivious has-been, it’s good to see more riders taking charge and forcing the pack to ride the way we should, the way we are all capable of.
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