The “After Work Peloton,” also known as, “The Gaggle of Fellas Who Occasionally Meet For A Pedal After Work,” scheduled their semi-regular ride for today. We are in the midst of a heat wave right now (a heat wave so oppressive that a visitor from Austin Texas remarked that she preferred the weather back home – where they’ve had triple digit temps for about 45 days) and yesterday I suggested to one of the Peloton members that it might perhaps be a tad too hot to ride. He put me in my place with a look which – at the same time – communicated shock, dismay, and ridicule. Clearly, I needed to refer to Velomoniti Rule #5 and HTFU.
With the temperature a mere 102.2 degrees and the humidity at 85%, three of us met for a 17-mile jaunt on the W&OD Trail. This ties the turnout record for our peloton which, it must be said, is a rather humble organization. We expect a 25% increase in membership when Simon The Australian returns with his brand-new Specialized Roubaix, which he was being fitted for this afternoon.
As you might suspect, we pretty much had the trail to ourselves. There were a handful of cyclists about but not a single jogger or walker. At least they had enough sense to stay indoors. Being on a bicycle in this weather does have its advantages as a constant 15-20 mph breeze helps stave off heat injury.
The hero of today’s ride was Simon The Brit, who bravely pedaled with two roadies (and I timidly include myself in that category of rider) with his Specialized Crossroads hybrid. You can see him below in the yellow jersey, gamely hanging onto Jake’s wheel.
Well done, Simon.