This past weekend, we visited some good friends in Michigan, and also took advantage of the fact that my former bike club, the Tri-County Bicycling Association, or TCBA, was running their 100K Meter Ride, AKA the T-shirt ride.We figured that the kids would be up for the 25 km length. We were joined by friends Danny, Tim, and Jeff.
The older daughter went out a little hot, and started fading after about 10K. She didn’t eat enough for breakfast, and so she was running out of gas.
TCBA does a great job running these rides. The rest stop was well stocked with drinks, fruit and cookies. After quite a few of these luscious strawberries, the older daughter was good to go, and she didn’t have any difficulty finishing the ride.
Here we are at the finish. Danny, second from left, rode a Trek recumbent, which by now is a bona fide collector’s item. Tim, on the right, runs the Michigan State University Bike Program. His brother Jeff, of Out your backdoor fame, had already ridden home separately at this point.
I hadn’t been on a TCBA ride for almost ten years, so it was good to see some of the usual suspects that I used to ride with.
Later that evening, Tim came over to show his recently restored Assenmacher tandem.
I tried out Tim’s commuter on the way back. This is the cockpit which has the unusual combination of aerobars and moustache bars. The red switch for an Air Zound is also visible. This was the bike that Tim rode in the Urban Transportation Contest a little while ago.
All in all, a wonderful weekend, and made even better with some riding.