Today was my first longish ride for the year, a tourist ride with TBN north out of Finch Station. Given the weather, a pretty good turnout, although a couple of riders were concerned that it might be cold.
Joey reminds us of safety, including showing us what overlapping wheels means (a no no).
and we’re off. Stupidly, I take off with the fast group which was tooling along at somewhat better than 25 kph.
A brief regroup at just past HWY 7.
Northward, through subdivision after subdivision.
I spot what I thought was open country, but Joey tempers my excitement by informing me that we’re looking at the Keele St. dump.
Catching up with the leaders as they wait for a GO train.
Then we turn north again on Keele, and the bike lane ends.
The 60 km ride turns left at King Vaughn
I am getting dropped by the one rider I was with. There were other riders that said they would do the 60K, but they were with a slower group. You can see that they got a lot more snow up here last week than we did in the city.
Riding solo on the way back, I treat myself to a butter tart at Coffee Culture in Maple. Also got passed by a pack of fast riders, one of whom riding a Gios Torino recognized my bike as a Tamarack.
Back at Finch. GPS says 60.7 km in 2:45 at an average speed of 22 kph. Total elapsed time was about 3:00, including about a 10 minute break. Cyclemeter on my phone says 61 km, but an average speed of 25 kph, which sounds too high.
In any case, not too bad for me. I’ll do the Good Friday ride, and then I should be OK for the 50 km route for Bike for Mike on Sunday, May 7.