Sunday, July 18, 2010

Quivira Park Bike Group Ride 12 - July 17, 2010

We have been having a string of days with heat warning and a heat index over 100 degrees Fahrenheit.  Today was another one of those days but we lucked out for ride 12 of the Quivira Park Bike Group because there had been a severe thunderstorm in the area Friday late afternoon which cooled things a bit.  We had temperatures in the high 70's at the start of the race and mid-80's at the end, with little wind, and very high humidity.  All things considered, however, much better conditions than I expected.  The route was our Kill Creek Park Route.

I was in Dallas for a couples shower and party for our daughter and her fiancee last weekend but there is a picture on both the Quivira Park Bike Group website and Quivira Park Bike Group Facebook Page for ride 11.

We had a good group today and split into two groups on our way out to Kill Creek Park where we had our SAG stop.  The picture to the left was taken at the park and left to right are Griffin, Garrett, Ed, Ron, Greg, Tracey, Bob, Eli, Carlo, and Joe.

On the way back we got split up into four segments after climbing the 2nd Twisted Sister hill on 135th Street.  I waited at the top of the second hill but then decided to try and catch up with the faster group which I did not do until I got back to Quivira Park as I kept getting caught at traffic lights.  Another rider rode alone but since he was new did not know the route and instead retraced the route on 143rd Street that we used to go outbound on.  The other two riders split off to go home as they both live north of College Boulevard.

I wore my new RoadID Jersey today and you can see how humid it was as it was soaking wet when this picture was taken after the ride at  Quivira ParkRoadID is the newest sponsor of the Kansas Cyclist Podcast which I produce with Randy Rasa, the webmaster of the Kansas Cyclist website.

I highly recommend the RoadID as I have been using this emergency and safety bracelet for two years now.  Randy and I interview co-founder Edward Wimmer and Director of Marketing P.J. Rabice about the Road ID product line, how the company was started, and how their products benefit cyclists, runners, and other athletes in Episode 21 of the Kansas Cyclist Podcast.  There is a link on the site where you can receive a 10% discount on their products.

A map of the ride from my house can be uploaded from my Garmin.  Total distance was just over 77K and average speed was about 26 KPH.  As I have said in previous posts, the temperatures are overstated as the Garmin Edge 500, will give false readings in direct sunlight.

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