Hudson Velo at the Finish of VeloSano 2.0

Hudson Velo at the Finish of VeloSano 2.0

Monday, August 1, 2011

2011 Sweetcorn Challenge

Pictured L to R: Mike Pulte, Dave Heater, Susan Grant, Harvey Litowitz, Chris Grant, Heather and Toby Gandy

Pictured L to R: Frank Loth, Dennis Barberic and Dave

Great time had by all yesterday (Sunday July 31, 2011). Weather was perfect, blue skies and reasonably low humidity. The majority of us rode the 50 miler.

We started out with a gentle descent into the shaded rolling hills above Brecksville heading towards North Royalton and then a couple of climbs into Hinckley where we ran into some of the ABC guys riding the 100 miler. (They rode the first 50 miles at over 21mph avg including hills – Rick, hope you survived ok that looked tough).

Our loop continued into Bath and then down towards Valley View Road. After a water stop we headed towards the farmers market at Bolanz Rd. After a quick mechanical fix to a broken chain on the tandem (fortunately Dennis had packed a chain tool) we broke into two groups. The first tackled Oak Hill, the second Major Road. Hats off to the tandem team who had an absolutely stellar hill climb (Dave Heater and Harvey Litowitz).

I could barely get my camera into action before they flew past me. Truth be told we drafted off them for much of the remaining ride. We finally finished back up in Richfield with about 3300ft climbing and 53 miles. Mike Pulte won the town sign sprint challenge with perfect placement at each one taking 6 of the 8 sprints (until next time amigo)….

After eating our sweet corn lunch on the green listening to the band play, we headed down to the Lizard for a few cold recovery drinks – the perfect end to the perfect day.

Thanks all for a great ride.



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