April 4th Helmsville Team Ride Revisited

Ride report – Sunday, April 4, 2010.

We pulled into the parking area at the Nevada Creek reservoir.    As we got out of the vehicles, the cool gusty air was enough to make us think twice about riding that day.  Despite the wind, nine cyclists took off in a brightly colored pack.  Once moving, the temperature and wind became almost a non-issue.  The sun was shining and we were trekking down the road.    I dropped off to get in my aeros and the group began to create distance. It was fun to watch as this “clump” moved and shifted as one rider took the lead and another dropped back.

The Helmsville to Drummond road has been chip sealed and is in fine shape.  There is little traffic, beautiful views, and critters.   A bluebird flew overhead, a bald eagle alighted from a pond, a whole herd of deer jumped fence and a lone skunk moseyed across a field.

After 20+ miles of wind and hill, six riders turned around before taking on the Drummond Drop and three went for it.  “It was epic” said Joe, who clocked 38 mph on the way down.  Coming back up it is another story.

All in all, it was a great day for a ride.  And for those who left, if it makes you feel any better, it did snow just a bit.

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