Wednesday, August 06, 2008

ACA ride last Saturday

Instead of my normal Saturday (8/2) ride, I was invited by one of my work friends to go on one of the Austin Cycling Association sponsored rides. They have many rides scheduled, this particular one was the 'Wier Lost' ride.

I rode from my house to the Old Settler's Park in Round Rock, about 10.5 miles. I did the 30 mile route, and then rode back home. Of course, the ride back from the park was directly into the wind, and mostly uphill -- both my favorites! ;-)

The ride was on some of the same roads that are part of either the Red Poppy or Outlaw Trail rides, along with other back roads. At the start of the ride, I attempted to stay with my friend, however, he took off and I was unable to catch him (he later told me he averaged 20mph for 30 miles, somewhat faster than I ride). I let the group behind me catch up and I remained with them for the bulk of the ride (they knew the route, it saved me from having to look at the map). They had a pace a little slower than I prefer. When the group stopped for food, I took of early and finished with a smaller group od riders.

I enjoyed the different scenery, and perhaps, will do other ACA rides.