End of the Saturday Giro Ride I spent much of the weekend standing around at the Baton Rouge Velodrome helping to officiate the LAMBRA track championships.  Fortunately, I had time on Saturday morning to make it out to the Giro Ride.  Despite the August heat, Saturday’s Giro was a fast one.  After the usual conversational warmup along Lakeshore Drive, it didn’t take long for the pace to get up into the upper 20s where it stayed for most of the day.  We did the 17 mile outbound section, wh Continue reading “TrackStanding”

Detours and Virgin Asphalt and an Anniversary

Solo breakaways in team time trials are not encouraged. It’s been a hot week down here in the Crescent City, but that didn’t stop a good turnout for one of Kenny’s bandit time trials out on Lakeshore Drive last Tuesday.  This one was a 10+ mile 4-man TT for which I’d been asked to join Steve, Rolan and Pat for twenty-five minutes of after-work gear-mashing (four hyphens in one sentence!).  In order to give the appearance of being motivated, and also to enhance my already finely honed draftin Continue reading “Detours and Virgin Asphalt and an Anniversary”

Through the Rain

The Katrina flood line at Starbucks It was still too dark to see much of the sky when I hit the road this morning to meet the Giro Ride.  A balmy south wind made it feel easy, and ten minutes later as the sun came up over the bayou I could see the threatening clouds off to the southwest.  Sipping coffee at Starbucks I checked the radar, which didn’t offer much in the way of hope.  Even so, a pretty good-sized group headed out, perhaps a few minutes late, with little real chance of Continue reading “Through the Rain”