A 10am club ride start time. These people know how to party! These people being S&P who led today's ACTC ride through Los Altos Hills. We were a merry bunch, well, except for me because Captain Virus didn't want to leave me (who could blame him with a body like mine).
After introducing him to the joys of club rides, the club hopping gigolo (aka The Boyfriend) chose to ride with another group. So while he was puttin' on the ritz with other cyclists, he missed out on a hillclimb he's never done. Of course, with him not being in the picture/vicinity, this allowed me to do my queen's wave to all the male cyclists we encountered, and boy, they were out in force today. Waves and waves. I may be sick but some things never change.... Alas, I digress.
S&P provided us with a spectacular route that took us through the scenic rolling hills of Los Altos (Magdalena, Summerhill, Purissima) along with two significant climbs (Olive Tree Lane and Westridge). I was unable to climb all of Olive, regrettably. Peter Frampton, though, showed me the way up Westridge. This is a new climb for ACTC and we were the second group to do it, thus, making a little history.
Meanwhile, at Roberts Market on Alpine, we decided to cut the ride short a tiny bit due to a spitting rain, cloudy skies and a shift in the wind. I was to learn later that The Boyfriend's car was parked at the market and that he was up on the mountain above us, cold and wet in his moutain biking gear.
While I was a bit loopy in Los Altos, achy and out of breath, I shall forever remember (thanks to our ride leaders and for getting me out), in the words of S, "We'll always have Westridge." You betcha!
Just the Stats:
28 mph on descent
11 mph avg