The month of August was the hottest month the earth has experience since modern man has been recording temperatures. Not a good thing on many fronts but considering I had planned on doing three century rides in four weeks it was clearly going to be a month of proper suffering.
First came Bike to the Beach , my third time doing this fantastic charity ride. I was looking forward to a smaller group knowing we would be faster than the previous years, what I wasn’t looking forward to was the weather. With massive rains at 2am when I woke up it took me a ridiculously long time to drive from Frederick, MD down to Lindsay Volkswagen in Sterling, VA. The rain was coming down in sheets and it made driving more than 40mph nearly impossible. Turns out everyone was running a bit late as DC was not spared the deluge.
We rolled out at 5:30am and soon the rains came to an end, however the roads were still treacherous for skinny, road-bike tires. We got to the front of the bunch and stayed there for safety. Thanks to a summer intern from Lindsay VW we got a ride over the Bay Bridge and did not have to wait for the B2B buses and once we landed on the other side the sun came out along with our smiles.
We were happy to be riding with two other very fast, experienced guys (Jimmy on left, Scott on right) who put in long pulls at the front helping us average nearly 23mph for the remaining 50 miles.
It was really nice having our Volkswagen Golf SportWagen at each aid station waiting for us. A dry change of clothing after the morning rains was priceless.
We rolled into Dewey Beach with heat, smiles and new friends.
Unfortunately we could not celebrate for long as we had to return to the DC area, through its world-renowned rush hour. Nothing like pedaling for 6 hours then immediately driving for another 5. Thankfully we negotiated the traffic without incident and arrived back at Lindsay VW no worse for the wear.
Next up was the Tour de Frederick…