“Into this house we’re born, into this world we’re thrown”…. Riders on the Storm indeed. On July 18, 2017, Orlando Riders and Runners presented number two in the Central Florida Time Trial bicycle racing series under tempestuous turbulence and seething stratocumulous squalls.
These events draw an incredibly diverse pool of participants of all abilities, all ages with the common goal of just riding a bike as hard as they can and having fun doing it….
Saturday, July 8th was the second running of the Tour de Flagler. The 30+ mile Tour entails two of Central Florida’s premier MTB trails with a bit of road, sidewalk, multi-use trail, and dirt doubletrack connecting the two. Also in the route are two bridge climbs in the blazing sun which everyone genuinely looks forward to as the highlights of the day.
This one, the Wheelchair, always seemed so close…. never quite got it, eons of scuffing around scorching parking lots searching for the ever elusive balance point. “Get the Balance Right” indeed. (80’s synth cheese pop warning)
November 7, 2007, long haired hippie galoot barely rollin’ in the Den of Solitude.
Every ride doesn’t have to be a ball buster…as much as the chest puffers may object, there is intrinsic value in a slow day. After a few consecutive tough rides with the young guns, three of us ol’ timers declined on storming the adjacent town’s “A” ride (where charging through a red light is considered a breakaway)…..leave that to the young guns.
The bastard love child of a Quadangle and a pogo stick.
Never knowing love, scorned as the bastard love child of a Quadangle and a pogo stick, the insurmountable Cockroach, resilient to decades of neglect, abuse and debauchery. Purchased new in 1994, this here Cannondale Delta V, complete with the often mocked Headshok system has proven to be the most seaworthy vessel of the fleet.