Doin’ it like a Bruce, and he still wins the round. The 2017 Patrick Cup International. A world renowned celebration of merriment, misbehavior and mayhem, is kickin’ it slideways into the year end finale. The mostly tricycle oriented tests of skin vs. ground resistance have proven to be the highlight of the Florida Cyclocross Series.
Special Patrick Preemptive Prose intro:
“We are Sea Monkeys and cycling proves it. As a bike wheel spins, it is rotating around an imaginary horizontal line that goes through its center, creating a force in the direction of its spin. If you try to change the horizontal axis by falling left or right, the spin translates that push into a turning motion.
“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.
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.