Monday, June 1, 2009

Biking as a Team

Our bike club, Hammerin Wheels, registered for Bike Month this May, and in spite of a week of rainy weather, we did pretty darned well. We beat all but 8 bike clubs, all schools, and every small and medium enterprise in the area.

My training was focused more on climbing, and I was out of town for a week, but did still manage about 300 miles. Not as good as April, and probably not as good as June will be, but we had members who lived on their bikes, so they carried the day.

Some also logged a lot of miles training for the Davis Double Century that were done in April, so they didn't count in the totals. All together the Sacramento area pledged a million miles and is very close to 1.3 million miles for the month of May.

Next year I am going to take this challenge more seriously. It's fun pulling for a goal as a team, and a lot of the rides done by our club this month were done in large groups in great company. More than a few new saddles and aerobars were purchased, and some revisited their injury histories, but all in all it was a fun challenge that turned out to be very rewarding.


Anonymous said...

Sounds like a great bike group. I can see myself joining one; just when it comes to running I rather be alone;-)

Gotta Run..Gotta Ride said...

I love begining part of a TEAM!!! Great club name. Just a few weeks ago I was asked to be part of a local team. now my KIT is order and I can hardly wait for all of the fun times ahead.

Grey Beard said...

I do most of my rides alone because I ride faster, longer, or harder than most everyone in my group, but have found it pure fun to ride recovery rides with my Hammerin Wheels friends. After 6/13 I will even be riding my mtn bike again, as we have a road and mtn bike HW club.

Even for me, riding long distances out of town alone is a bit scary. Too much to go wrong, hard on the discipline, and not as much fun. The miles go SOOooo much faster when in good company.

We finally got our own gear made, so I just ordered a cool HW lightweight jersey. I'm hoping to have it in time for the Lick Observatory ride so I can take a pic in front of that big white dome with my HW jersey on!