Well once again the annual sufferfest know as Blood Sweat and Gears has come and gone. There was a great number of Bicycle Sport friends riding this weekend, with some posting some amazing times, not to mention former Bicycle Sport employee Reid Beloni crossing the line first in the 100 mile category. Also Donny Forsyth of Charlotte Running Co. was the first to cross the line in the 50 mile ride.
As usual I headed up to the mountains with visions of solo breakaways and personal best times. Nothing ever goes to plan. The weather started out perfect, temperature wasn’t too hot and fog had lifted at the start of the ride. The group rolls out and it was a perfect ride until a unsettling noise started to emerge from my rear wheel. Riding towards the front I didn’t want to stop but the noise became so loud that riders around me started to distance them self from me. I knew this wasn’t good. So that was it for my ride, not knowing what the noise was and with a slight grinding feeling in the wheel i stuck my thumb out at the next rest area and headed back to grab a recovery beer. Back at the start/finish line I met up with friends and began swapping heroic stories of there ride.
Many people ask why do we as cyclist do these rides. Well i often ask myself the same question. The rides are hard long and many times just plain absurd sounding to most individuals outside of the cycling community. But there is a inner voice that push us to want to be apart of this. We all suffer, some just go faster than others, but we all suffer together. So whether your ride went to plan or not a day of riding i the mountains with friends is always a good day to me.