Call me crazy, but Monday night, I signed up with the Bow Cyclist Club, a club arranged by Bow Cycle, a local bike shop that I had been to a few times. I asked the people there what the rides were like: too fast? Too long? A bunch of rocket bikes? I thought I’d gotten a good idea of what it would be like.
I still was apprehensive. I didn’t have a dedicated road bike. Was I a strong enough cyclist to keep up?
Tonight was the first ride since I signed up. I rode the 8.5 km to the shop (downhill mostly), then waited. It turned out that I needn’t have worried. There were nine riders, counting me and the leader, the representative from the shop. Six men, three women. All older. Mostly road bikes, two very nice and the rest a more modest bunch. I wasn’t the slowest; I was probably was mid-pack. The pace averaged 20 km/h, which is slower than the pace I set when I ride on my own. It was a two-hour ride, and almost exactly 40 km.
It was fun. Worthwhile. Now, how about a proper road bike? 🙂