This Week’s Rides – Apr. 17-22

Spring is having trouble getting here this year!  Saturday was a washout, and Sunday was more like a January day than an April one!  A wise call to delay the Pancake Ride an hour let the roads dry out.  We had about 20 riders, and Michael DeRoche led a congenial group and made sure everyone got back OK.  Our Social Chair, Jordy Wetzel, gave the lead group a workout in preparation for Ironman Texas in a couple of weeks!

Rain has kept us from having the usual Kickoff, so we’re going to keep the rides going and have the Annual Picnic on a nice day in June when Jordy is back after qualifying for Kona!  In the meantime we are developing the ride calendar and looking for ride leaders.  Please reply if you can help out and we’ll put you on the calendar!

This week looks good for The Track and our evening rides.  For Saturday, Durk says the third time is a charm, so we’ll do his ride that has been rained out the last two weeks.  Thanks for hanging in there, Durk!  And don’t forget the HRR Cocktail Party on Saturday night!  Here’s the schedule:

Tuesday, Apr. 17 – 6:00 P.M. – Cool Springs Ride – Sharecare (formerly Healthways) parking lot, 701 Cool Springs Blvd. East – Each Tuesday evening during the Prime Season the HBC sponsors this ride from Sharecare/Healthways in Cool Springs.  This is a 25-mile route all the way down the new extension of Carothers Blvd. to Long Lane with its challenging rollers, over the steep Gosey Hill climb to Peytonsville, and back by Trinity and North Chapel.  Since daylight is short now, a cutoff on Crowder is available to make for a 21-mile ride.  When the days get longer, we will add the popular 30-mile route from last year.  Be sure to bring headlights and taillights!

Peter Cacchioli will lead this week’s ride.  The ride leaders this season, in addition to Peter, are David Wood and Steve Saxton, with assistance from Jeff Sammons and Fredia Barry.  This season, we intend for this to be a ride for experienced moderate riders as well as racers.  The racers and A riders will head out first and watch out for each other!  Then our leaders will make sure the B riders make it home.  Jeff and Fredia will ride with the more moderate C group.  Most riders will regroup at the intersection of Long Lane and Gosey Hill Road.  We want the racing teams to keep coming and training hard, but those who are not setting a time record are encouraged to regroup for a congenial ride!

Here are the cue sheets:

Tuesday Cool Springs Ride

Tuesday Cool Springs Ride – Short option

Tuesday, Apr. 17 – 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. – The Track at the Nashville Fairgrounds SpeedwayIt looks like a warm and dry evening, so we’ll be at the Track this Tuesday.  The Track is open to HBC members and one-time visitors.  In contrast to our other Club rides, we are compelled to limit the Track to HBC members because the Club is charged a handsome fee each time we use the Speedway.  In the interests of safety, please pass through the big gate and park in the rear instead of at the front entrance.

As always, this is the HBC’s most unique event, drawing large crowds of riders who can participate in a fast paceline or take it calmly in the outer lanes.  All riders at the Track must strictly observe the rules for riding there, which are specifically designed to enhance the safety and enjoyment of all participants.  Remember – Lane 1 is for those riding at 22 mph or faster, and Lane 2 is for those riding at 17 mph or faster.  Slower riders should be in the outer lanes.  In Lanes 1 and 2, ride on the line and pass only on the right.  Please review and follow these rules carefully:
Track Rules

Thursday, Apr. 19 – 6:00 P.M. – Hunters Bend Ride – Hunters Bend Elem. School, 2121 Fieldstone Pkwy., Franklin – The Thursday night ride has returned to its traditional location at Hunters Bend.  Jeff Sammons and Fredia Barry will lead the ride.  We recommend the shorter routes while daylight is limited, but the Trace, McCrory, and Waddell Hollow routes are all available from this location.  Please bring your headlight and taillight!  This ride is suitable for experienced cyclists at all levels, from our racing teams to more casual riders.  Here are the cue sheets for the various routes:

Thurs. Night routes

Saturday, Apr. 21 – 9:00 A.M. – Hillsboro Elementary School in Leipers Fork, 5412 Pinewood Rd. – BassAlderson-TurkeyCreek Trot & Santa Fe Foray!It finally looks like we’ll have good weather, so Durk has volunteered to again lead the ride on the course we had planned for the last two weeks.  He’s taking it easy on us with flatter than usual routes!  There are two options: the BassAlderson-Turkey Creek Trot of 53 miles and the Santa Fe Foray of 36 miles.  Both routes make the nice gradual climb up Sulphur Springs and the fun run on Snow Creek to Santa Fe.  From there, the longer route adds a 17-mile loop with a stop at the iconic Fly General Store.  Both routes return by going up Gaskill Branch, down Raleigh-Beard, and in by the fast run up Leipers Creek.  Here are the cue sheets:

BassAlderson-TurkeyCreek Trot

BassAlderson-TurkeyCreek Trot – GPS – 53 miles

Santa Fe Foray – GPS – 36 miles

Another option for Saturday:

Saturday, Apr. 21 – 8:00 A.M. – Pedal for Paws – Gallatin Civic Center, 210 Albert Gallatin Ave., 37066 – This is a charity ride that supports the Sumner Spay Neuter Alliance.  It is also sponsored by our friends in the Fogbee Bicycle Club.  The ride has been delayed from last week until this Saturday because of the weather.
Since its inception in July, 2011 through December 2017 SSNA had done 54,551 free or low cost spay and neuters. Over that time the county animal shelter had a 38% decline in intake and 60% decline in euthanasia.
There are routes of 14, 30, 45, and 62 miles. All with SAG and rest stops.

Sunday, Apr. 22 – 9:00 A.M. – Pancake RideHunters Bend Elementary School, 2121 Fieldstone Pkwy., Franklin – The Club’s most classic event is the regular Sunday Pancake Ride from Fieldstone Farms over to Leipers Fork.  Dan Jensen will lead this week’s ride and make sure everyone has safely returned.  Riders take the rolling course to the end of Boyd Mill Pike and then make the climb up Parker Branch.  The direct route then descends to Leipers Fork for a rest stop and heads back for a total of 28 miles.  Many riders will add extra miles from Parker Branch or the rest stop, enjoying the scenic roads south and west of Leipers Fork; the full route for these long riders is usually about 50 miles.

This is not called the Pancake Ride because it is flat or easy, but because you can enjoy some tasty treats at Leipers Fork!  While new riders are encouraged to participate, the route is moderately hilly and is inappropriate for rank beginners.

– Cue Sheet –

Pancake Ride – GPS version

The Harpeth River Ride is fast approaching on June 2!  Here’s the first event to raise funds and promote the ride.  Please participate if you can:

Saturday, Apr. 21 – 6:00 P.M. – Cocktail Party for HRR and Tour de Franklin – The Standard Club, 167 Rosa Parks Blvd. (just a block north and across from Hume-Fogg High School), Nashville – Prohealth and Oasis Bike Shop join us in the first fundraiser for the Tour de Franklin, which is the name this year for the Harpeth River Ride.  Donations are a minimum of $50, or donate a new bicycle for a child.  Here’s the flyer for more information and registration:

Cocktail party flyer

This is the perfect time to jump-start your cycling season!  And it’s the ideal time for new riders to join us!

Larry Lewis, HBC Ride Chair




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