This Week’s Rides – Feb. 12-17 – Track OPEN Tuesday!
It was a tough weekend for cyclists! But we have some dedicated riders! Durk reports that on Saturday it was 25 degrees with a wind chill of 15 at ride time. Nevertheless, 25 to 30 people showed up for the ride! Amazing! And the shorter route was perfect for the conditions. For Sunday it was an easy call, since it rained all day.
We are happy to report that those injured recently are on the mend! R.J. Locurto, Rod Bickel, and Scott Boyd have all had surgery and are steadily improving. We are anxious for them to be back with us!
Tuesday evening looks dry and warm enough to ride, so the Track is ON! Next weekend looks a lot better than the last one, so Durk will take us to Maury County and make us climb some hills! Here’s the schedule for this week:
Tuesday, Feb. 12 – 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. – The Track at Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway – During the cool weather months, the Harpeth Bike Club offers a ride each Tuesday evening at the Fairgrounds Speedway, weather permitting. This Tuesday looks dry and fairly warm, so the ride is ON! Should it become necessary to cancel, a message will be sent by the General List. 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. The ride will be cancelled if conditions are wet or too cold for riding.
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:
Saturday, Feb. 16 – 9:00 A.M. – Durk’s Balderdash Blast! – Hillsboro Elementary School in Leipers Fork, 5412 Pinewood Rd. – For Saturday, we expect conditions to be a lot better and fairly typical for February, so Durk has an interesting route that should satisfy the climbers! There are options of 53, 42, and 36 miles. Everyone will take the usual route down to the rest stop in Santa Fe at mile 20. From there, the Long riders go west and get to test their climbing gears on The Pigg, as well as four or five other notable hills! The Medium riders get to skip the toughest climbs but still have some challenges waiting for them on Roy Dodson, Knob Creek, and Fairview. Meantime, the Short riders can go right back home! Here are the cue sheets:
Sunday, Feb. 17 – 9:00 A.M. – Pancake Polar Bear Ride – Hunters 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. During the off-season we don’t designate a formal sweeper, but we’ll ride in groups and watch out for each other. Riders take the rolling course to the end of Boyd Mill Pike and then usually 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. And sometimes we mix it up and do something totally different!
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.
We’ve definitely fallen into the rain bucket, but the weekend should be a nice interlude for us to get in some workouts!
Larry Lewis, HBC Ride Chair