The 3RVS (3 Rivers Velo Sport) club held its club century, the Allen County Century today. The route is 100% in Allen County, tracing the outer fringes of the county on the north, east, south and west sides.
Here's the crew on the state line road, about 40 miles into the ride. Everyone still looks pretty happy.
When I go on club rides, I like to help do my share of pulling at the front. This is about the 45 mile mark and the horses are getting antsy. Shortly after I took this photo, the crew, minus Luis and I, pulled away at an awesome 22 mph pace.
We at lunch at the Three Kings Restaurant in Hoagland, about 53 miles into the ride. Notice the old grey Trek, 3rd bike ahead on the left. Sweet Steel!
Several people bailed after lunch and after a short while, it was just 2 Joes, Steve and myself. I rode several miles with the group at a 19 mph pace, but even that was too much for me, so I slowed to around 16 mph and the others rapidly pulled away.
The ride was supposed to be divided into two groups - an 18 - 20 mph group, and a 15 - 17 mile group. Since the 2 Joes and Steve were ably representing the faster group, I wanted to do my best to represent the slower group. Here's me in the 15 - 17 mph peloton.
We ran into rain for much of the way, and I got quite cool at the 75 mile mark. Fortunately the rain stopped for a while at the 80 mile mark. I was a little worried for a while since I rode my bike 14 miles to the starting point, and still had a long way to go. But when the rain broke, my spirits lifted, and I quickly downed several fig bars. I was able to get back to the starting point for the ride in good shape, and rode the final 14 miles without any problems. The total ride ended up at 133.0 miles for me - my second longest ride of the year. I averaged 15.8 mph for the entire ride, so I was quite pleased. Actually, I'm happy to be vertical at the end of a long ride!