Journal - Ride 14, Grouping

Group Riding

 

 

The day was beautiful! Waking up at 5:40am on a Sunday with the NEED to cycle is always heaps of fun!

Waking up at 5:40am doesn't mean that I was out cycling at 5:40am. No no. Being a cyclist, you have to 'waste' around 20minutes in order to get ready for cycling. This entails - dressing up (duh), getting your gear sorted (pump/helmet/spare tubes/levers/pre-banana/filling up your water bottle/checking the gear settings) and only then will you go out!

Moving on...Sunday's ride was a fun group ride between me and 3 other cyclists. I took out my TT bike (the weirdly shaped red rocket bike) because 2 other riders were riding their TT bikes and there was NO WIND (very opportunistic)! Group rides are so much more interesting than solo rides. You won't even notice you've done 50+ kilometers in group rides!

I was obviously 30minutes late...anyway, we went on to do some laps in Ghajnsielem/Qala since there was virtually no traffic so we were able to peacefully pace behind each other whilst swapping positions frequently (this improves your training guys!). This allows other cyclists to be able to tailgate behind the leader in order to reduce wind drag to maximise speed and efficiency. 

After that...we decided to be a little adventurous and went ahead to do some hills. Normally, this would be rather silly to want to do hills with a TT bike but we did so anyway. I mean, we live in Gozo, practically EVERYWHERE is a hill. 

The fun part about cycling in Gozo is - you are BOUND to meet other cyclists on the road on a Sunday morning, which we did encounter some.

Fun day indeed

 


 

Today's Ride on Strava (Cycling App)


 

Highlights of Today's Ride

  • Group Ride with 3 other cyclists (2/3 with Time Trial Bike)!
  • Took out the Time Trial bike..duh
  • Great weather
  • Speed!
  • Some hills 

 

Drawbacks of Today's Ride

  • Steep(ish) hills aren't always fun with the Time Trial bike

 

Name & Shame

None


 

Pic of the Day

 

 at the bottom of Dwejra hill

at the bottom of Dwejra hill

 

 


 

 

The End

 

Cycle on!

M