The Cyclones had another perfect day Sunday for our activities. First our group did an “easy” 60 mile morning ride from Windsor to Colcheter, Ontario. We were so anxious to get rolling that we forgot the pre ride photo, but Ati, Dwight, Gerald, Greg, Ken, and Marq were able to make it out. After the ride Greg, Ken and I headed over to “Little Italy” in Windsor for the Tour di via Italia bike races. We were able to find a nice table in the shade right next to the track where we had a delicious italian lunch. Myrna, was also able to join us. These racers were rolling by so fast (30 mph!) they literally created a breeze each time they passed. Great day, great ride, great friends! – Photos by Steven Moore
The Metro 313 Cyclones were deep in their representation for the inaugural Wayne State University Baroudeur. We had a dozen members who were participants on the 100 mile century, 62 mile metric century, and other ride distances. We also had members who were volunteers. Major Taylor Chicago was also riding with us. Excellent weather greeted us as we navigated routes which took riders from the Wayne State campus, through Detroit to Belle Isle, Grosse Pointe, Palmer Park, Lincoln Park, Elisabeth Park and Grosse Ile. Kudos to members of the Detroit Police Department who provided some of the faster groups with our very own police escort, allowing us to roll at average speeds of 23-24 mph! Awesome! Wayne State hosted after ride activities which included food, music and a chance to reflect on a great day. Looking forward to next year.
EPIC! That is the best way to describe The Canada Ride, hosted by the Metro 313 Cyclone/Major Taylor Detroit. It was one for the books. Nice ride with fun group of people. There were two ride distances, 60 miles and 100. The first stint took us along the Detroit River, past Fighting Island and Crystal Island. Our first stop was in the city of Amherstburg. Amherstburg is lovely town and our route took us past historic Fort Malden.
From Amherstburg the route takes us to the city of Colchester and the Colchester Harbor Beach and Marina. This is the halfway point for the 60 mile group. The century riders continued on Leamington and then back to Windsor.
For those of you who weren’t able to make The Canada Ride, you missed a fantastic ride with a fun group. All I can say is get your enhanced driver’s license or passport ready so you can join us next year. Photos from Sharon, Lauralyn and Steven.
While riding today I witnessed an unfortunate accident where a rider ahead of me crashed into an opening door of a parked car. I had observed her riding particularly close to a line of parked cars when before I could even think about it, the inevitable happened. A car door swung open and the cyclist had nowhere to go. Luckily she was okay, suffering only a skinned elbow and knee, broken glasses and a damaged fork, but I have seen this before and the riders were not as lucky.
Assume that every parked car has an occupant(s) that is preparing to exit their vehicle. In their defense they are not expecting a cyclist skimming by their side mirror either. And it just isn’t the driver’s door. Passenger doors are just as likely to fling open. Also keep in mind that the doors of today’s large trucks, SUVs and minivans can be nearly 4 feet wide (almost half of the width of a traffic lane).
So, as in the picture, position yourself well into the lane of moving traffic, even if that means that vehicular traffic behind you has to slow or change lanes to pass you.
Ride Safe. Be Safe
The Metro 313 Cyclones put in some work today, logging 58 miles in preparation for the upcoming Metro Grand Spring Tour next week. This, in spite of the difficult conditions. Great work guys!!!
Thanks to everyone who came out for our No Excuses Ride with the Metro 313 Cyclones. We had a great turnout for our ride along Hines Drive, from Dearborn Heights to Northville. Sharon and John came out a bit later and joined us. Great weather and sunshine, but it appears we had a headwind both ways, go figure. We were still able to generate a quick pace, including an impromptu sprint up Cass Benton Hill. If you didn’t make it out this time, we forgive you, but next week, No Excuses! Thanks to Shawn Bryant for the photos.