My 3rd day of the Rapha Festive 500 may have been my best yet.
Not the most miles but most smiles by far.
I rolled out around 7 to Ride’n’Roll on West Bay next to the Pinellas Trail.
I love scoping bikes at races, rides and other events. Like some sort of weather forecast…
You can surmise certain initial impressions about riders and what the day holds.
My verdict? Today would be fast.
The group was big. Mostly comprised of experienced roadies, I felt comfortable in the peloton.
We slowly ambled our way northward towards the route John & I had done the day before.
Speaking of John, he stuck out conspicuously in his hi-viz pHit pills kit.
Speaking of kits, the Ride’n’Roll kits below sure stuck out as well. Their team/club was out in force!
By the time our route reached its northern summit, we were in full on TT mode.
Maybe the hardest I’ll ape it all winter.
Below is the chase group as I fell back in after attempting to reel the ‘leaders’ in.
Luckily, the effort ended with a rest stop and i continued to get acquainted with local racers & riders.
While, at the rest stop and once back on the road. I kept scoping out sweet rides.
Peek these Wiliers!
We had a steady spin back into Largo and I made sure to take my turns a the front.
I swung by the store to grab my favorite recovery drink, chocolate milk!
I can’t deny my brand choice wasn’t influenced by Steven of Boulder Velodrome‘s kit! ; )
He hung on this hammer session fixed, which you know i can appreciate!
well, after the ride slowly fragmented and the last few of us rolled back to the shop, I headed home.
I am grateful that my efforts for this contest have largely not been solo. Florida traffic is horrendous.
Most roads around here are three lanes.
Even with a bike lane the paranoia of a 97 year old careening a Cadaillac into my back plagues me.
But when even when on my own, i have a new riding partner.
Family themed leg sleeve coming soon!
Below are my stats for the day. I made it to spot 23 in the rankings.
Let’s see if I can end in the top 20!