RAPHA CYCLE CLUB NYC GROUP RIDE: NYACK
Yesterday was the official opening day of the Rapha CC in New York City, and what better way to set off the club’s first Saturday morning in the Big Apple than with a group ride.
The ride rolled out with at least 30+ riders, faces both familiar and new, with the majority of the pack proudly sporting the iconic stripe on their left jersey sleeve to pay homage to our host. I knew most of the route, but familiar roads are always refreshed when spinning amongst a different group of people.
We took the road less traveled, filled with packed dirt, more hills, and sketchy gravel roads up to Nyack and back. Overall, a great first group ride with the Rapha NYC CC. Welcome back to the Big Apple.
For this edition of Flashback Friday, some more randoms. Except this time, 35mm film via a mix of my Yashica and disposable cameras. Happy Friday.
GCN: HOW TO BRAKE LIKE A PRO
Let’s get real, dudes. We’re not pros, meaning that not only do we NOT ride like pros .. we might not also know how to slow/stop like pros. This is a great video from GCN for everyone transitioning from brakeless track bikes to geared bikes, with brakes.
RACE REPORT | NEVERSINK INVITATIONAL 2013
There are rare instances where I can experience the full spectrum of human emotion in just a few short hours. From filling my soul with self doubt and disbelief, to trusting in my physical and emotional capacities and abilities more than I could imagine - it’s incredible how much you can fluctuate to both extremes in such a short period of time.
There are moments that I will never be able to describe in words — like the random 30-second sunshower that fell to the earth the minute I even thought about dismounting on the final climb that encouraged me to keep going, or the way the finish line was similar to heaven’s gates engulfed by the bluest of skies on the top of the what at the time seemed like steepest hill ever, surrounded by friends cheering me on.
And though I’ll never be able to describe any of these memories to their full potential and meaning, I’m glad I’m able to share with you that you too can experience such moments, and feel such feelings, just by doing something as simple as riding your bike. Allez, friends.
(PHOTO © DAVID TRIMBLE)