Marquette Ride resurrection

I’ve decided to try to resurrect the old Marquette group ride. For those of you not familiar with this old classic, it started at Marquette H.S. (Clarkson & Kehrs Mill in Chesterfield) and did a 35-mile loop through some of West County’s finest cycling terrain – sharp climbs on Shepard, Melrose, Wildhorse Creek (Doberman), and Orrville, several nice ridgetop stretches, good pacelining along WHC on the backside of Babler State Park, and virtually no traffic. Total climbing ~1800ft. Back “in the day” – when it was still a StLCC ride – 30-40 people of all abilities would show up. In more recent years it was a smaller group of faster riders. Moving the crits to Carondelet on the same night (Tuesdays) seemed to kill attendance.

Based on responses to this thread on StlBiking, there seems to be some interest among others as well.  First ride will be Thursday (5/21), after that we’ll see if people want it on Wednesday or Thursday evenings (Mondays and Tuesdays are out so as not to compete with the Monday Night group ride in St. Charles or the Tuesday Night Worlds at Carondelet Park).  We’ll feel things out at first until we get a fix on who is showing up and what they want to do. If some of the people that expressed interest actually show, I guarantee it will be a fast pace. I’m a tad less interested in pummeling others than I used to be, but I still won’t be farting around.

Meet in the Marquette H.S. parking lot (Clarkson and Kehrs Mill in Chesterfield).  Ride rolls at 6pm.  Here’s a route map.

Copyright © Ted C. MacRae

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About Ted C. MacRae

Ted C. MacRae is a research entomologist by vocation and beetle taxonomist by avocation. Areas of expertise in the latter include worldwide jewel beetles (Buprestidae) and North American longhorned beetles (Cerambycidae). More recent work has focused on North American tiger beetles (Cicindelidae) and their distribution, ecology, and conservation.
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2 Responses to Marquette Ride resurrection

  1. Erik says:

    I’d love to do Marquette some day. I moved here 4 years ago, and haven’t gotten involved in the cycling scene here yet. Shame on me. I raced as a 3 on the East Coast, but my fitness ain’t what it once was so I should probably wait until I’m in better shape before I embarrass myself in front of all of the regulars.


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