Well, it appears that the Marquette Ride has not only been resurrected but returned to its old form. After three weeks of trying to get this classic route back in the minds of local cyclists, it appears that Thursday nights are the consensus, with 12 of us showing up for last night’s version. It couldn’t have been a more perfect night weatherwise, with temps hovering right around 70F at the start, and with all the repaving that has taken place in Wildwood over the past few years, nearly every stretch of the route features clean, smooth blacktop.
Unfortunately, it appears that age and an end to my racing career have taken a toll on the BugMan – no longer one of the driving forces at the front of the race ride. There were a number of really strong dudes that showed up – Jay, Andy, David, Cody, and a couple of skinny little stronger than shit kids that we’ll be hearing more of in the future. Oh, I didn’t do badly – shaving more than two minutes off of last weeks time by coming in right at 1:41 (21.1 mph) – that’s about as fast as I can do that hilly route. Watching them ride away on the Melrose climb was tough, but working with Jay (who held back because of a mechanical) to catch back up eased the pain. When we got to Doberman and I watched them start dancing on their pedals – I knew I was phuqued. Still, I’m not a quitter, and I rode the remainder of the course as hard as I could. I may have gotten dropped, but I’m not gonna just roll over and die!
I’ll be on the road all this coming week, so no Marquette punishment this Thursday. But – I’ll be back!