Summer Riding with Rapha

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Summer Riding

with Rapha NYC

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On a fine summer day

I hopped on my bike and went for a ride.

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Today's plan? a 5 hour ride.

Normally scheduled for Sundays, I decided to do this ride on Saturday to mix up my training a bit.

meet at the Rapha NYC Clubhouse

I signed the group ride waiver, then ordered a coffee and an apple tart. The start time quickly approached and after the pre-ride safety talk, we gathered everyone and started riding. We kept a brisk pace all the way to the GWB, then crossed over to head down River Road. A spirited 9 mile ride later we arrived at the Ranger Station where we refilled our bidons, and caught our breath.

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Riders up!

Riders up!


Ex duris gloria

Glory through suffering. The Rapha motto sprang into my mind as we headed towards the day's climb, Bradley-Tweed. Not particularly long or steep, this climb becomes a different animal in hot weather. No record exists of our efforts to conquer it today; we were too focused on the task at hand. But, the toll was clearly visible on the rider's faces.

Suffering...just a bit.

Suffering...just a bit.


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puncture! then a cafe stop... 

Out of practice? Not a problem, as there's always someone willing to lend a hand with changing your flat. Just ask!

Apres-Puncture, we rejoined the main group at Boxer Donut. The perfect place to refuel for the ride home.

Homeward bound

Refueled and refreshed, we held a quick pace until the Market were a few riders made a left turn to tackle some steeper gradients. The main group soldiered on, up and over state line. I was with the group that made headed for steeper hills, and we had a blast pushing ourselves mentally and physically.
We regrouped at the top, then held a brisk paceline to rejoin the others.

Regrouping at the top

Regrouping at the top

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Thanks for the ride

Special thanks to Susanna, today's ride leader.


Here's a video version of the above