I signed up for My First Fondo training clinic organized by Cycling BC. The first session started on Wednesday and was probably the wettest evening I had been out in quite a while. I decided to ride my hybrid bike, as I hadn’t ridden the Cervelo in rain, and didn’t know if we would any real riding that day.
After signing waivers and getting an overview of the next 14 weeks, we introduced ourselves and mentioned our experience level etc. We were then organized into groups according to ability. Not sure how this happened, but I got put in the “Fast” group. Nearly everyone lese had braved the rain and ridden their road bike. I had the slowest bike, and was in the “fastest” group. We went for a short ride up Ontario street (The clinic is held at Creekside Community Centre near Olympic village at the foot of Ontario street). I mentioned that I had a R3 and that my riding style and fit etc shouldn’t be judged on what they were seeing that day, as the hybrid was definitely not optimized at that time.
Most people are like myself with limited road bike riding experience, but are keen to tackle this challenging ride in September.
Thursday morning I skipped the Spin Class as I had to be at work a bit earlier than normal, and did the UBC hill ride, taking two minutes off my best time so far.
Saturday, I did the Marine Drive UBC course, riding up the hill behind Spanish banks, just as it started to rain. Ended up doing the rest of the remaining 20km in the rain. Note to self – buy booties for the bike shoes. There, I had now ridden in the rain with the R3.
Then this morning, I revisited last week’s attempt at the base of Grouse Mtn, and made it! The last 500m was according to my GPS about a 15% climb. I was able to sit on the seat and pedal up the hill at about 6km/h using the lowest gear. The gentleman who took the picture for me mentioned that the tires looked soft. I told him I had pumped them up the day before and that they were at the proper pressure.
Two days later.
I checked the pressure again and it seems I made the newbie mistake – forgot to undo the presta valve lock mechanism. I have been riding the past few weeks with under inflated tires. I have now figured this out, and pumped up the tires. Guess I was lucky no serious damage occurred to me or the bike on the past few rides.