Yes, the blogger is a little behind in ride posts! But this rainy day is a perfect day to catch-up!

Satruday (16 Sep 17) Welcome to a Guest Rider: The SOB riders were joined by Joe’s cycling buddy Stu Carter from the “low level state” of AZ. Stu is a long time rider who formed the Air Force Cycling Team way back when; and, is very active in promoting cycling with Veterans in Sierra Vista, AZ. He made a quick visit to Santa Fe on his way home from “pilot training” for his blind stoker conducted at the US Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. We welcomed Stu to the “high country” with a brisk 30+ mile, 17+ MPH ride through La Cienega, across Bonanza Creek Road and back up Hwy 14.  He earned is strips when we dialed in a 20 headwind for the climb up Hwy 14. What’s a fast pace, altitude and a nice brisk wind among friends!! At the Allsup’s Gas Station we parked in our designated parking spaces; and finished the ride at the Capital Bar and Grill.  Stu loves our group!! Thanks for all who joined in the ride!! (Ed behind the lens).

Tuesday (19 Sep 17) Beautiful day to Ride:  This morning the SOB Riders headed out on a 46 mile, 16+ MPH loop around city; it was a beautiful day to ride!!  Down Rabbit Road, around IAIA, with a power climb to the cell tower (at Larry’s request). Tom smoked us all on the climb!! At the top we clicked the group picture (Tom behind the lens) then headed to La Cienega and the climb to the water tower. By then, we were all out of gas for the steep final climb to the water tower!! Heading around the airport, we were in good “pace line form” (action shot with Tom behind the lens). Looks like we are getting the hang of this “paceline thing”.

Thursday (21 Sep 17) Some went out and back; some went around the loop: Another beautiful day to ride! The SOB Group ride was the 53+ mile El Rito Loop. We headed out from the Chevron Station toward El Rita. We are getting into this “pace line thing” with a rapid 20 MPH paceline ride to the El Rito turnoff. Then it was a trailing wind that pushed us to El Rita and the El Rita Ranger Station. SURPRISE!! The Ranger Station was OPEN!! It was a refreshing break – clean restrooms and water bottle resupply. We then headed East for the climb over the summit and the YAHOO 45+ MPH rocket descent down the other side.The final push from Ojo Client to the Rio Chama Chevron station was as expected… into the wind!! Overall… not a bad day of cycling… 17+ MPH; 2,500+ ft of climb. After the ride we found a new place to lunch… The Sopapilla Factory Restaurant in Pojoaque! (Picture complements of the Restaurant  Staff!)




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