Last year, SOB Riders rarely missed a scheduled ride November – January. This year, it is a different story!! Cold temperatures, strong winds, snow, sleet and ice made for less than desirable cycling conditions. However, the SOB riders were undeterred! Sunny, blue cold skies always had a way of luring us back on the road. We updated our cycling wardrobe to include cold weather, fleece lined, windstopper jackets and bib tights; shoe cover; cold weather full fingered gloves; wool socks; and an assortment of head covers.Yes… we have even seen electric socks and glove warmers!! We were ready to ride in November – January!!
Some riders got out more rides in January than others; some even opted to take advantage of the spectacular winter to get back on skis!! But we all responded to the call of the road, weather permitting. Here is a recap of just SOME of the November, December and January rides…
In November, after Thanksgiving, a few hardy riders gathered to ride under sunny, blue skies! They braved the cold temperatures Tuesday, November 27 for a ride out the old Las Vegas Highway; followed by a Thursday, 29 November ride from 599 Station!! Even winter rides require “nourishment of the soul” after the ride!! (Mike behind the lens)
In December ride opportunities were bleak; however a few hardy SOB Cold Weather Warriors gathered under sunny blue skies for rides to Waldo Canyon (Mike behind the lens).
In January, the weather tested SOB Riders were back on the road in force for numerous rides. 8 January, we departed the 599n Station a 24 mile ride to the Cell Towers and Waldo Canyon (after ride lunch at the Blue Corn Cafe and Brewery) (Joe behind the lens)
10 January, MikeD lead us on a 38+ mile Tour de Albuquerque (after ride lunch at El Pinto). It was great to find slightly warmer riding weather. We carpooled to the Sandia Pueblo Rail Runner Station because the train schedule was not favorable for our ride start time. We ended up logging 1,200+ ft of climb; and averaged 15+MPH. Lunch at El Pinto was welcomed treat after the ride. (Mike behind the lens)
After our Tour de Albuquerque, we continued our winter riding with a 38+ mile ride to Galisteo on 17 Jan; and a 30+ mile loop around south Santa Fe on 31 Jan. Now into February, we continue to find days to get in the saddle.
IN FEBRUARY (Full update at the end of the month)…We continue to ride!! We had a large turn out for a Valentine’s Day Ride from Museum Hill; and MikeD is planning a “Return to Albuquerque” ride soon. Keep watching the SOB Blog and #sfsobsf for ride updates and schedule changes. Dustoff your cold weather riding gear, layer up and JOIN US ON THE ROAD IN FEBRUARY!!
IT’S JUST ANOTHER OPPORTUNITY TO PARTICIPATE IN AN AWESOME SOB ADVENTURE!!