Steel City

The women from the Steel City Endurance Racing Team made the trek down to RTR for a long weekend of cycling  majesty.

The pace was steady yet relaxed and as they articulated on their site ‘riding not racing.’ For me a nice and timely distinction.  I like both.  Equally.

I have gone from fully loaded unsupported cross country touring to high stakes crit racing with a career as a bike messenger thrown in for good measure.  The separate lanes of the discipline all complement each other and as you go back and forth across the  distinctions, the intensities sway and shift as each return feels fresh again. The two sides of the same coin yin/yang effect.  For me it is the only way to work it.

Any group of riders or group ride is a collaboration of sorts, even if one person is aggressively dictating the pace and others are either resisting or following.  Usually it is multi varied and an entire cast of characters determines the overall feel or motion.  This is abstract and not necessarily something that needs to be measured or monitored, but generally after an active group ride one has been lifted or at least moved and pressed in some way (i.e., affected).

In smaller group outings a consensus takes place.  Objectives, goals and ideas are factored in.  This seemed to be evident with the Steel City riders.  Mostly even, but with some in different places they kept it smooth and rolled out the miles without excessive angling.  This was refreshing for me as well as a respite for my legs after multiple camps and ensuing races.

Simply put I follow the groups lead (even though I am ‘ride leader’) and if I offer them a diversionary fork and they take it I may offer two more.

The weather was good.  The scenery was good and the atmosphere dictated some nice stops.  No one resisted.

This isn’t to say some hard riding and conditioning didn’t occur.  That is the by product.  The beauty of said diversionary trek.  It comes with the terrain in Lost River and gravity as well as the barn’s mailing address determines the outcome.  The riders determine the subplot and when the two mesh well the time is usually well spent.


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