For the locals: Want to ride some pavement and gravel roads in the beautiful Frederick countryside? On Saturday, July 14th I'll lead something I've dubbed the 1903 Adventure Ride. Why 1903? In 1903 the first Tour de France was held. The roads were rough and unpaved. For this ride we'll seek out the same conditions. We'll head west up the mountain where you can expect gravel, ruts, bumps and even a large stream to ford. From there we'll head south in search of more unpaved roads in the Jefferson area before working our way back through the city of Frederick. Fixed gear bikes not required but since that's all they rode in the first TdF we encourage you to suffer like those early pioneers. Heck, fill your water bottles with wine just like those guys did and make it a party. Recommended tires of 28mm or larger. Distance will be 50 miles, pace and difficulty will be moderate. Cue sheets will be available in case you need them. Meet at The Bicycle Escape at 9am for the start, directions to the shop are here. You can check out the route here.
Overall the weather here has been great for riding. The knee seems to be healing up but not completely recovered. Rode 20+ miles at Patapsco on Saturday and tried not to over do it. Kept it light and short on Sunday with some road/gravel combo that will be on the ride described above. Things were feeling good but 2 days later hurting again. Strange. Did a fun ride with a big group of guys and girls on the 4th out at the Watershed and Gambrill. Mr. Camp showed up, always a fun guy to ride with. His recent post about his love for the Shed had me send him a last minute invite to come play rock games with us. The plan is to head up his way today to do a shorty at Michaux. Weather-wise a little much needed rain has moved in and the temps are slated to head up, but it all looks like there will still be good biking weather ahead.