Fast Friday

Team Time Trial Ride
One of the most beautiful stages of the Tour de France is the team time trial.  We try to replicate that here with our 40K (25.5 mile) courses that foster a true sense of camaraderie because we all share the work at the front and return with an impressive average that reflects all of our participation.

Your fellow riders are your teammates here, not your competitors.  You don’t need a TT bike (although they are welcome), TT helmet, or any of the fancy gear.  All you need is standard road gear and a desire to ride fast in a team setting.  Come out and give it a try!

Safety first.  We always call out turns, sand, pot holes, cars back, etc. This is a BIG DEAL.  No exceptions.  While "racers" tend to do this very subtly, we do not.  "CAR BACK!"  "SAND!"  "HOLE!"
We ride as a team.  There is no showboating here.  This is a team time trial event, where all riders pull their weight and contribute what they can for the team's overall time/speed.  We have no sweepers, so if you drop, you must know how to get back.
TT BIKES: You may ride in your drops when you pull--but you are still responsible for calling out and pointing out hazards in the road.  If you can’t come out of your drops to call out a hazard, don’t bring that bike. Also, while in the pace line, YOU NEVER RIDE IN YOUR DROPS.  This is a roadie rule.  We want your hands near your brakes.
Warm up: there is none.  Let me say that again.  If you need a massive warm up, ride to the ride start and/ or bring your trainer and ride like a maniac in the parking lot beforehand, LOL.
I tend to take the first pull.  We roll out and spin up to 24 mph, trying to maintain a minimum speed of 24mph for the entire ride.  You will hurt in the first five miles.  This is normal.
During the ride, we WILL slow down considerably for turns, stop for any RED LIGHTS, and obey all traffic laws.
PULLS: when the guy in front of you gets off (signaling by waving his elbow or tapping a fist on his butt), maintain his speed until he gets back into the pace line.  Don't reward the puller for his fine work by suddenly accelerating from 24mph to 28mph while he's trying to catch his breath.  If you plan to increase speed, do it very gradually so we can all follow. Conversely, if the guy's pulling at 28mph, comes off, and you can't hold, then you get out of there and don't slow the group.  Protect the pace and don't take a long pull if you can't maintain.  You do the group a favor by getting off before you slow us all down.  Always look back first before you come off the front, and always stay tight as you roll back to the last wheel.  The last man in the pace line will call out, "LAST WHEEL!"
Soft pedaling: when we ride tight at faster speeds, the danger factor increases considerably if the group slows down abruptly, especially when we hit wind.  Do everyone a favor and leave a little more gap on windy days.
You might think you need to get tighter, but yo-yoing can quickly lead to a crash.  With that slightly larger gap, you can soft pedal a lot more, instead of braking a lot and/or coasting too much. Every time you stop pedaling, you send an alarm into the guy behind you.  Just remember that.
FLATS/MECHANICALS:  We all stop.  The average we keep is a rolling average, so stopping to fix a flat will only cost us a few tenths.  We will not leave anyone alone to fix a problem on this ride.  If we can't fix the problem,
we'll finish the ride, then drive back to pick up our comrade.
Most of the veterans of this ride know the roads very well.  We know every pothole, every sandy section, and we know which parts of the roads are protected from wind and which are not.  This gives us an advantage over new
riders, as we are better able to dose out our effort.  If you're new to the ride, I would advise keeping your pulls short and fast, so you can get a feel for the overall course and learn where and when to apply power.
At the end of the ride there is usually a surge in the pace and a final sprint point if anyone wants it, but if we are doing our jobs right, we should have left all our excessive energy on the course.  Again, we are working as a team to pull the group as quickly as possible to the finish. If guys run out of steam at this point and drop off, no problem.  The ride is over.  I stop the clock when I get to a designated spot at the end of the road.  We always compete against our fastest recorded time.

A Group

(for experienced riders only, and you must be able to pull at
25.5 Miles
Pace 24+ mph
Rolls out at 7:00 am OR 7:30 am depending upon DST.
Currently, we have two courses for this ride.
The Winter Springs Town Center course takes us down 434 to Florida Ave, then we follow Lockwood all the way down to Old Lockwood and hang a right on McCulloch Road to loop back up Lockwood, returning the same way we came. The last two roads, Florida Ave and 434, become our last two chances to chip away at the clock and make up any time lost on the course.  We usually drop the hammer for the last three miles up 434 and hit the hill under the bridge for a last surge home.
The Fort Christmas Road course is the same route as our Top Gun Tuesday ride, only we leave from Cornerstone Baptist Church on Snowhill Road and loop all the way down to Highway 50 and back.  This ride start location is subject to change.
If you are on our email list, you’ll be notified which course we are using for that particular week and any other important details.

Ride leaders

Peter Telep
Peter Telep

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