That time of the year is here again RLCT June 7&8 2014
RLCT is an annual 352 km round trip, Ottawa to Kingston return in 2 days or 176km/day. A ride that get’s us all excited every year. This year however it was excitement mixed with some apprehension … Apprehension because of the poor weather for training, limiting training miles. I dare not say poor spring weather, but let’s say our extended winter weather. Apprehension because this is the first year I will be doing this ride (my 6th consecutive RLCT, my first was in 2009) without my trusted training buddy Pete. Buddy, you were truly missed by all on the ride and we all appreciated you coming out for dinner with the team on Saturday night.
On Friday we packed up Vern’s truck and left TO at around 12:30 with all the goodies, bikes, food and clothes including Vern’s shoes :). Laughs along the way, a pit stop for gas and we are in Ottawa Algonquin campus by 5pm Friday evening.
Dinner as usual at the Red Lobster, maybe we should try something different next year. I left Vern and Lil Pete at the dorm and went off too Killy’s place to make sandwiches for the next day on the ride. An early night, by 10pm I am in bed and before I know it, it’s 5am.
I am excited to get on my bike and rollout. I am so looking forward to punishing myself for the next 176 km. Something terrible must be wrong with me!
Maybe I am a masochist. The truth is I love riding my bike and this ride you learn a bit of who you are, and what you can do.
The crew meet up early in the morning about 6:15am on Saturday – Vern, Lil Pete, Ghislain, Killy our trusted support truck driver, Marjolaine (Ghislain’s wife) and myself.
We are off at 7:15am with an easy roll to get warmed up. All the time with our objective in mind, we need to finish and manage or resources properly, due to lack of training miles.
A few faster crews go by, some cyclists friendly enough to ask, “Hey where are you guys from?” Well the answer is always the same, Montreal and Pickering because that where we are from.
We roll into Perth 78km into the ride and we make a pit stop for water and food and we are back on the road again. We rolled into Queen’s University campus for a total of 6 hrs in the saddle. Not a bad effort for guys who have not had a lot of road training miles. It was important to manage our energy resources, at times we chose to sit behind a fast rolling pack and not over extend ourselves.
At Queen’s University I am so tempted to have a beer at the beer garden, but I opt for a recovery drink instead. I should have had the damn beer 🙂
Once at the hotel, I got cleaned up, did the normal stretching, a light massage and elevated my legs, where I believe I promptly fell asleep. A short while later, I got up and went out for dinner at Milestones, downtown Kingston where Pete joined us.
We retired early that night again, at about 9:45pm.
Where did the time go? It’s 5am Sunday morning, time to roll. We grab some quick breakfast and get back to meet up with the rest of the crew to rollout at 7am.
We start at 7am and in less than 5 minutes into the ride I remembered why I hate the return trip of this ride. I am not even warmed up and we are climbing, the same hill we descended the day before. Oh how I wish we were going the other way right about now. Soon enough we are all warmed up and ready to go. Yeah Baby! Bring it on! We are rolling along now!
I am eager to get through Westport as that’s the biggest hill we will climb all day it’s a 14% grade then levels off to 8-9%, after that, we can fly to the end.
We get into Ottawa in 5hrs 58mins saddle time. Not bad for just having fun, I believe everyone had a good ride and some fun.
I am so ready to sign up for next year, hope my buddy Pete is back with us in 2015.by hummingbirdscc