Thursday, November 7, 2019
Arizona Single Speeders!
Soooooo I was done for the week and all was good, that evening I got an invite on strava from the Arizon Single Speeders club. I have gotten them in the past but brushed it off due to timing and location. But this one struck my interest, Gold Canyon at 8am. I need more interaction and brotherhood so I asked my wife if it was cool. Knowing her schedule and asking her to hang w the boy was easy and when she thought it was a good idea I was hesitantly excited. I went over the outcomes in my head and decided to just say screw it. SO with 75 miles under me already there I was heading for Gold Canyon with no expectations other than to eb friendly and have fun. I got there and was surprised to see 10-13 in a bike group. I thought this couldn't be the single speeders theres way too many, sure enough as I rolled up it was them. I killed a few minutes of time to save some awkward community time cause I am weird like that and then I joined the pile and had a few hellos and admired the stable f beautiful single speeded bikes. I was with my people, we had a range of people in their 30s and above it seemed and racer lookers down to me the guy in baggies and flats. There was two other rigids and we rolled into Gold Canyon deraileeurless and I put myself safely at the back of the pack. The ride kicked off at a quick pace and I quickly enjoyed by rear of the pack decision. In a trail of dust we tackled technical climbs which some lost and won but immediately I was impressed with each riders skillset. We rolled on and I was really enjoying the ride, we stopped a few times for turns and was glad to be with the group. We lost one guy who just wasn't ready for the group so off we went 12 further into the ride. It was nice to have my mind off my issues and being distracted by brotherhood of "nice job" "whooooooooos" and many other words of encouragement and fun. By mid ride I was moving up the pack, like I said I was enjoying my rear of the group but some were struggling with the technical and definitely not the strength of cardio stuff. After 90ish minutes of stop and go and good company, I was reaching my time limit, I debated asking for more time but I already asked for alot so I rolled out solo relishing in the awesome experience I just had. Hope to ride with these guys again soon. I forget us singlespeeders are a special bunch.