The Team Two Wheel Shop Ride was last night. The quick run-down is that we had about a dozen people including two women. The group stayed together fairly well with re-groupings at the top of the first hill past the cemeteries on the way out, again at the beginning and end of Riverside State Park and at the top of Doomsday hill. The weather was great and I think everyone had a good time.
I do have one complaint, however. A few people dropped off the ride in the last number of blocks with really poor excuses like "I gotta get home" or "thanks for the ride", but that meant there were fewer people back at the shop to eat the pizza! Why should I be forced to eat someone else's pizza! Can't they do us the courtesy to show up and eat their own damn pizza? Why the nerve of some people.
So, speaking of pizza, the last official Team Two Wheel shop ride will be on Thursday, Sept. 2nd. Two Wheel Transit will be hosting other shop rides on each Thursday between now and then, but this is the "official" Team Two Wheel ride where your ride leaders are guaranteed to be team members and bloggers on this channel. Well, I shouldn't unnecessarily accuse my team mates of blogging, but you get the idea. Anyway, the David's Pizza - Emergency Pizza Response vehicle will be there to dole out fresh, hot slices of 'za for everyone on hand for the season-ending shop ride.
I, personally, would love to see a large turn-out for the last ride not just because I like the camaraderie and entertainment of a large group, but because I think it would be a nice way to thank the new owners of Two Wheel Transit for jumping into the cycling scene and trying to help the cycling community in a number of ways. The owners at Two Wheel have contributed bikes, money and energy to a number of causes this year, including, and this is just what I can recall off-hand (it is important to never sully my blogging with actual facts, fact-checking or research), the Christmas Fund, a local homeless shelter, Bike to Work, SpokeFest, Summer Parkways, Moms in Motion and, of course, the shop rides and Team Two Wheel. The owners and employees at Two Wheel Transit genuinely enjoy cycling in all of its forms and participate in commuting, racing and riding out of real appreciation for our sport and its participants. So, what better way to say "thanks" for helping make our community a better place to cycle than to come along on a friendly ride and then eat pizza? I can't think of a better deal than that, can you?
So, right now, while we are talking about, put Thursday, Sept 2, 5.30 pm on your calendar and plan to join us for a few miles of riding and some David's Pizza afterward.