This past Friday, about 14 riders decided to opt outside and burn off some Thanksgiving calories with a 50 mile ride from Pedal Works in Delmar. It was a little chilly at the start, but light winds ensured that things stayed pleasant and manageable for everyone.
On Saturday, OVC wrapped up the Brewery Series with a final fun ride from RAR Brewing in Cambridge. A stellar crowd of almost 30 rides from all over the Shore (including several local Cambridge Multi-Sport riders) rolled out under sunny skies for 59 miles of mostly easy spinning. Temps were over 60F and the peloton enjoyed soaking up some sun.
The results and in! Delmarva cyclists once again voted with their pedals and continue to express a strong preference for brewery rides! For the fifth week in a row, OVC convened at a local brewery for a few hours of solid riding through Delmarva. This week’s installment left from Rubber Soul in north Salisbury. About 25 riders braved chilly conditions and rolled out under sunny skies for over 50 miles of endurance riding.
For the 4th week in a row, OVC enjoyed a fantastic fall ride from a local brewery. About 25 riders rolled from Tall Tales in Parsonsburg for a little over 50 miles of steady cruising around Wicomico and Worcester Counties. The group was treated to a tailwind for the first half of the ride and was fortunately secluded in the woods for most of the return.
The third week of OVC’s Brewery Series brought the club to the First State’s most famous craft brewer -- Dogfish Head in Milton. Around 35 riders were treated to sunny skies and unseasonably mild temps as they pedaled around eastern Sussex County. Big kudos to Jamie and Fran for planning a great route and for marshalling the group all morning. This pair had their noses in the wind all ride and deserve all the credit for the day’s success.
On Saturday, cyclists from all over the Shore and points beyond converged at Berlin’s Burley Oak Brewery for OVC’s biggest ride of the year. Mother Nature served up a perfect day and the cycling community responded. A magnificent peloton of over 80 riders rolled smoothly through 54 miles of scenic Worcester County back roads. Luckily, the floodwaters had receded and the group’s trip to Public Landing was clear and unimpeded. Kudos to all the OVC riders who marshaled the front and rear, allowing the pack to safely cruise through intersections and maintain cohesion. Thanks also to Ocean City’s Continental Cycles who again provided SAG support for our crew.
OVC rolled out from SG today for the 2016 Seagull Century. We had a couple groups that accommodated all abilities. Both the A and B rides were a testament of how a group working together can accomplish things that each individual rider thought were not possible.
Undeterred by a little wet stuff, OVC rolled out of SG as scheduled this morning for the final Sea Gull prep ride. Rule 5 and Rule 9 were strictly observed. Glenn, Scott A., and Roscoe -- three guys who aren’t into trainers -- altered the route a bit and headed south to see what all the fuss was about. The trio learned a few lessons. Number 1: you can ride a road bike through 18 inches of moving water. Number 2: it takes about 11 minutes to ford Nassawango Creek under flood conditions. Also, it rained a lot.
With a handful of riders rolling from Salisbury, nine OVC racers -- Mark, Roscoe, Caleb, Frankie, Mario, Bill, Jim D., Sonny, and Rick W. -- hit the road for Dover’s Pedal Away Prostate Cancer Race. Although the event is open to all riders, it’s a national qualifier for the Senior Olympics and has drawn quality competition for the last several years. This year, approximately 80 racers lined up Saturday morning for a fast 25 miles.