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NAHBS 2010 - Sunday Morning Ride
photos by Ira Ryan
An early morning ride on a Sunday is a great way to start the day, or end the weekend depending on how you look at it. This past weekend, with the help of Joel and Donna from Carytown Bicycle Company we got to do just that. The twenty-ish mile looping route took us through the back streets of Richmond, Virginia, down next to the James River and then popped us out to the top of the cobbled climb that was near the finish of the U.S. Open Cycling Championships couple years ago. Remember the one that Svein Tuft won? Reports of the number of people on this ride ranged from 50-80 depending on who you ask.
Despite the early start time a number of people showed up to partake in a viewing of Richmond atop the bicycle. The brisk weather made for a jaunty pace from the onset, but not so fast that people were not able to chat with one another. Or Chris Distefano was not able to point out a few stones lining the road know as Memory Lane This is one of the only moments all weekend when it was possible to relax, if even for a few moments. I got to catch up with Jon from Moots about our upcoming collaboration for the most recent addition to our Rapha Continental family. And I did not realize it at the time, but Jon was also the one who took the win at Cross Vegas in the Industry Cup besting some of the best racers from within the cycling industry in the world. He was also riding a Moots Cross bike with filetread tires on Sunday, so you know that guy is serious.
Also, this was the only time that Mike Spriggs (Gage&Desoto) and I were able to catch up and catch up we did. He was riding his vintage De Rosa. And we got to talking about the show, publications and even riding in Belgium this time of year. I was saddened earlier in the weekend when I realized that Mike's counterpart on (Cassette), Kaiko, did not make it to Richmond. I was hoping to show off the new Women's line to her. She has done nothing but hound me for Women's specific clothing over the course of the past year or so and we had the entire line of Women's clothing on hand to show off. Alas, next time.
Chris Igleheart was one of the framebuilders that I know is always going to turn up at these events. Whenever there is a ride happening, he will be there. Mr. Igleheart is also one of the the builders that we have associated with for our Continental project, he made two bikes actually —one for Dan Action and one for Sam Richardson — and if there is one thing that I know will bring Chris out of the garage it is a good bicycle ride. Earlier this year he visited Portland to participate in the Oregon Manifest show and of course the Constructors Challenge. It is great to see a guy like Chris getting out to everything that he can. After more than 25 years in the business (building for Fat City Cycles, Rhygin, and now Igleheart Custom Cycles) I love, love, love the fact that he is one of these builders
The ride ended just in time for the exhibitors like Pete Smith (Mad Alchemy Embrocations) and Slate and Carey to head back into the show, but there was one more thing that we needed to check off our list before we put down the bike for the day. I do not know if it was Whit Yost (Pavé) who put this last little section together, but in the weeks leading up to the ride I kept harassing him to find us some actual pavé to ride on throughout our route. Especially since Het Volk and KBK were happening the same weekend. What I did not realize until I was actually on top of the stones was that this spot actually had some significance in American Cycling, even if it was fairly recent. That was a great realization.
Jon Woodroof (TwoTone) from Atlanta was there as well and had great things to say about the head to toe Rapha that he was rocking (looking good my friend) but also about his Kazane road bike that was making its maiden voyage on this ride. Jon spent the majority of the ride on the front until he and Tony Pereira floated up and away on the cobbles to sprint it out for the "win" at the top of the climb. No word yet on who actually won.
There were no incidents on the ride either, which is something that one always worries about when riding in a new city. The people that showed up were amazing and the town more than accommodating to cyclists. Which, was maybe because we did not actually see any vehicular traffic at all. But on the other hand the warm reception that seems to follow the NAHBS wherever it goes continues again this year with Richmond.
- Last week was a great one for Rapha Condor JLT, all the action and images now up on the team site: http://t.co/ftBejPnnCJ
- RT @alainrumpf: Well done @mike_cuming and @raphacondorjlt winner of #TdK2013 under the scrutiny of latest drone… http://t.co/gv81uP9mHP
- In their attempt to cross the US in 24 days, @michaeltabtabai & Andrew Hudon will ‘Leave It On The Road’. → http://t.co/Per6QsCAtt
- We are delighted to announce the opening of a one-month, pop-up @RaphaCycleClub in Tokyo this summer from 22/6–21/7 → http://t.co/Jrc0EKZ9ky
- Huge congratulations to @raphacondorjlt’s @mike_cuming for winning the @TourdeKorea2013 and to @tomsoutham for best DS. #TdK2013
- @danfromnam in Corsica — outtake from our 2013 Spring/Summer shoot #corsica #beningstagram http://t.co/03A7pT9mtj
- Winner Winner Chicken Dinner ! The most important jersey of #TdK2013 hot off the press. http://t.co/Pflx0eUfdv”
- What a day... The boys keep Mike Cuming in yellow, after having to chase all day. Great performance by all.
- Just rehearsing the whole of Pacino's speech from Any Given Sunday to recite to the boys...
- UK: Thanks to all who came to to tonight’s Rapha Étape Evening in London with @CyclefitUK — one of our biggest turnouts yet.