The Monday Social Ride has been going strong for at least 12 years, since I moved to College Station in 2002. I still remember my first social ride. This was before the days of Google Maps on the phone, and I was terrified of getting lost and separated from the group. I stuck behind the group leader like a burr, and I paid careful attention to how we’d gone in case I needed to retrace my steps.
I didn’t need to fear, I wasn’t dropped, but the next week the previous ride leader couldn’t make it. Someone else needed to take over. I said I thought I could remember most of the route if someone would help me. I’ve been the unofficial “Fearless Leader” ever since. 🙂 It’s been an awesome Monday night journey; I’ve met a lot of people on the ride.
If you get a chance, come out and join us. Beginners welcome, faster people will need to slow down to make the pace comfortable for everyone to ride and talk. Think: recovery ride. No fancy bike is required.
Here are the ride details.
Departure: 6 pm Monday
Route: http://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=5881835 or http://ridewithgps.com/routes/4684741
Distance: ~20 usually, but the short route is ~15 if needed.
Meeting place: TAMUs Research Park, on Technology Loop, nearest shade to the south bridge by the duck pond. Free car parking available.
Pace: Suitable for beginners, no-drop.
Required items: helmets, flat change kit, water; lights when it gets dark earlier
Strongly suggested: headlights, taillights, food, cell phone