Saying Goodbye to Fall
Well, as Clay wrote about last week it is suddenly mid-November, the time of year that feels very much in limbo. Somewhere between fall and the harshness of winter, with some of the squad fighting off fatigue as the final stretch of CX season approaches, others starting to think about 2019 road season, and some others still trying to recover from the 2018 road season. For my part, cyclocross goals for this season have been squashed under the weight of real world obligations and an uncooperative back that has me stuck in PT at least once per week. Thanks to the latter in the past two weeks I think I have managed a grand total of 90 minutes on the bike during the work week, which is not helpful in the slightest to my Project85 goals.
Thankfully with some serious massage work I have managed to sneak onto a bike each of the past two weekends. Between our big adventure ride and marathon escorting on Sunday the first weekend of the month provided a spectacular few hours of riding. Unfortunately my back was less cooperative this past weekend and I had to severely limit my mileage. But with the squad rolling nearly a dozen deep on Saturday morning and the fall foliage on River Road in full bloom the real world stress quickly faded away even if my tender back was a reminder of my physical limitations at the moment. We had a crew headed to Bear and points North that I couldn’t join, but a spin to the market and back wound up being just what the doctor ordered, mentally and physically.
While the fall color may not stick around much longer here’s hoping that we will have a few more weekends of reasonable weather before we settle in for another dreary winter riding bikes in New York City. But hey, at least there are only 115 days to go until the Grant’s Tomb Criterium?
Making the most of one of the last weekends to feature fall foliage before winter settles onto NYC
This weekend, a band of TBDers ventured north to seek those open pastures of congestion-free roads and a sizable dose of Autumn color. With a mix of gear, from slick-tired ‘cross bikes to aero road bikes with rim brakes, we came to party.
It’s officially that time of year: when we chase fall colors as they make their way down the Hudson Valley
A road trip through the Appalachian Mountains, with plenty of time on two wheels during the height of fall foliage. Featuring Paris Mountain, Mount Mitchell and Vesuvius (the one in Virginia)
Images excerpted from the most recent entry on the To Be Determined Journal.
Taking a much needed break from real life with some of our favorite roads for hunting fall color.
Corey Morenz reminds us that you don’t have to race CX to enjoy the beautiful fall foliage and trails the greater New York area has to offer:
It is officially official: leaf peeping season is here.To help NYC based riders select their rides during these precious few weekends with (hopefully) beautiful weather and even more beautiful color we compiled a few of our favorite leaf peeping rides from New York City
While riding the dirt roads from reservoir to reservoir in Westchester County we may have missed out on our dam goal but we had a damn fine day on the bike.