CR Briefing - MAY 18.

Posted by Chip Hemmel on 18 May 2017

CR BRIEFING; THOREAUBACK THURSDAY.

Good morning gang!

Glad to see that many of you got out for some saddle time last night. To those who were riding out Oriskany way: Bobby Carey -- our Co-Head Shephard -- noticed you and mentioned at the Shepherd's briefing last night that he got a little emotional (in a good way) when he rolled by and saw all those little "license plates" hanging form the saddles; noting that you're all working hard to get your rides in. 

Speaking of the briefing a big thank you to BME for being such gracious and attentive hosts for out briefing and for the various snacks and drinks, including Chobani drinks. "Chobani" derives from a Persian word meaning 'shepherd" -- how 'bout that for cool factoid of the evening. BME also supplies the office equipment that cranks out our posters. 

Okay gang; if you're short CR's we expect to see your smiling faces at PAR tonight. If not; Jenna Stefka is working on a "made my minimum so I'm headed for the lovely hills to the north" ride.

CR WEATHER:

Hot, sticky and a chance of thunderstorms. If thunder and lightning are imminent we'll find a spot to "shelter in place."

L to R: TIME;TEMP; DEW POINT; RH; SKY; WIND

6:00 pm 82 °F 65 °; 55% Chnc of a T'storm 12 mph WSW
7:00 pm 81 °F 65 ° 60% Chnc of a T'storm 10 mph W
8:00 pm 77 °F 66 °; 69% Chnc of a T'storm 7 mph W

UNIFORM OF THE DAY: “As little as possible.” A/K/A moisture managing lightweight cover.

ON TOP: A short-sleeved or sleeveless wicking base layer under your bike jersey. You may also wish to have a bandana (du rag) or cap to protect your noggin. 

PLEASE NOTE: While a rain coat would be nice in the event a storm; you'll bake like a potato and/or steam like vegetables in this heat. I'd plan to drip dry. Opt for a towel, and dry clothes in the car; just in case.

BELOW THE WAIST: I’d go with bike shorts. You’ll want your light-weight wool or synthetic socks and bike gloves. 

AS ALWAYS: Have your RoadID, shades, sunblock, lip balm and a snack or two; two water bottles — one full with water; one with some sports drink — or more water if you're bringing energy chews or "bloks" as snacks - see "Fuel" post below - (3/29). 

DON'T FORGET YOUR MEDS: If you use an inhaler or epi-pen, please have them with you. 

DON'T FORGET YOUR HELMET...IT'S A MUST!
— AND —
LIGHTS, FORE AND AFT, IF YOU HAVE THEM.

Please have a spare inner tube, some tire levers and a means to inflate the tube should you need to use it. Speaking of inflation of tires; please top them off before arriving — check the sidewall but most of you will be looking for somewhere around 100 - 120 PSI. If you're not sure about this part; please bring your pump in the car with you.

REMEMBER: LIMITED SAG SUPPORT - so please plan for items you can wear or stuff easily in your saddlebag or pockets.

We'll roll from PAR at 5:45.

It's "Thoreauback Thursday" and here's our weekly dose of Henry:

"By the way there came up a shower...I found myself suddenly in the shadow of a cloud, and the thunder began to rumble with such emphasis that I could do no more than listen to it. The gods must be proud, thought I, with such forked flashes to rout a poor unarmed fisherman. So I made haste for shelter to the nearest hut...."

- from WALDEN