Good morning everyone. Mission Control reports we are GO for launch.
We have a tradition here of providing a morning briefing on CR days. The comments are my best advice for those who don't already know what they may wish to, or should, wear. So, for those of you new to this space, we present CR Briefing 2018 - 01.
RIDE WEATHER: Temperature at "launch" is predicted to be in the upper 30’s; climbing into the low 40’s with just enough humidity to keep you from thinking you'r pedaling across the Gobi Desert. We’ll have abundant sunshine and light winds.
The DEETS: (Please Note: DP is "dew point" and RH is 'relative humidity")
TIME; TEMP; DP; RH; SKY; WIND:
10:00 am; 35 °F; 23 °F; 61%; Sunny; 5 mph WSW
11:00 am; 39 °F; 22 °F; 51%; Sunny; 5 mph SW
12:00 pm; 43 °F; 22 °F; 44%; Sunny; 6 mph SW
UNIFORM OF THE DAY: Moisture managing lightweight warmth.
ON TOP: A wicking base under a light long sleeve insulating layer or arm warmers with your bike jersey as the outer layer. You may want a lightweight jacket or vest and may also wish to have your Buff and a bandana (du rag), beanie or cap.
BELOW THE WAIST: I’d go with bike shorts with leg warmers; 3/4 length (Capri’s) bottoms or full length tights; depending on what you have available. You’ll also want your mid-weight wool or synthetic socks; full finger gloves or glove liners under your bike gloves to start.
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.
DON'T FORGET YOUR MEDS: If you use an inhaler or epi-pen, please have them with you. You may want to let on elf our ERT’s know you have them aboard.
DON'T FORGET YOUR HELMET...IT'S A MUST!
PLEASE: have a spare inner tube, some tire levers and a means to inflate the tube should you need to use it. Remember to stop off your tires 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: SAG SPACE IS LIMITED - so plan for items you can wear or stuff easily in your saddlebag or pockets.
PLEASE ARRIVE at WESTMORELAND MIDDLE SCHOOL no later than 9:15AM (0915).
Guillermo Delgado is a college professor and avid cyclist who, several years back, began a challenge to write a haiku a day for a year. The project extended well beyond the year and there are some cycling inspired gems in there. Here's one that I thought would be a good accompaniment to our first roll off into the rising sun.
See you at WESTMO at 0915.
In the amber light—
these spinning wheels move me
over dew-stained roads.