Saturday, September 12, 2009
Group Ride Report: IV PAIMIO'S REVENGE
When I first rode the trails of the now called Paimio's Revenge in 2006, the idea of a group ride started immediately. From the beginning the idea was also to find "new" trails and make the whole route longer. In 2008 I and Jan set the goal to find a passage to the trails of Sauvo that was familiar to him. We started this project in 2009 and we found two passages to avoid riding too many times same trails/forest roads. But we also realised that our project is quite ambitious and we don't have enough time to make it as we wanted. We had a lot of time schedule problems as we are very busy with jobs and everything else in life.
The original plan was to do this group ride in July/August when the weather is usually nice and the course would be dry and fast. Because of the other events in August we had to settle with early September and the date was set to 12th of September. I was afraid of bad weather, but fortunately there hasn't been too much of rain fall.
The last week before the Revenge was really strange. This project was a little difficult from the beginning but it wasn't getting any easier. Both I and Jan got sick with flu! I was hopeful that both would recover enough. I was much better on Friday but Jan was still too sick. So, I had to it without Jan and that felt really bad. We worked really hard for this project.
This morning the weather was absolutely perfect. Clear skies and sunshine. There was 11 riders in all and I tried to ride with nice tempo. The whole ride went rather well. I was afraid with Sauvo because that part wasn't so familiar to me. There was also a little miss with the route of Rivonmäki in Paimio. Really nice day in the saddle, but it didn't feel right at all to do this without Jan.
Big thanks to the all riders. Let's see if we can organize a Night Revenge or a Morning Revenge in the dark.
Some great photos taken by Yeti.