|Our awesome Team Aling support|
at the Sunrise Climb ride on 6/7
|Some of the Mangs who did the|
weekend Mt. Rainier climbs
|Our century ride took us around our southern areas|
The second weekend of June gave us the opportunity to complete another century (which was good for those who didn't do the Flying Wheels ride). Rolling out from Renton, we basically retraced a combination of some of our previous rides starting with the 15th St Auburn climb, snaking our way through Federal Way via Dash Point. We added a few more climbs through the Browne's Point neighborhood towards some of the roads we traveled on the May Day Classic through Jovita. From there, we crossed over to Fife, Puyallup and then to Sumner. Then what was supposed to be a short lunch break at Subway turned out to be an hour and a half long sit down lunch at a Chinese restaurant in Orting. I suppose you shouldn't be surprised anymore by these food detours (we ride to eat, and eat to ride). The second half of that adventure proved to be challenging (not just because we were stuffed) but because of the heat, the winds and the 1 major climb. We had already lost a few riders before lunch (dropped them on a climb and they missed a turn) and we also suffered a mechanical on one of the bikes. We managed to complete the whole loop from Sumner through South Prairie, Buckley, Enumclaw and back to Renton in approximately 10 hours.
|Mangs at the start line of the Chelan Century|
|With Gig Harbor beyond the Narrows bridge, these guys|
were set to take on the monster hill collection over 99 miles
July is upon us and three major rides, the Seattle to Portland Classic, the California Death Ride and the Ride Around Mt. Rainier in One Day (RAMROD) towards the end of July will prove whether or not our training was enough. We're confident that it has been and that we'll get to our destinations with time to spare. One thing to note - June has seen an increase in cycling interest among our ladies and a possible growth spurt in the ranks of Team Aling. Stay tuned next month to see where this is all heading. We should have a bigger contingent at the Cycle The Wave even this September. Thanks for all the help and support from friends, family and other teams. We'll keep riding for fun and friendships and now we also ride for meaningful causes.