I rode this morning with the Diablo Cyclists. They have changed their starting spot since the last time I rode with them to Heather Farms Park in Walnut Creek. To get more miles I rode from home to the start. It was a short (30 miles) but challenging ride around Briones Park. Reliez Valley and Alhambra and over Happy Valley to Lafayette. As usual, I was in the middle of the pack. Three tandems showed up, but with the hills they were trailing the whole way.
The lighter riders have the advantage on the climbs. The two women, both strong riders, would blow by me only to be caught on the downhills. It's a good club to ride with if you want to go pretty hard. I'm training for the Waves-to-Wine MS fund raising ride at the end of September so it was good to be with a group that could push me. Total miles: 46. Max speed: 40 mph.