Despite a lack of preparation and a less-than-ideal weather forecast, I signed up for my first Brevet ride which took place last weekend. The weather turned out great, except for one brief (but long/heavy enough to fill our shoes) period of rain. I was joined by my friend and former colleague Andy, but also made another friend/riding partner in the process, James (also from my former employer).
We were fortunate to ride with a few others who knew the route, which saved us from constantly referring to the cue sheet. The route was top-notch, aside from some sections of rough road, with some great scenery to boot. Also, I heard a good analogy that I won’t soon forget. Andy and I lead a group of 10 (or so) cyclists astray. It was an easy mistake to correct, but they were surprised because we seemed so confident in our decision. Andy replied, saying something like, “You can think of us as the sled dogs… we may take the front and pull you along, but we certainly don’t know where we’re going.”