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Rapha Gentlemen’s Ride

Posted on July 19th, 2011 by Robert

At the startDSC02549LocksMagnolia Access RoadsI’m kind of hating Hahn Rossman right now. I mean, I love the guy, but I kind of hate him right now. He eats almost 5 scoops of ice cream on Friday night and then talks me into 2 separate donut stops on our ride the following day. Despite his bottomless stomach, he is still much faster than I am on a bike.

Friday was a movie and ice cream social night sponsored by Rapha and hosted by Zac at Cascade Bicycle Studio in Fremont. CBS had a large projector showing the short films Rapha Continental Movie and ‘D’Acciaio’.

D’Acciaio is a portrait of frame builder Dario Pegoretti. It follows him through his daily routine, including moments amongst friends and coworkers at a meal. It’s soft, intimate, and surprisingly funny. Dario recently went through cancer treatments (around the time that I was), which the film touches on lightly. It’s really worth catching if it screens in your area. It was up on the website for a short run, but I can’t seem to find it there now.

On Saturday, Jane and I woke up far too early to go watch stage 14 of the Tour at CBS to be followed by a Rapha group ride. I was in a bit of a haze, but I seem to remember it being a solid stage. The French should really get their priorities straight and start putting that on a little bit later in the day. I’ll mention that to them when we are in town.

I volunteered to help route the Rapha ride with Zac. He showed me some slick little areas around Magnolia and I showed him what I know around West Seattle. I was a little worried that it might be too urban (the cue sheet was a monster), but everything went off without a hitch.

CruisingAs we suited up, it became clear that the rain wasn’t going to go away any time soon. I was representing in my SLK kit despite the soggy weather. I took 4 cans of Rainier on board in my handlebar bag for hand-offs. They weren’t exactly helping me get up the climbs, but it was fun anyways. I know more than one person appreciated the liquid refreshments. A few started to say no, but then gave in shortly afterward. They are all weak to my peer pressure.

As mentioned previously, there were not one, but two donut stops. That’s how you know this was a serious road ride. Everyone hustling to get from one coffee shop to the next. I’m not used to that kind of riding.

I’m pretty sure everyone finished without killing themselves. So that’s got to count for something. Thanks to Rapha and Cascade Bicycle Studio for putting on an awesome event. It was a pleasure to be able to help out with it.
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2 Responses to “Rapha Gentlemen’s Ride”

AaronJuly 22nd, 2011 at 9:36 am

Any chance you’d share the cue sheet or Garmin file? I’m a Portlander but am in Seattle a bunch and could use some good routes. Thanks!

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