Riding alone is okay, but it’s not as fun and certainly not as safe as riding with a friend or a group. More than one rider creates conversation which makes the miles melt away. Group riding is easier when the wind blows because you can establish a paceline and make it easier for everyone. But most importantly, a group is more visible on the road.

Here’s your opportunity to post when you’d like to ride and contact information. Wayne Richardson has kicked things off here. His comment on the March 14 post gives his contact information for riding (his email address). But basically here’s some information to get everyone started riding again now that the temperatures are moderate.

Wayne is available Monday and Tuesday at 5:45 p.m. Saturday mornings (the earlier the better), and Sunday afternoons. He rides a road bike and likes to average somewhere between 14 and 17 mph and his average ride is around 35 miles. He’s a great riding partner and although he can go much faster, he’s all about the fellowship of the road. He also makes a darn good wind break when the Oklahoma southernly winds begin to howl this time of year. I’ve tucked in behind him more often than I care to admit. Wayne also teaches the cycling class at the Rec Center on MWF mornings at 5:45 a.m. (crazy people!) and on Wednesday evenings at 5:30 p.m.

Leann Burger and Jane Johansson usually do a leisurely 10-25 mile ride on Sunday afternoons, (we stop to eat blackberries along fence rows, and we talk to the cows and horses along the way) so if you have a fat tire or comfort bike and want to join us, email Leann at rlozark@sbcglobal.net. We are currently getting ready to ride the 225 miles in a week on the Katy Trail in May.

If anyone out there is getting ready for FreeWheel, please let me know as this is going to be my first year and I need a training buddy.

Get out there and hit the road…but contact your cycling friends first and buddy up!