Rincon Ride, 19 June 2021
Big turnout for a warm day in Rincon! The usual suspects were there, plus newcomer Bill who’s preparing for the upcoming Erie Canal ride. Three ride groups enjoyed sunny skies and smooth roads around Effingham county. Afterward, John tells me the group was heartily welcomed by the staff at El Real, our longtime Rincon Ride lunch haunt, who were so happy to see us return after the long COVID hiatus!
Picnic Ride, 12 June 2021
Wonderful turnout for the annual Picnic Ride! We had long and short rides around Savannah and Isle of Hope as well as a casual cruise up the Truman Linear Trail followed by a delicious lunch catered by Coffee Deli and supplemented by club members’ tasty desserts! Quite the nature show as well, with ducks supervising our picnic setup and several turtle encounters, both on the ride where Kathy saved one occupying the bike trail and a nest-digging female softshell provided viewing entertainment while we awaited the arrival of the food. The Board of Directors election results were announced, and congratulations are in order for our new slate of leaders!
Right Turn Clyde Ride, 29 May 2021
I’m kicking myself for not taking pictures of Mike’s first-mile flat tire, both to break up the usual pace line/standing around photos, and also because I’m fairly sure he set the club speed record on a tire change. That was the only hiccup in, yes you guessed it, ANOTHER INCREDIBLY BEAUTIFUL RIDE DAY. Do I realize that I say that in every blurb? Yes, but if you rode this winter and suffered through the oh-so-cold and wet Saturday rides that seemed to pop up out of an otherwise gorgeous week, you understand why I’m so gaga over the weather we’ve gotten this Spring. Truly, if you’ve not ridden with us, you’ve missed out.
Tour de Forts Ride, 23 May 2021
Our second organized ride post-COVID was, I feel, a rousing success. A very good contingent of riders made the trek to beautiful St. Augustine, Florida to meet up with old flames the Griffiths on another inexplicably gorgeous day. Somehow it ended up cooler here than it was in Savannah! Although we strangely didn’t actually pass any forts (CURSE YOU COVID!!!!!!!!), we found solace in the beautiful (and oh-so-flat) Florida farm country. Most of all we enjoyed the camaraderie of about 1,000 cycling friends who were eager to put 2020 behind them.
Liberty Trail Ride, 22 May 2021
This has been a theme, but every week I swear the good weather is going to run out and summer heat and humidity set in. It still hasn’t happened! Weather’s still incredible! This was a low-turnout ride that just held schedule by the skin of its teeth, yet it was one of the most beautiful riding days yet! And a tail wind the whole way! Roy bravely persevered as leader despite the low numbers, and those of us who attended were rewarded with a peach of day. Tour de Forts may have interfered with attendance here, FYI, but we enjoyed it.
Skidaway Island Ride, 15 May 2021
A little slimmer turnout than expected, but it wasn’t for lack of phenomenal weather! Temps started in the 60s and hung below 80 on the clearest of days for another great ride through the Landings. Voted as the club’s favorite ride, I was left wondering where all the voters were this morning but not doubting the wisdom of their choice – lots of smooth, well-paved roads and great wildlife viewing, teamed with the gorgeous day, really made for an excellent ride. Kathy S. got to experience her first flat – Mark’s actually, which is the best kind of flat to experience, i.e. someone else’s. A group of us had lunch afterward at Sandfly’s Your Pie and sat outside with cold, refreshing libations – a great ending to a perfect ride.
Harris Neck Ride, 8 May 2021
Huge turnout for Harris Neck – three full groups! And not only that, but longtime club-member William “Bill the Thrill” Webb made his long-awaited return with all the usual accompanying bells and whistles and lights and GPSes. Temps were cool in the parking lot and we basked in the patches of sun we hit as we started out, but the day quickly warmed to the high 60s-low 70s – truly perfect. This is just a beautiful ride with quiet, well-paved roads for the most part and a rest stop at the Harris Neck Wildlife Refuge, which is currently experiencing peak bird-nesting season for the Egrets and Wood Storks. Camera phones aren’t quite up to the long-range birding shots, but Roy did manage a great up-close of an alligator basking right by the trail! I encourage all of you prodigal members to get back out here and ride before the hot hot hot HOT of summer returns!!
Islands Ride, 1 May 2021
Great ride again this week. Three speed/distance groups, and perhaps the finest weather we’ll never see again if this week is any indication! Surprise appearance from COVID crewmember extraordinaire, JIM!!!!!!!!!!!! Lunch afterward at Sly’s Sliders & Fries, which your author missed out on because he got a last-minute flat (fortunately one block from his house). Tough call on which picture to use of group members on their phones at Sly’s (rather than socializing), but I went with the landscape angle.
Fancy Hall Ride, 24 April 2021
Per Guest Writer John A.: Good ride to Fancy Hall. We had 3 groups. Two of the groups attempted the 40 mile route but reconsidered at Fancy Hall when a light rain started to fall. We skipped Kilkenny marina and returned, still managing a 33 mile distance at a good pace. Had brunch at the Sunrise Cafe.
P.S. Nobody got really wet as the rain on the way back was inconsistent and light. Most importantly, we had the return of Eric after his mishap on the Tour de Lowcountry a month ago.
Rincon Ride, 17 April 2021
What a great ride this was! I won’t lie to you: when I got John’s night-before text that we were going forward because the forecast had changed for the better, I nevertheless shuddered at thoughts of a wet and cold morning ride. Yet my misgivings were unwarranted – the weather, though chill at the very start, quickly warmed as soon as the sun appeared as we rolled into Springfield. We had a really great turnout, including lately-reclusive ride leader Matt!
Ellabell Ride, 3 April 2021
It was certainly chilly this morning, even with our late start, but it turned into a really nice spring day as we meandered through Bryan and Bulloch counties. Three ride groups offered opportunities for all speeds and distances, and we each had adventures along the way. We welcomed ride leader Roy back from a long hiatus, and he and his group enjoyed a scenic tour of the blooming azaleas in Pembroke. Our group likewise toured downtown Pembroke in its floral splendor, though as a result of poor navigation by yours truly (or was it kismet?). Deb’s third group took the actual route (boring!) and encountered their own adventure with a missing bridge. Nonetheless, we all made it back safe and sound – great ride! Roy promised me some good pictures shortly, but you’ll have to settle for these two I took at the start for now (sorry, no one would look at the camera). **UPDATE: Roy and his group found a beaver dam and stopped to inspect!
Tour de Lowcountry Ride, 27 March 2021
Oh, it started so wonderfully! And to be fair, it ended well…for some of us. To set the stage: the first organized biking event of the COVID era arrived in lovely, quaint Walterboro, South Carolina for a club favorite: the Tour de Lowcountry! Rides of 31 and 62 miles (the metric century – the sweet spot ride, if you ask me)! Temps started and hung about the glorious spring 70s and into the low 80s with a large club contingent and even larger group of ride-starved cyclists. The Metric started FAST with a large group we tucked behind for a breezy 22 mph to the first rest stop. Everyone was congenial as can be and oh-so-glad to be out on a BEAUTIFUL cycling day! Everything about the ride was great – the camaraderie, the organization, the rest stops! We loved it! And then, just before the 3rd rest stop at mile 42, tragedy struck us when an unexpected rut sent one rider and then another in our pace line careening into each other and to the pavement. There were some significant injuries; ambulances/SAG carted off at least 5 of our group. I’m sure the entire club joins me in sending well wishes to our injured compatriots and hope that you all have a speedy recovery and get back in the saddle soon!! The rest of us managed to push through to the end and enjoyed a pizza and beer celebration, a TdL tradition. I was woefully delinquent in my photography (surprise, surprise), but here’s a pic from happier times at the start while I reach out to other Club members for extra shots. UPDATE: Additional gorgeous pics from Doug have been added!
Skidaway Ride, 20 March 2021
Well, we should’ve known it was too good to be true! Winter returned for the weekend, it seems, but we were not deterred. A dive back into the winter clothes for an otherwise lovely spring day ride through the Landings. Some great wildlife viewing on this ride, including a gigantic bald eagle and several alligators sunning on the pond banks. If only we could have stopped for pictures…
Kilkenny Ride, 13 March 2021
More great weather meant another big turnout for Richmond Hill’s Kilkenny Ride! I’m starting to think the weather’s out to spite me seeing as this upcoming week’s ride looks to be a return to winter. Multiple speed groups again braved 70-80 degree sunshine out to Kilkenny Marina and back from our start at Fort McCallister. Photos as proof below courtesy of Cathy and Kathy!
Liberty Trail Ride, 27 February 2021
**Fair warning at the start that I’m going to make up for last week’s lack of pictures** (thanks, Kathy S. for acting as my sous-photog)
Best biking day of 2021 thus far on Saturday, and quite the crowd showed up to enjoy temps in the mid-60s to mid-70s for the Liberty Trail Ride. It felt like the good old (pre-COVID) days to see all of the friendly faces out there as Ken led us along the historic Liberty Trail. Three speed groups for the first time in quite awhile, and everyone really enjoyed a great ride once we cleared the parking lot sand gnats. Optional outside lunch at the Smokin’ Pig followed the ride.
Skidaway Island Ride, 20 February 2021
It feels like forever since we got a ride in with all of the rain and cold of late!! Though the cold remained, the rain finally let up for our first outing in THREE WEEKS at Skidaway Island. We started late at 10AM to give the group its best shot at warmth, and I can only imagine it helped (I wasn’t there yet again – mea culpa!). John’s succinct summary was, and I quote: “I forgot about pics. It was kind of cold. Good ride otherwise.” Brevity is the soul of wit, which undoubtedly qualifies John as our resident Shakespeare! No pictures, as noted by the Bard, but just imagine the smiling faces of our cycling compatriots amidst a background of eerily similar, brown-shaded Landings houses interspersed with lovely marsh and river views.
Rincon Ride, 30 January 2021
Per John: Highs were only in the 30s when we set out in Rincon. All eyes were on Cathy’s new bike. The sun gradually warmed us up to the low 50s. Good lightly traveled roads made the ride worthwhile.
Knowles Island Ride, 23 January 2021
After last week’s rain-out, we had a heckuva turnout for the long-neglected Knowles Island Ride. Unfortunately, I got so excited about the large crowd at the start, and because it was cold enough to require full-fingered gloves, that I neglected to get any pictures of the lovely scenery. Nevertheless, take my word for it that it was a beautiful day riding through the South Carolina lowcountry for our two speed groups! We grabbed impromptu coffee and sandwiches afterward at a PJ’s Coffee of New Orleans we discovered in the last stretch that offered ample outdoor seating.
Right Turn Clyde Ride, 9 January 2021
Per a rather poetic John A.: “There was a good turnout for the first ride of 2021, despite cool, damp, and blustery weather. A fine-tuned pace line traversed the unusually-lightly trafficked roads of Bloomingdale and Southbridge on the infamous Ride Turn Clyde Ride.” Judging from the picture (which was absolutely taken on-site at that ride), it looks like a great time was had by all!
Gabi’s New Year’s Day Ride, 1 January 2021
Can’t think of a better way to leave a rather rocky 2020 behind and welcome the New Year than a ride with friends on January 1st! The weather itself seemed a harbinger of better things, as we were bathed in mild temps and sunshine as we toured Wilmington and Whitmarsh Islands. A great turnout meant minimum time pulling and maximum time basking in the beautiful day with little traffic and happy cyclists. We capped it all off with pizza and libations at Hop Atomica in the Starland District.
Liberty Trail Ride, 12 December 2020
Last week was enough winter for us, I think, and the earth agreed. Today’s ride started cool but pleasant and warmed up to the mid-60s. Another excellent turnout with two full speed groups on a beautiful day in Liberty County. Kathy said it was her new favorite route, and it was hard to disagree looking out over the marshy Medway River. In gratitude for their parking hospitality, we grabbed lunch and ate outside the Smokin’ Pig!
Kilkenny Ride, 5 December 2020
Winter has arrived, and so, therefore, have my lobster gloves! A great turnout for this first cold ride of the year; we had two speed groups for the, let’s call it “breezy,” ride out to Kilkenny Marina. It was a blue sky and sunny day, and those sunny spots certainly kept us going until it warmed up about half-way through. Everyone was in great spirits – a great start to December!
Ellabell Ride, 21 November 2020
I was out of town yet again, but John Arney took point on photos and a report. Another nice turnout for what may well turn out to be the last, great weather of the season before we take on the rigors of Ol’ Man Winter. We were very happy to see longtime CBTC alums John Baynard and Chris Seale make a most welcome appearance.
Rincon Ride, 7 November 2020
Decent turnout this week for Rincon (a lot of the usual suspects), and I pity those of you that missed because it was as close to perfect as a biking day gets! Temps hung in the mid-70s on the classic Dasher Route through the smooth country byways of Rincon. Nature sighting of the day was a Red-Shoudered Hawk cutting straight across our path on the return – if only I’d had my camera in-hand!
Skidaway Ride, 31 October 2020
Despite a lack of posting, our rides have continued in the month of October! It’s my fault because I’ve been out of town and unable to participate and chronicle them, but I was back this week for a great Halloween ride on Skidaway Island (and to and from for some of us!). It was a brisk start for those of us who rode to the ride from midtown Savannah, but it was worth it for that extra distance on what became a beautiful autumn day. Another excellent turnout (including two out-of-town guests from St. Pete, FL) gave us two speed groups as we toured the placid streets of the Landings. We’re in the best part of the year for cycling, so come join us next week in Rincon!
Tito Pineiro Memorial Ride, 10 October 2020
A sizable contingent of club riders participated in the third annual SFC Augusto “Tito” Pineiro memorial ride on Saturday, 10 October. Despite less-than-optimal weather conditions, club riders led the 34 mile route to honor the memory of Tito, who was killed by a motorist while riding a hand-crank cycle. Tito, who was known as “unbreakable”, was a local and regional icon. Tito frequently tackled the most extreme athletic events to bring awareness to Operation Enduring Warrior. One of the most extreme events Tito participated in was a 100 mile run – that Tito completed while wearing a full protective gas mask. Family, friends and supporters stopped at the ghost bike memorial for a brief prayer and remembrance before completing the ride.
Islands Ride, 3 October 2020
After a brief hiatus, club rides resumed on this chill October Saturday. A nice turnout with two speed groups for a pleasant tour of Burnside Island and Isle of Hope. Possibly a few more sprints than we were accustomed to due to this replicating the Sunday ride, but what doesn’t kill us makes us stronger! Ended with a delicious lunch at Sly’s Sliders and Fries!
Ellabell Ride, 5 September 2020
Sadly, we have no Savannah Century this year, but that didn’t stop us from our annual Savannah Century warm-up in beautiful Ellabell. It was a warmer start than we’ve had of late, but a nice breeze and more shade than I remembered along the way made for a great ride for both of our groups. We had out of town guests from Tampa in Dave and Kelly, and they gave Kathy a spirited ride. The rest of the gang took an old route for some variety and, to quote the bard, it made all the difference.
Skidaway Island Ride, 29 August 2020
August was a month to remember, cycling weather-wise. Finished the month with another temperate and perfectly overcast day in an otherwise oppressively hot summer. Why I didn’t grab a photo of the sailboats enjoying the breezy day at our rest stop, I’ll never know; however, I did manage to snap pics of the two speed groups passing each other.
Springfield Ride, 22 August 2020
I missed due to my daughter’s soccer game, but John attended and supplied a photo from the Clyo Trading Post and the following blurb: It was a beautiful overcast day. We averaged 19 mph on a 40-mile loop. It was actually 19.2 but Strava kicked it back (ed. note: whom do I trust more, John or Strava…?). Slower group did 34 miles.
Looks like a good crowd in the photo.
Fancy Hall Ride, 15 August 2020
We’re really having a great August for biking! We had cloud cover most of the ride, and temperatures hung around the low 80s. What’s more, there was a breeze, and it felt like a tailwind the whole ride. Another two-group ride, going 32 or 40 miles, and we were zipping along. Richmond Hill has some very nice, flat roads, and we enjoyed this ride. Somehow, John managed to tie his chain in a knot at one point, but Howard the On-Ride Physician was able to perform emergency surgery to save the day.
Hardeeville/Hospital Ride, 8 August 2020
Perfect summer cycling weather on this one. Rain came through early that morning and cooled everything off but had dried by the time we rode. We took a wrong turn, but it was a nice, quiet road and, frankly, may develop into an alternate route in the future. Two good-sized groups for this ride.
Harris Neck Ride, 25 July 2020
A beautiful day in McIntosh County, capped off by ideal wildlife watching at Harris Neck. Temperatures were great the entire morning and were capped off with a brief but thorough shower to cool off the home stretch.
Rincon Ride, 18 July 2020
Great crowd for the Rincon Ride, with two speed groups helmed by the Club Members Extraordinaire James and Tina Dasher. A robust summer day, but the cycling breeze kept the worst of the heat away.