Helwan Ride (Counter clockwise)

Set. 12, 2014

18 riders joined on this September morning, for the second time after the maiden ride past June 20. This time all riders ended, exhausted or with cramps, but happy. The complete ride distance was 125 km, and we arrived to the CSA at noon after two punctures and battling against the wind most of the ride. Well done everybody!

The prime segment is from the Helwan junction of the new Regional Ring Road to the Ain Soukhna Highway, a 37.7 km leg with 402 m elevation gain, and persistent head wind. The top guys made it in only 1h16’, and the rest arriving to the regrouping point on the bridge over the Ain Soukhna road (photos) within the next 40′ or so. Everybody felt the effort intensely on this leg.

At the finish line, it was great to meet Jun in the Greco and hear from his new life in Japan, while recovering with coffee and snacks.

Thanks a lot to Chris and Thomas for the vehicles and water, which prevented more riders from cramping (or worse). Good luck to them and Khadiga in their coming triathlon and Ironman competitions.

Luis

 

Up from left:  Hussein, Nick, Joe, Sheriff, Omar Lord (I), Omar Khairy (II), Dan. Down from left: Khadiga, Meg, Ibrahim, Mike, David, Euan. Absent: Phil acting as good Samaritan (unknown rider without a pump), Luis as photographer and Chris and Thomas already at home by then.

Up from left: Hussein, Nick, Joe, Sheriff, Omar Lord (I), Omar Khairy (II), Dan.
Down from left: Khadiga, Meg, Ibrahim, Mike, David, Euan.
Absent: Phil acting as good Samaritan (unknown rider without a pump!), Luis as photographer and Chris and Thomas already at home by then.

 

Good mood within the youngsters

Good mood among the youngsters

The black sheep

The black sheep

 

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