Archive for October, 2015

Fall 2015 Rides

Observatory Ride 

October 16th, 2015

Again a very well attended ride with a clear majority for the locals (7 at the top) over the khawagas (4). We enjoyed a lovely weather, moderate wind, new faces at the front of the peloton, no delays due to punctures or mechanicals, and a lot of new or old riders that partially joined the ride. At the end it was under 5 hours moving time for the 141 km distance, 4 km less than before due to the new extension of the El-Zahra road that connects with the Ain Soukhna road.

The highlight, as always, is the ascent to the Observatory, aka Nick’s Hill, as he left the country unbeaten there. On this stage the KOM was taken by Omar Khairy, followed by David Gamal and David Luna. Among other new riders, Sherif finally showed up at the Observatory for the first time after all these years. Mabouk everybody!

The ride back ended up with David and Geoff, who departed from the entrance to the Ain Soukhna highway earlier than the Bescletta & Co. bunch (I wonder what took them that long to take off?) on a breakaway. Pascal and Luis departed later and tried in vain to chase them down. Pascal had to take care of the people who left things in his car, finalizing at the toll booth, while the rest did a straight 57 km non-stop ride all the way to the Greco, unusual for CCC rides.

Many thanks to Saint Pascal for the logistic support; without it this ride would not be possible. For the new guys: he invented the ride back in 2012, and what a great cycling adventure it has been since then.

from left: Hussein, Omar (KOM), Sherif, New Rider (Name?), David G., Luis, David L., Geoff, Pascal & Ibrahim; photo by Karim Abdelrahman

from left: Hussein, Omar (KOM), Sherif, New Rider (Name?), David G., Luis, David L., Geoff, Pascal & Ibrahim; photo by Karim Abdelrahman

at the Ain Soukhna road entrance, getting ready for the long segment

at the Ain Soukhna road entrance, getting ready for the long segment

 

Helwan counter-clockwise Ride

September 16, 2015

This ride is rather new but is on the way to a CCC classic. It has been ridden 5 times since Pascal scouted it (who else?) and we first rode it on February 2014. The highlight has always been the leg from the Soukhna road bridge over the Regional Ring Road to the Helwan crossing, a 36 km segment with a -1% average slope.

There was a front bunch composed of four riders, and eventually David, Pascal and Hussein came in first and broke the legendary record of Nick and Thomas from March 2014. David with his full TT gear attained an average of 50.3 km/h; this is going to be hard to beat with own means. Congratulations! Pascal is still annoyed he was not carrying a GPS to dispute the KOM for a few seconds (depends on who started first).

It was good to have Euan back on the group after a year or so of baby sabbatical. Finishers of the ride in Maadi were Joe, Geoff, David, Hussein and Luis. It took us under 4 hours to complete the 120 km ride at the usual coffee shop. Well done everybody.

Luis

Hussein, Geoff, Luis, David, Pascal, Joe & Euan at the Ataq Gas station in Helwan

Hussein, Geoff, Luis, David, Pascal, Joe & Euan at the Ataq Gas station in Helwan

 

 

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