Nothin' to report here really, you all know the
story. It's not the
Not really the Rump. Not even the Jump. So, since it's
one of the Tampa area's fastest rides, SlingShot is calling it
Often there's lots more riders, but
#1 shows part of the
Saint Petersburg Bicycle Club cresting the bridge coming into
Fort De Soto Park, FL, at almost the exact same moment as the people
you know are on
Ridgebury in NY, and under the exact same circumstances.
You will therefore not be surprised as you notice the
only sound is the growling of chains. Lots of concentration being
#2 shows the same
group about a half hour later, deep into the Florida Alps, as
they like to call the park, due to the incessant gale force winds.
In the second video the riders are on the turn-around at the East
Beach, so they have just finished a 3 mile pull into the wind, and
are hoping the 360° peninsular
switchback doesn't keep the wind in their faces for the whole
circle, as it so often can.
In any case, it is a momentary break, some of the
chatter you can almost make out is, "Look we are going to be on
"It must be porno," which is a reference to this
week's big local story about how an old timey pirate ship, docked as
an historic site and prime tourist attraction, was used in a big
budget film. The filming was completed with the full approval of the
local powers, who later found out it was to become pornography once
in the editing room. A big scandal and fair game chatter for riders
like the competitive endorphin-heads shown here.
You already know these people, or rather, you know
riders just exactly like them.
They even do NOT have a
Kevin Haley, or at least they aren't allowed to mention him if
When American Road Cycling got all packed up
after the last video, it found itself behind the riders on their way
out of the park. The
Black Widow got all excited and exclaimed, "Look at them.
They sure are going slow this week. We should have come out to ride
with them. Look, there's several women riders."
So SlingShot flatly said, "Hmm...lets pace the
truck behind them and see just how slow they're going."
At 29 mph the American Road Cycling pace truck
was getting dropped, and at around 30 mph it was edging up on them.
So you do the math,
SlingShot's already done it before,
usually on his bike. He likes the truck better.