More of the backlog. Squeezing this one out just before the next edition of the event.
One of my Flèche teammates roped me in to doing another team event, the Dart Populaire. OK, maybe recruited would be the word to use. Whatever. He rides tandem with his son, and is in to getting kids on bikes and having fun rides. Several other RandoDads also ride tandem with their kids, the others on the team would be riding with their daughters, so I think there was some aspect of role (roll?) model in asking me along (go ahead and laugh at that, I did.)
Anyway, fun, something a little different, and OH! there’s going to be ice cream! Gotta keep the kids interested and motivated. Works for me.
I ended up being on the triple with Brian and his son, so we were pretty much a parade on our own, but then there were the three father-daughter tandems, a guest tandem for part of the ride, and a single bike to round out the team. We started at the Ferry Building in San Francisco and rode around the Bay to the collective finish in Berkeley.
Most of the course was new to me, which added to the fun factor. We did get some mildly gritty bits headed out of the city, but even that had its own sort of scenicness. Over the course of the day there was plenty of nature too, with lots of neat marsh and wetlands.
Being close to the Bay turned out to be an excellent choice, as it was an exceedingly hot day, and teams in other areas had difficulties completing their routes due to the high temperatures. We did struggle a bit with the headwinds on the later part where we headed north, but it could have been worse. All the kids were real troopers the whole day, I was super impressed with all of them.
A fun adventure on the bike! We’ll be having another go at it this year, with a different route.
Ride date: June 8, 2013