Pretty Much Awesome.
It has been a week now. A bit of the initial buzz has worn off, but the success of the inauragal Noble Pursuit cannot be understated.
I won’t give you a play by play of our ride – Readers Digest Version – 1 flat, poor navigation (blame me for that), a good group of riders…… a great day to ride bikes. A little bit more Post Pursuit Nobleness
The Noble Pursuit personified what it meant for me to ride bikes when I first discovered how much fun it really was. Rolling out the front door and exploring the backroads where I grew up (Whitby What!) without a route, timelimit – just a desire to spend sometime on the bike wherever that may take me.
The buzz prior to the event was something special – where were we going? How long was the route? How much gravel would we see? Tires! What tires!? The element of the unknown changes the game a bit from our usual predetermined routes. Sit down with your map, draw out your route, and hope for the best as each team heads out.
About that route.
Good heavens – that was as close to perfection as far as I am concerned, keep my gravel loving bias in mind, rolling along familiar roads, navigating our way through roads we didn’t know existed, and I think that most have never explored before. It was tough. The gravel sapped your energy, the hills on the latter part of the route worked to break us down and expose our weaknesses. Rest stops were welcome. Meeting up with several teams in Hastings was a treat – good spirits all around.
I was amazed at how quickly “The Management” motored through the route. They caught up to several teams at our Hastings checkpoint – unreal, an amazing group of riders that still had class to smile and wave as they rolled past us again later on.
Hands down the best part of the adventure. A road allowance that felt like a BMX pumptrack at times – watched our group of riders pump rollers, pop air (we were all mountain bikers afterall), and come out all smiles was a highlight of the ride.
The good folks – Zac, Dave, Kieran that put the Noble Pursuit together should be thanked in person – it is that little bit extra that makes riding in Peterborough a special thing, events like this to bring us together to get out and spend a few hours with good friends. It’s just riding bikes afterall – and that is what makes it great.
Cheers to all who came out, who knows what next year will bring.