25 members and two guests participated in the 2012 Tour de Toronto club ride on Saturday, April 21. The cool temperatures and winds encouraged us to keep moving as much as the diverse group of riders could manage. New friendships were formed and old friendship renewed as we wound our way up the Don Valley trail, across Mt Pleasant Cemetery, pausing for a visit to Absolute Endurance, then across to Endurosport for another brief stop (and some snack purchases) to return along Laird and back south in the park.
The faster riders saw this as their opportunity to unleash their speedy bikes, while the slower riders continued at a more modest pace.
The obligatory flat tire stop maintained a yearly tradition, supporting the advice to bring tire repair kits. Nicole did an excellent job keeping the back of the pack caught up with the front of the pack. Many of the experienced riders helped keep the middle of the pack on route. Your trip leader found himself at the front, middle and back as circumstances warranted. The cheerful chatting during the ride could be heard over the wind and traffic, confirming another successful Tour de Toronto. (by Ted Rosen)