Monday, June 15, 2009


You know that feeling you have after a long, worthwhile workout? I felt that on Saturday, thanks to the great idea of SanDee J. She and I were talking about going for a little spin on our bikes on Saturday. She suggested we try one of the RABA rides. I thought, "Why not?"

Well...the ride was a little bit longer than anything we've done this spring (she is also a victim of knee surgery - ACL reconstruction in March). Yup - we signed on for a 59-miler. Luckily, the ride was absolutely flat as a pancake and described as "social."

Flat + social + the good people of RABA = awesome Saturday

RABA may be my new favorite athletic group in Richmond. Not only did they all welcome us as if we were long-lost friends, they were just so...laidback. While I know some of their rides are very fast and competitive, this was not so - nor was it advertised as such.

The ride included gorgeous views of the James River from Chippoke State Park - and miles and miles of relaxing rural riding. The man in charge of the ride arranged for the sweetest refueling stop at a tiny church in Surrey County. We had Gatorade, cookies and a personal welcome letter from the church.

On July 3rd, this same group of people is planning a ride from Kilmarnock to Reedville (with a lunch included). I think I know what I'm doing that day...


tri-ing races not cases said...

Are you sure you don't want to come to Wintergreen that day for a century in the mountains??? :) Hmmm don't answer that, I wouldn't want to either.

BTW way to go on your long ride!

SusieQ said...

Actually, I may do a ride on the BRP that day...but NOT a century - and Wintergreen will not be part of the route, either!

TriGirl 40 Something said...

The RABA rides are great - and the folks I've met have been super friendly - even to my tri-bike. Keep letting us know about the great gem rides you are finding!