Cycle Claremont, September...

So, after a summer hiatus, Cycle Claremont, the community ride took to the streets this afternoon. We may be a day + past summer's end, but the heat is still with us. Even so, the group had a good range of riders, young to old, cruisers to racers and everything in between. The later (afternoon) start time was a bit of a test, and I believe we will be going back to the morning start for the October ride. Hopefully that will mean bagels and coffee again, as well. As mentioned previously, a new longer route was added this time, but still entirely within the city limits. There were only five takers for the longer route, while the typical short route had quite a good sized turnout at twenty-six. 

creating happy faces, that is what Cycle Claremont is all about

A few preliminaries - Steve, the Claremont Safe Routes to School coordinator spoke about this years efforts for the organization, Tom spoke on the annual Rotary Club holiday-time bike giveaway; we also had a special guest today, Matt who is one of the organizers of One More Move, rode with his family, and gave a short introduction to his group and the great work that they do. The talk-talk out of the way, it was time to roll. Maybe it was the time of day, the warm temperature, or something else entirely, but it seemed pretty quiet in town. It was near perfect for a relaxing ride. As we rode through the commercial center of town, into and through the residential neighborhood west of Indian Hill, across the byways of the College campuses, and turned down for the final run to the start/finish, riders talked to those who rode along next to them, or enjoyed a moment of quietude as each saw fit. I think as we get into Autumn and Winter, the weather will turn more in our favor, and the ride will be even more pleasant. Of course next month will bring Halloween, and we can ride around looking for some spooky displays set up in front of houses; in fact maybe we can work up something spooktacular for the ride. Until then, check out a few photos from today, and ride on every chance you get.