Indoor Group Ride, Thursday, 3/21 at 5:45PM at Maglianero Cafe- Also, introducing the Wheel of Pain!

Greetings Cyclists!

(If all you need to know is where, when and what, the answer is Maglianero, 47 Maple Street in Burlington, 5:45 PM to set up and the ride starts at 6:30 this week. Bring your bike, your trainer, five bucks, and a towel. )

Indoor riding has its place, like when there's a bunch of crud out on the roads or when your free time doesn't line up with the daylight hours. Indoor riding gets us through when outdoor riding just isn't practical. But let's be honest- it is a bare facsimile of riding outside. Riding outside, for example, adds the element of surprise.  You never know when you step out the door what you might run into, whether it's an unexpected headwind, a riding buddy calling out a town-line sprint, or a complete change of route and plans that you don't make until you've already gotten a few miles from home.

Well, we here at VTIndoor are dedicated to making our indoor rides just as good as the real thing, and that's why I've constructed the official VTIndoor Wheel of Pain. It's a simple device, really:

Mounted deep inside the official VTIndoor Suitcase of Courage (which also contains the fabulous prizes we'll be giving away on 3/28), the wheel of pain is labeled with each and every current Sufferfest video, with plenty of blank spaces for more. Constructed from a 20" stroller wheel (the most evil type of wheel) and dialed in with a neon zip-tie and a chainstay protector off an old Univega 12-speed, the Wheel of Pain stands ready to take us to yet another level in our indoor cycling adventures.    

We'll go ahead and spin the wheel at the start of our next ride on Thursday, and see where it takes us. We'll limit ourselves to the one hour rides, so if we land on Blender, Hell Hath No Fury, or Local Hero, (or a blank space!) that'll be a free spin. See you there!