It’s that time of year in Seattle, when the STPs are riding from Seattle to Portland and the Tour-inspired Euros are out in team kits, on old race bikes, riding around the lake and climbing the hills. The STPs are easy to spot in their colorful gear, Tyvek jackets, frame numbers, and assortment of bikes from the comfort cruiser to a custom Seven.
When someone passes you on the trail in a Rabobank team kit, or any or Pro-Tour kit, that’s usually a “euro.” In a few weeks, after the Tour and after STP, that convergence of riders will slow and it’ll return to normal, and towards the late summer, then Fall.
Today we rode up to an older rider who said, “le Tour” in a French accent and then set tempo until we turned right and he kept going straight. We also rode with a couple from the Bicycle Alliance of Washington, who did not want to ride closely at all, and told us so with a smile.
Heading back towards West Seattle, we rode along the lake, right down the middle of the road with the rest of the families enjoying Group Health Bicycle Saturdays & Sundays.
A good day of riding in Seattle with a convergence of STPs, Euros, and families.