Dave, the owner and builder at Ellis Cycles based in Waterford,WI, found out about our little ride over the weekend. The Split Rock Tour hosted by our local bicycling club. He, along with his wife Lisa, decided to make the trip up from Wisconsin for the ride and make a weekend out of it. He also talked another proud owner of an Ellis Cycle, Josh from La Crosse, WI into making the trip up. And then he persuaded two friends and future owners of Ellis Cycles from Wausau, WI to make the trip up. Pictured here is Josh, Dave and me.
Another view with our Ellis Cycles.
Three Ellis Cycles lined up before the ride.
Dave brought along two of his personal Ellis bikes. He decided to ride his Cross Bike because he finds it to be more comfortable for a century ride and I had warned him of some rough roads in Duluth.
Josh's beautiful Ellis!
We had the pleasure of hosting Dave and Lisa for a visit in our home Friday evening. Then six of us went out for a post-ride Mexican feast. We thoroughly enjoyed the time we spent with Lisa and Dave. We all agreed we'd like to get together again in the future.
After I did the ride with The Chairman, I went back out on the ride route to try and meet up with Team Ellis. I saw Josh go by at one point, he was hammering solo and looked like he was on a mission. About ten minutes later I came across Dave and Scott, one of the friends from Wausau. They were about 80 miles into their century. I joined them, but soon discovered I wasn't going to be able to keep their pace for long. They were averaging in the 20 mph range. I ride solo 99% of the time and average 14-15 mph. I may be able to go out and ride all day at 15 mph. But jump that up to 20 mph and I didn't last 3 miles before I was dropped.
I settled into my own pace and caught up to them at the finish.
Overall, it was a thrill to have Team Ellis in my town.