The signature Semi-Tough weekly ride is a defacto tour of New Orleans. Starting with coffee and light breakfast at CC’s on Esplanade, this ride has all the elements of a classic club ride. We meet around 6:45 am to share an espresso, cafe au lait or iced coffee, and sample some of CC’s delicious pastry offerings, and clip in and ride at 7:15.
We roll easy out beautiful Esplanade Avenue through City Park to the scenic New Orleans lakefront along Lakeshore Drive. At the lakefront, the group usually self-selects into an “A” and “B” group for the 12 mile push out along the lake to the end of Hayne Blvd. There are a few good overpasses and bridges (aka, Louisiana Alps) along the way, which usually break the ride into a true lead and chase group.
At the end of Hayne we stop for a quick regroup. The 30-mile option turns here for the ride back into town. The longer 60-mile option keeps pushing out east via Chef Menteur Hwy to Hwy 11, and our mid-ride store stop at scenic Irish Bayou.
On the way back, we turn off the lakefront at Press Blvd, for a ride through the oak lined streets of Gentilly. After a ride back down Esplanade Ave, we take the pulse of the group and stop for adult recovery beverages at one of several favorite locations. After that, the group splits and heads to our respective homes. For those who live uptown, we finish with a quintessentially New Orleans ride through the bustling Saturday streets of the French Quarter, and then up Magazine St. through the CBD and Lower Garden District.
The overall pace varies between the A (24+ mph), B (~22mph), and C (17-19mph) groups. All are welcome, and there is always someone to sit back with a slower or less experienced rider. This ride is a great way to get to know the great people of the STCC, and to develop confidence in you group ride and pace line skills. Sample ride map/data below…