Saturday’s event was ify with light rain before the start. Amazingly we got lucky and with the weather clearing about 10 minutes before the start and remained perfect for the entire ride. For the first 15 miles the course offered lots of rolling hills. This I am comfortable with and enjoy much more with each ride.
Somewhere around mile 20ish the steady climbing began and the grade would average 4% to 7% for around 7-8 miles. I had issues with my chain (totally my fault) a few times and had to dismount twice. Sucks starting back on a hill but I did it. The climbing was never ending. At times I thought it would level a bit at the next curve only to continue. Finally a stop sign. Then a painted sign on the road. 1 HARD MILE to rest stop. 1 VERY HARD MILE!! This hard mile would hold a 14.8% grade. INSANE PEOPLE!!!! You just grind and grind the pedal and barely feel like you are moving.
Top of Overlook Mountain
At the rest stop I dismounted and felt as if I were going to get sick. After re-grouping and getting my mind back in the ride we pulled out of the rest stop. With about 200-300 more feet of climbing the ride would switch back to rolling hills. Lots of them but no nasty 14.8% grades.
Ride time: 4 hrs. 19 min.
Elevation: 6000 plus feet of climbing
Crazy, hard course and one I look forward to repeating next year!!
Today my butt feels all of the climbing. Still I am happy with the progress I am making and with each ride I want more. :)