What a great tour!
I just pulled all the data off my Garmin and below are the stats for anyone interested. I missed about 15 miles on day 6 but otherwise it should be complete.
Count: 7 Activities
Distance: 430.06 mi
Time: 24:54:37 h:m:s
Elevation Gain: 15,299 ft
Avg Speed: 17.3 mph
Avg HR: 141 bpm
Calories: 13,777 C
Avg Distance: 61.44 mi
Median Distance: 67.74 mi
Max Distance: 80.55 mi
Avg Time: 03:33:31 h:m:s
Median Time: 03:48:30 h:m:s
Max Time: 04:20:36 h:m:s
Avg Elevation Gain: 2,186 ft
So, uh, I'm new around here. Well, at least publicly. I've been stalking you all for quite some time. Not just on the forums either. I feel like I'm always grabbing the wheel of a Reel rider at one of the charity rides I do annually (here's a belated 'thanks!'). I sat alone at Les Bois Junior High in the drizzle eating a cardboard burger after The Ride for the Blind, watching the Reel Theatre folks carry on merrily just feet from my lonely patch of flower bed. I tried to keep up with some of you on that windy Bob Lebow 100 miler...not happening.
It was a great night to ride Bogus, even if it was nice and warm. I think the two rides up Landmark Summit helped me out. I shaved almost four minutes off my previous time...made it in 1hr 17min 45sec. I am stoked. I finally think my goal of 1hr 15min is in reach.
I agree with Ladd's points, the weather was awesome, the road was very nice smooth, the views were beautiful. A lot of great volunteer's helping out, great feeding stations, good community support. Thank you very much for your hospitality Bob and Margo, we appreciate it. My only negative memory is how much that 2nd climb hurt but the downhills were awesome!
1. If you missed it -- you missed out!
2. Thanks Bob & Margo for a fun dinner and place to stay the night before!
3. Those hills were STEEP.
4. Lunch was great, especially the fresh baked cookies
5. The roads were smooth.
6. The weather was perfect, including some cloud cover at the end to keep us cool.
7. The views were beautiful.
8. The volunteers were all so nice, and Cascade seemed to really be behind the event.
9. The last descent was way fun, perfect for a fast smooth run.
10. Definitely coming back next year!
What a fantastic event. The ride was well organized. There were plenty of stops for water, etc. The weather was about perfect. The company was great. The accomodations at Case De Denning were wonderful. In fact, a big shout out and thanks for letting us crash at your place!! I have to say that the gear change was extremely helpful...I wasn't hurting nearly as bad on the big climb this weekend. I am looking forward to doing it again next year.
So, there I was. Due to the copious amounts of ice in my jersey pockets and the large frozen, ice filled sock down my back I was staying fairly cool. The body and legs are feeling great.
Kurt Holzer got off on the front which caused the pace to really slow down because we let him hang out there and no one really wanted to do the work to bring him back. After a while I decided to put in a hard effort to cut he cap and then force others to start working. It worked and before long we had Kurt back with us. Big props to him for getting away.
After finishing the Twilight Criterium for the first time as part of the field sprint (I crashed out last year), I expected to be hit with lots of questions. “How did it feel to finish 13th?", “How were you able to survive the heat?”, or even “ How were you able to cover those attacks?” would have been welcome. But, the question most asked was…
“Did you catch Rob's crash on camera?”