It's kind of funny. For loving cross so much, I wasn't really on the ball this year. The night before I was up late putting the (wide illegal) knobbies on my extra wheels, etc. Good thing I didn't flat, because I noticed my front spare was flat when I pulled it from the pits!
But none of that mattered, it was a great day. Probably too warm for cross, but otherwise perfect. We had a pretty good group of 5 that all started together. If only we would have had Eric start to the left and further ahead, he could have taken them all out with his crazy start :)
I hope this translates into a good time this Saturday, but I made it to the forest service sign in 39 min 55 sec tonight. That is about 2 min faster than my previous best time to that point.
For those who are interested, here's a run down of what I can remember of an awesome week...
First off, this was a great route. The volunteers did a great job. The addition of a shower truck was awesome (8 stalls for men, 8 for women, and all the hot water you could want.) And a HUGE THANKS to the Reel Theatre for sponsoring it!!!
I am forwarding a message along from a friend who serves on ACHD's Bicycle Advisory Committee. Please let Rick know if you're interested in helping out. This seems like a worthy (and fairly simple) endeavor for the team:
Rick Overton's Message:
I am fortunate enough to be a member of the ACHD's Bicycle Advisory Committee, and we're organizing a volunteer activity that I thought all of you might connect with.
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!