Genetics have failed me
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Zorneding, Germany
Bikes: Norwid Aaland, Dahon mju, Pedalforce CX1, Trek Madone 5.9, Old MTB and lots of spare parts
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Hilly Hunded... Bloomington is a beautiful biking area
I'm back from the 40th Hilly Hundred and it was a blast to ride. Saturday 48 miles through some steep inclines and fast declines and Sunday another 50 miles with Mt Tabor being a short, but impressive 20% incline with people at the top cheering you on to get up there and signs on the bottom telling you to walk on the right side.
The event is exceptionally well organized. 5000 riders from all over the country join into a beautiful ride with some awesome hills (Watertower Hill, 'The 3 Sisters', Mt Tabor) and some other good sized hills were I was huffin and puffin up those hills at a mere 5mph or so. Thank goodness for my bailout 3rd ring in front or I would have walked Mt Tabor. That hill was brutal and it took all my mental strength not to dismount and call it quits even tho I was almost over it at that time. I think I need to loose more weight for next year.
Some interesting bikes like a few bents and some very low bents where the rider is almost lying down, a few foldable bikes, some bikers with normal!!! Pedals, no clips or straps made it up some of the hills and a unicycle who had to walk some of the hills as I can imagine it ain't easy putting force onto the pedals when trying to climb.
Tent space was good, everything was nicely marked and signs all over the place to direct you to the right place.
The lunch spots had some live music with some good food, fruits and ice cream for dessert.
Both days I blasted by the first rest stop as my legs were good and I only stopped at the lunch site to eat and at the 3rd rest stop to fill up water.
Both days it was quite chilly in the morning and I had to wear my long sleeve coats or arm warmers, otherwise I would have caught a nice cold or worse.
I'm going to be back next year as it was a great ride and the hills are challenging fun.
Oh, and I did not have to walk any of the hills, I conquered every single one of them!
Here is the data from the Garmin computer: