Well, go thru the ride today. Yuck, ugly day! Stted in heavy drizzle and continued for 40 miles. Including heavy fog. At times visibilty was about 30 yards. Pretty scary when traffic is flying up the mtn and around switchbacks at 80 mph!
I started the ride without legcover as it's cleared up fairly early on the ride past years. At about 3 or4 miles up the mtn (15 miles in) my calf cramped. I had plenty to drink a the right stuff, and a good meal and fuel. I'd chalk this one up to my inner clock! I work at night, and don't usually get to bed till 3am. Well working a night shift one day then the next trying to go to bed at midnight and getting up for the ride at 3:45 am ( my usual beddy bye time). I think my clock was off and the bod was not happy doing some mtns climbing. Well I pulled over for a minute then continued after it eased.
Official results are not up yet but I think most riders struggled with the heavy drizzle and muck. I elt well prepared as far as training rides but I didn't do as well as I wanted. My best a few years back was 7:40, this time I finished the ride in 8:13 and a ride time of 7:40. Must be old age catching up!
I heard the timekeeper mention that 50 riders did not complete the ride! So I don't feel so bad!
Highlight of the ride. I rode in behind a line of about 5 guys all in race kits. Lean mean looking dudes! I heard their times read off after the barcode scan, 9:05,9:10,9:03. Then mine said :8:13. The time keeper said dam, that's a good time. I was happy with it after I heard the others. I said to the timekeeper," and I'm a Clyde, I have to work harder "
Pics were taken by Gina. My lovely wife was so kind as to drive the hundred miles offering support. Refilling waterbottles, wiping away the tears etc. She took the pics after the weather cleared. I didn't get any shots since it was way to wet and foggy to take pics or let go of the handlebars.
After 7000 ish feet of climbing at the lunch stop. Mile 50'ish! Finally somewhat clear skies but still cool
C'mon, make up your mind! Warm at the bottom of Onyx but got cold again within a mile after I had already stripped the layers! ARight before the 8400 elevation marker.
At about mile 85. Who in the heck added climbs on the descent?