As you might have guessed by the title , myself and forum member timmythology completed our first real century rides yesterday. It was the Strawberry Century and was a beautiful ride with about 2600 feet of elevation gain. The route started in Lebanon Oregon, and took us through the foot hills with a lap around Foster Reservoir, and then back down to a nice flat finish. I finished with a time of 6 hours 15 minutes and a 16.25 mph average. My knee started hurting about 30 miles in, but one of the other kind cyclist gave me some ibuprofen so I could finish the ride. It started to wear off at the end, so I hammered the last 20 miles out before it became to painful to ride. I am hoping that Tim (timmythology) will post here too, but I know he was planning another big ride today,so here is a least my pictures for now.
This is Jane (Tim's friend), Tim and myself, ready to ride at the beginning
Four minutes into the ride Tim had a flat tire.
The weather at first, was overcast, and we did get one short sprinkle. Otherwise, things were dry.
The route bordered the Santiam River for for awhile. Jane could not believe how green the water was.
This is Foster Reservoir, which was about the half way point for the ride.
This is some the foot hills on the way back. There were quite a few rolling hills to ride in this section.
...and this may have been the best part of the ride, STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE at the finish!!!
I am hoping Tim will be posting some of his pictures later. I did not get a chance to see him at the end due to me hammering my way to the finish, due to my knee hurting. Still, I am sure that he made it , He was feeling good at the last rest stop, so hopefully he made it and we will hear his thoughts also.