Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: In Oregon looking for more hills to ride
Bikes: 2016 Niner RLT Steel, 2015 GT Grade Carbon 105, 2014 NS Bikes Eccentric, 2013 Norco Sight Killer B-1
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I'll go ahead and add the few pictures that I took and fill in with a ride report. As TC noted, today was not the best day to be riding. The morning started out cold at around 50 degrees and stayed that way until noon, when it was still 60 degrees. The forecast called for temps in the mid 80's so some of the riders were not prepared for the to deal with it. The first 22 miles had a nice tail wind, but also a lot of hills. Soon after leaving the first rest stop the wind kicked into full gear, my guess is in the 10-20mph range. The second section was open and flat, but the head/cross winds kept speeds down. I was at one point pumping hard and only able to get around 13mph.
After getting out of the second rest stop, the course headed out into the wind again, but with hills. TC needs to be proud of himself, not only did he complete his first metric, but did it in one of the most brutal rides that I have experienced myself. I opted to do the metric from the beginning, but was surprised at the number of riders that opted to cut their rides short due to the conditions. I decided to ride my cross bike today while carrying my trunk bag. It may have not been the best choice considering, but I made it with my commuter tires and all. I have done my share of metrics, but must say that this may have been tougher then my full century rides. Again, we really need to be proud of the effort the TC put out today, he had to really work hard to get this metric done.
Here are a few pictures from the ride.
The morning started at Chemeketa Community College in Salem Oregon.Tthe club expected about 1000 riders, but I think that they may of had more based by what I saw in the parking lot.
Here is TC looking fresh and ready to go!!!
The second rest stop had a covered bridge that I thought that The Historian might enjoy seeing
This my loaded Kona Jake, maybe not the wisest choice for the day, but it got me home.
and.... what we all were riding for, A nice piece of peach pie at the end.