Here is my Strava Ride Data:
Got a couple PR's
I never once used my small chain ring (there weren't lots of hills but there were some small ones that in the past I would have gone to an easier gear)
Here I am with one of my Beach Cities Womens Cyclists club pals:
Was a beautiful day that started out a bit overcast (we call it June gloom here even tho it happens in other months too). It cleared up by mid-ride tho and was gorgeous. The ride utilized quite a bit of beach path/MUP instead of the road, which I hated because you have to not only watch out for the inexperienced riders on the event but pedestrians, strollers, dogs, kids on skateboards, rollerbladers, surfers crossing the path with their boards etc. I narrowly avoided a few collisions due to inattention by these "obstacles". They DON'T look before trying to cross! I had to yell out a few times and had my hands on the brakes ready to hit em (which I don't want to do suddenly in case a rider is close behind me).
Some of the nice views:
Here is a fellow rider on the beach path in Long Beach toward end of ride. That was the jersey they sold for the ride. I pre-ordered one and paid for it in March (XXL) hoping and praying it would fit me. Well, the organizers chose two options for fit that resulted in my not being able to wear my jersey (Ladies & Race Fit)...I typically don't fit well in ladies shirts/jerseys due to my build/weight. I managed to get the jersey ON...but I was encased like a sausage and was NOT wearing it for the ride as planned.
Here I am at the turn-around point in Huntington Beach near the Pier.
Here I am at one of the tech stops on the route with the GM for one of my clubs Sponsors (Jax Bicycles - where I have purchased 4 bikes to date).
At end of ride in Long Beach with my BCWC pal and her twin sister.
Funny how when I signed up for this ride way back in early March, I thought 32 miles was a LONG LONG LONG ride. Now it is no big deal. I could have ridden faster than my stats show but I was riding with my two friends and it isn't a race so we just cruised and enjoyed ourselves.