Tour de Cure - Kansas City
When I got up and went outside, it was misting a little at 5:30 AM. I decided not to bring
rain gear it was 65 degrees.
We left downtown Kansas City MO at 7 AM. I started out fast 20 mph. I wanted to get
out in front to get around some construction barricades. We went over the Burlington
bridge hwy 9. I was staying at 20 mph and talking to other riders. My best ride avg in the
past was 14.2. I didn't know how fast I could pace because I had bought some slicks
Wednesday and had not tested them long range.
We came to some gravel, I slowed down and was passed by 20+/- riders.
It was still cloudy but the misting had stopped. When we got to a rest station at Farley on
hwy 45 I stopped but didn't feel the need to hang around. That early leave put me back in
front of those 20 riders. By this time my avg speed was 18 mph. I still thought I might be
going too fast but I felt good so I maintained that pace. Turned West on 45 spur one guy
caught me and I followed him over the Missouri river bridge to Leaventhworth Kansas. I
let him go after we got to town. Turning North again on hwy 73 we were heading Nw
into the wind. How fast was the wind? I don't know I always overestimate it. But it was
strong enough to make the down hills not easy.
About 1/2 way through we came to a long steady hill after a while I really became
fatigued my avg speed was down to 15 mph and I was peddling at 9 to 10 mph. my
cadence was above 60. I pulled out a peanutbutter/honey sandwich. It was dry but I
forcd it down washing it down with water. Now the sun came out. Not long after my
energy picked up a lot. I started pushing on the down hills but could only get it up to
Arriving in Atchison KS we got a bus (provided by the Tour de Cure) across the
Missouri river. The bridge was narrow it would not be fun riding over it.
Riding back South we had the wind behind us. And flat roads for awhile. I was running
17-20 mph pace. When we got close to Weston the hills started up again shorter but
steeper then the ones on the Kansas side. I could tell when I got to Weston I was spent. I
was standing on the pedals to climb. About 4 guys passed me in the last 3 blocks.
Just as I got to the finish my wife and daughter had parked the car and arrived at the road
where we were finishing. So it was neat they got to see me come in.
When I got off the bike I was a little dizzy and sat down. I ended up with a avg speed of
15.8 mph. A record avg speed by 1.6 mph when I increased my record distance by 20
miles. 70 miles total. So I'm pleased with the ride. (My computer measures rolling time
only). I am also pleased with my Bianchi Volpe it was humming.
A century is now within view.
They had a lunch for us. I won a T-shirt by being first to answer a trivia question "What
year did Greg Lamond win the Tour de France." I answered 1989. He also won in 1986 &