Yesterday morning turned out to be a great day to try our annual Hell Ride to Northbridge and back, 65 degrees, no sun, no wind. So off me and Ms HH went. The Hell Ride is what we use to guage our year to year progress and although it's only 20 miles, it's the hardest 20 we ride all year.
About a mile from home we start a climb out of the valley up to the ridge, 3 miles at 12% with a 18% section the last .5 miles.
Last year = three rest stops with a triple crank (30/26)
This year = one rest stop with a compact double (34/27)
Once at the top it's about 5 miles of rollers as we ride through Upton taking South St down the other side of the ridge into the Upton State Forest, lots of steep ups and downs. At mile 12 we hit Northbridge road and start the 3 mile 9% climb up the other side of the ridge.
Last year = one rest stop
This year = none
After a nice downhill cruise into Mendon, we climb the short steep repeating sections of Mills St. Then another downgrade, and the last 1 mile climb back into our neighborhood.
It was a great ride and I was pretty satisfied with the progress over last year. Our average for the ride was 12mph. I am also continually amazed at how nice the BMC is to ride. Sorry no pics this time.