Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: In the foothills of Los Angeles County
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Completed first century yesterday,(sorry,jppe).
Well, the first since crashing my mtb 6 weeks ago. It was called "The Tour de Francis", named after the organizer Francis Ignacio, who is a long distance racer and all around great guy. Our club was invited to participate for free! The route was 100 miles through the mountains above Castaic Lake with 9500 feet of climbing. Tough enough, but throw in temps in the 30s and low 40s and wind, whoa.
The support was great, better than some rides I have paid $50 for, with lots of variety at the stops, including hot chicken soup at lunch! I gotta tell you, when you are cold and demoralized, some hot soup will get your spirit back, especially when followed by some tailwinds!
My group dropped me, so I rode the last 25 miles alone into the cold headwind. But at the finish was a huge spread of food and warm clothes in my car, so I felt good again, and glad to be done. Did I mention the steep 1.5 mile climb to the finish?
About 75 riders started, many turned back and some got picked up by the SAG vehicles, but I'm happy to be among those that did the whole damn thing.
Almost forgot, BD, my girlfriend and I went out for a wonderful salad and penne pasta in pesto sauce topped with 5 jumbo shrimp, yum!