This seems post-worthy... certainly, for me, it is
The Tour of California is coming to town in a few weeks, sponsored by Amgen, a bio-pharmaceutical company dedicated to fighting cancer. As a prelude to that, the Breaking Away from Cancer charity ride will be held.
For 150 bucks, you can ride a 25 mile loop "with" George Hincapie (like I'll actually see the guy, let alone ride along with him. But, close enough for me and I *do* get the commerative jersey ).
The loops cruises through the wonderful riding environment of the mid peninsula, through Palo Alto, Portola Valley and Wooside. Rolling hills, open chapparal, redwoods, $million+ homes... just a beautiful, beautiful area. And, at times, challenging. We do live in hill country here thanks to a quite active seismology. Living on the Faultline, indeed.
I rode part of this area the day I picked up my LeMond a year ago... about killed me
But I've come a long way since then and, before I could ride with George, I had to know: Could I do it?
So I set out to find out today and, even with getting lost, going in a big circle -adding an additional 4 or 5 miles to the ride- and having to cover part of it twice, the answer is I am signing up. It was actually pretty much a non-event.
Sure, as usual, I started out too fast and had to find some reserves about 2/3's of the way in and there were a couple of "spots of bother" when I had to go up some -for me- prolonged climbs (and one of them twice) but, in the end, it wasn't all that demanding. 2:15 minutes of riding plus 15 minutes of breaks along the way... OK, I'm not fast but the event, including post-ride festivities, is scheduled for 4 hours so I know I'll make it in time. Even the last bit before returning to my car... driving over it, it seems long and steep and daunting and I kind of dreaded having to deal with that at the end but, no big deal... got my pace going and I was up and over before I knew it.
I am stoked.
Here's the route and the profiles. Apologies for the profiles' formatting...
The first is the route I took today, the second is what it was supposed to be.
What I did
What it should have been