Two years ago, CWC was my first century ride with serious (7400 feet) of climbing. I finished, but felt like I was the LAST person to finish, taking over 9 hours to complete the course. Determination to do better led to two years of serious training, lots of time in the gym (many squats) and the loss of 20 lbs. Yesterday was better , I finished in 7:07 riding time. There are some steeps climbs (and descents) on this ride; without intending to I set a personal speed record of 50.0 mph and several other peak speeds were in the 47 mph range. (I don't spare the attention to look at the GPS during the descents(!) so didn't know the speeds until I dumped out the data today).
They postponed the ride to let Hanna pass through Maryland and the next day was glorious, blue skies, low humidity and temps from 60 at 7:00 AM into the high 80's in the afternoon. Just about perfect for riding.
It's a beautiful ride. They have rides from 50 miles with little climbing, a metric, a 77 mile ride and the full century. The longer courses are in a sort of hourglass shape, so that when you hit the neck of the hourglass (which comes after most of the climbs) you can choose a downhill 6 mile bailout back to the finish if you're tired. This makes for a versatile and safe routing system that encourages you to try something challenging.
This year that had a little surprise on the route. The big climb at mile 60 reached the peak I remembered from two years ago, but then the route markings (the ride was very well marked) showed a hard left turn with the word "NEW!", and then the road just went....UP. The GPS was recording short peaks of 15+% and I was suddenly happy to have a triple. The new section was beautiful to ride along a ridgeline, shady, but very steep and thankfully just a few miles long.
It was a great event, and hats off the organizers for saving the ride by postponing it for a day. Quite a logistical feat.
Ride profile attached.