Tried my first century today. It was the tour de Palm Springs and there must have been 15000 riders. I donít know for sure but there were more than I had even seen in one place so Iíll make a wild guess. I know a lot of people seemed to pass me and I still finished about the middle of the pack
Anyway the ride started out against the wind and up hill towards whitewater. We climbed towards the Wind turbines about 1200 feet. Have I even mentioned I hate climbing? I am sure I have but I do it.
I think about 500 people passed me.
But not everyone did.
I managed to make it to the first Sag point close enough to the front to see how many people were still with us. It was very crowded.
I knew it would be windy and it Palm Springs and Whitewater specifically that means sand in the air. I picked up some classes over goggles to give me a break. They looked big but they worked.
Sag 2 still had a good sized crowd.
We were looking forward to the run to Indio.
Shortly after than picture we had some great down hills running into the Sag at the 50-mile marker. I didnít dare take my hands off the bars to get a picture. At one point I was hitting close to 45 MPH.
I missed the Sag point at the 70 mile marker and that almost killed me. I was head down just grinding away at a rather long slow grade and I just didnít look up to see it. By the 8o mile mark I was considering calling it a day and waiting for our Sag wagon. But half a bottle of PowerAde and Hammer apple cinnamon goo got me to the 90 mile Sag point. Once there I knew I could make the last 11 or twelve miles to make 102-104 miles total.
One of the guys I was riding with got to the 90 mile Sag after me. Some of you might have guessed why he got there after me but realized he stopped at mile 70.
All the Sag points had school bands playing blues and Jazz for us.
As we headed out for the last run to the finish line I had to admit it was a beautiful day for a ride.[/SIZE]
I now have some very sore legs, a tee-shirt, and a sore bottom. The seat worked fine but I have a fifty mile bottom on a 100 mile saddle. Did the ride in 7:33:19 of ride time.