Now this is the way it's done! I did the Mountains of Misery ride yesterday in NewPort, VA, and the support couldn't have been better. There were 10 total rest stops. Good food and friendly host. Baked potatoes! I used about every other one, except to duck in and use the facilities.
On the final 3-mile, 11.9% average grade, there was tons of encouragement and support, including the traditional cowbells at the finish, and even an announcer to call off our names.
I was able to complete the 60-mile, and the final climb without having to walk, but it was a close call at the end. Plenty of much, much younger/thinner riders were walking to the end.
I didn't have to test the organizers' patience by being the last one out on the course this time I had 7:12 ride time, and 7:52 course time.
Now for the Over-50 content:
1) I wore my 50+ jersey on the ride. I didn't see any others out there. Most of the people I passed on the climb were wearing team kits
2) Today I'm doing colon prep for my colonoscopy tomorrow, so I'm on the old liquid diet routine. I don't think this is quite fair considering how ravenous I am after yesterday's ride