14 members of our bike club drive 3 hrs to the center of the state to ride a practice run of the upcoming "Horrible Hundred." The weather was fabulous, clear, not much wind, low humidity, mid 80's. Our host took us on an condensed tour of the best (or worst?) climbs of the upcoming "Horrible Hundred."
The weather was great, mid 80's low humidity, mild breeze, and clear and sunny. I hung with the big dogs for as long as I could but after tortuous climb up the 8% grade of "Sugarloaf Mountain," it was only a matter of time before I got "dropped," cycling parlance for getting left in the dust. Also, I must confess, I chose to walk up the last 2/3rd of Sugarloaf. It was just a little too much for this old man. FAIL!
I need to give a big shout out to Jerry for organizing this event and for driving up and back 8^0 and to Felix for hanging with me when I got dropped. Also, Kudos to Kroupa for allowing us to use his place to shower up before lunch and the 3 hr trek home.
It was a great ride and a great experience. It give me food for thought for the upcoming "Horrible Hundred." On thing I know I need to do is put on the 12-27 cassette for this ride!