I rode the century route at the Spring Tune Up Ride in Madison, Georgia today. The ride was part of a 3 day event put on by the Bicycle Ride Across Georgia organization. I had planned to go up Friday after work and camp, but the storm system that came through overnight changed my plans. I got off to a late start because I had to wait out a tornado warning before leaving for Madison. By the time I drove up, got registered and ready to ride, it was after 9:00. But I was set on riding the century, so that's what I did. It had just stopped raining, but it was kind of cool and looked like it could rain again, so I wore my rain jacket.
By the time I got to the first rest stop, it was getting too warm in the jacket. I saw a friend from Augusta there on his touring bike, so I asked him to carry it for me and leave it on my car. Thanks, John. It was a little cool for a while without it, but it was soon fine. The temp ranged from 60 at the start to about 68 by the end.
At the second rest stop I met one of the guys who rode the century route at the April Fools Ride. He said he had ridden with me before out of Eatonton. He had flown past me on a hill a few miles before the stop, so there was no way I'd be riding with him.
The wind was about 12mph most of the morning and mostly behind me so not a problem. Soon after the 3rd rest stop at 41 miles at Mars Hill a little after noon, the wind started picking up and we turned right into it for the next 30 miles or so. It was brutal, supposedly 20 mph with gusts to 30. Actually I, along with several riders, missed the next rest stop in Good Hope and went off course for seven miles. I knew something was wrong when I hit some tailwind and 90 degree crosswind. Once we got to Bostwick we knew we were way off course. The seven miles back to the rest stop was awful. Strong headwind and fairly heavy traffic.
After the rest stop the wind got even worse until we got to Social Circle where I missed another rest stop but stayed on course. Now we finally had some long stretches of tailwind at it was nice! There was a 12 mile loop a few miles out of Rutledge which would have put me into some headwind for a while, but having a 14 mile surplus from my off route excursion, I chose to skip it and stay in the tailwind. I stopped at a gas station for water as I was running out. From there it was an easy ride into Madison via Rutledge with tailwind and mostly flat road. A welcome relief.
I finished with 103 miles in a little over 8 hours averaging 14.4 mph. I felt pretty good about that under the conditions. I was tired, but felt pretty good. Black Betty (my Roubaix) rode amazingly smoothly. The fit is dialed in very well as I had no pain in my back, shoulders, neck, hands or bottom. The new PI Pro bib shorts did great on their first ride. I was also well fueled with Perpetuem food substitute in one water bottle which I sipped on all day and water in the other. I had a small flask of energy gel that I hit several times during the ride to supplement the food substitute. I only ate a little at the rest stops, a couple of fig bars and a couple of PBJ sandwich halves. I had a big Jamocha shake from Arby's on the drive home.
wet roads by BluesDawg, on Flickr
let's get back on it by BluesDawg, on Flickr
tractor crossing by BluesDawg, on Flickr
bridge by BluesDawg, on Flickr
store stop by BluesDawg, on Flickr
done by BluesDawg, on Flickr