Longest ride for me yet this year. In fact, longest ride I've ever done. Started out cold and raining, but I really enjoyed it nonetheless. Felt really good at the end. Butt was only grumbling a tiny bit, hands were a bit sore - not too much. I was surprised at how many folks I saw stopped at the top of some of the climbs, draped over their handlebars, gasping for breath. I think that there are a lot that do this ride as their first of the season, completely unprepared but they soldier on.
Very well organized event, but the organizers have been doing it for 20 years, so they probably have it down to a science by now.
My brother, sister and I rode together until the halfway lunch stop where my brother was joined by my sister-in-law and I was joined by my wife. Marcy's only done maybe 25 miles total this season, so 25 miles was a pretty good accomplishment. I would have let her make her way on her own, but there were a LOT of folks getting flats, and didn't want to leave her at the mercy of a good Samaritan or a SAG wagon (she had all the tools and materials, just not the skill), so I did "loops" darting ahead a mile or so, then coming back and riding along with her for awhile. I did have to ask her to try to pick up the pace at one point - it's hard to keep a road bike going in a straight line at 3mph!!
We had enough fun that we're already talking about doing it again next year.
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