Rode the first day of the Catholic Diocese ride, Pilgrimage on Wheels, POW today. It started in Storm Lake, Iowa. Todays ride ended in Mapleton. The ride is a week long around NW Iowa. It ends in Sioux City on Saturday. It is celebration of the diocese 100th anniversary. I am only able to ride today then again on Saturday the 15th.
Today's ride was nothing but hills and either a very strong head or cross wind. The wind was so strong we had to peddle going down hill or we would have stopped. Now I don't mind climbing hills. Even on my recumbent. But mixed with a strong head or cross wind it can be very unpleasent.
However on my Vision recumbent I was passing a whole lot of wedgie riders today and not just on the flats but going up the hills as well. And most of these people are strong riders that could easily leave recumbent riders behind on hills if there was no wind. And on a lot of the hills I was in my granny gear and spinning my way to the top. On the flats while I was cruising along at 10 to 15 mph, (yes the wind was that strong), the wedgie riders could barely maintain 8 or 9 mph.
Today was the day for 'bents on this ride. I knew the 10% to 15% aerodynamic advantage would come in handy. Plus I don't feel so "beat up" by the wind as I would if I was riding a wedgie. I completed the 62 miles in 5:16:08. Not very admirable I know. But on a 'bent I did it a lot faster then most of the wedgie riders.
So fellow 'bent riders heres another one for us.