I know this could go in the regional specific part of the forum but I know not everyone looks at those.
Did anyone here do reach the beach?
It was a rainy century. I'd say 60% of it rained on us fairly hard and consistently. I'm not a rainy weather rider, but I figured I signed up for it, I need to do it. Though after watching the forecast the last week, I got less and less excited to do it as I saw it get worse and worse. I started out with just jersey, arm warmers, leg warmers, shoes covers and light wind vest, but last minute decided to throw on my jacket instead of the jersey/vest. Good thing I did, because I think it would have been miserable if I hadn't.
I am in the best condition I have ever been and was super excited to put it to the test this year. We beat last years time by 55 minutes even with the rain! 103 miles, average speed was 18.1mph, 5:34 of actual ride time and 3624ft of climbing.
Here is my strava
Aside from not having the greatest weather, it was a phenomenal ride. There wasn't one time during the ride where I thought to myself, "dang...another X miles to go!?" or felt that my body was showing any fatigue. This is the first century where I finished without any saddle/butt issues and I gotta tell ya, its a nice change!!! The only thing that I found to be sub par was the braking in the super wet conditions form the carbon wheels. There were a couple good descents where aluminum brake surfaces would have been nice, but I still wouldn't have changed them out considering how well they felt on every other part of the ride.
If you rode this century, I'd love to hear your story!
(I'm in middle). That little guy next to me is a silent killer! one look at him and most would dismiss him to be a fat old bloke that would be reaching for the nearest oxygen mask. He works at my LBS and rides 60 miles total to and from work 5 days a week. We call him the german tank.