Originally Posted by Dudelsack
What is the 70 miler like? Do you have a ft./mile estimate?
Anything for my wife to do in London?
Dudelsack. The Green Route (69 miles) is actually my favorite route on the Redbud Ride. It is extremely scenic. You will have lots of short, but occasionally steep hills, mixed with flats and little rollers. The longest hills is not more than a quarter mile long. The first steep climb is about 12 miles into the ride. The signature climb is called Tussey Hill. Tussey Hill is a 0.25 mile at about 16% grade, followed by a 0.1 mile flat to recover. After the short recovery you will climb 0.1 mile at a whopping 20% grade. Tussey Hill will be at about 31 miles. Tussey will be your last major climb. However, you will have lots of rolling hills after this. You will have at least 3 rest stops (maybe 4 or 5), including the lunch stop. The Redbud Ride rest stops are absolutely the best and most fun rest stops in the cycling world. Below is a link to the map to the Green Route:
As you may know, mapmyride always underestimates the feet of vertical climb. The Green Route will actually have between 4,000 and 4,500 feet of climb.
There will be lots of things for your spouse to do while you are riding. I don't know exactly what's planned this year but in the previous two years there has been art shows, bluegrass music, Barbecue, etc..
Last year the Redbud Ride had 669 cyclists from 22 states. I predict we will have about 1,000 cyclists this year.