Climbing Above It All
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Basking in the Sun.
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Tour de Cashiers ride report
With all the dire weather forecast for today's ride, it really is a wonder anyone decided to show. It turned out to be a much smaller crowd than usual for sure and I feel bad for the organization. Living so close to the start I was able to watch the radar and updated advisories issued by the weather service. It turned out that there was a window of decent weather, for the metric anyway, that made the ride possible, for me.
The metric century is a little over 63 miles and has right at 7000 ft of climbing. If you ever want an early season ride to test your legs this is it. What's notable about the course is that there is very little fluff elevation gain to be had. Most of the climbs are sharp, steep and some are long. It seems that all the hills feature grades of 8% or better, with several sections over 10%. For much of the ride you either are going up or down and even the rollers require low gear efforts.
The ride started on wet roads, uphill of course, in balmy low 50 degree calm conditions. That would change as the day progressed as the temp at the finish was 41 with a strong wind building. Up on the last couple of gaps the temp had to be in the 30s. But, it never rained. Fog was a brief problem on the top half of the long descent of Walnut Ck. The wind pushed me around a few times but really when it finally started to rev up it was mostly from behind.
Other than this ride being my first real hard climbing effort of the season it went fairly well. My time was a little better than last year, though my total time up the two big climbs was a little slower. Probably due to the extra pounds I'm carrying right now. After the ride we all enjoyed a buffet lunch while the band played on. It was a 45 minute drive back home and by the time I got out of the shower it was snowing. I hope the guys doing the full century had made it in by then.
My time for the metric was 4:39 riding and 4:50 total.