Gina and I were heading back on the bikes from the coast yesterday. Feeling pretty good and doing a good pace. Just as we were approaching an underpass, some dude pulls out in front of us, not sure why he didn't wait, underestimating our speed I guess. So we're right behind then he picks it up. I guess thinking he was going to drop us anyway.
He did pretty well but kept looking back to see where we were. He'd pull away on the flat section but face BIGTIME on the short itty bitty climbs of the underpasses. I took this opportunit to point out to Gina why doing GMR was so beneficial to riding. As some would call them, the underpases are bumps, not hills. At this point I could tell he was playing the game.
The guy was smoking on the flats for a while and with every section, he'd open the gap to about 40 yards. But with every underpass, we'd close it by 20! At the rate he was doing on the flats, I was really surprised that he would lose so much on each little climb, err I mean bump. After each bump I say "see what I'm talkin' about?" to Gina.
Gina was worried about overheating like she has so many other times on the trail. Sunday was hot but she wasn't overheating, must be the last 5 weeks in a row riding up GMR talking. With every bump we encounter Gina was hammering up! Each time quickly closing the gap the guy had set. Finally on one bump I floored it and hoped she'd stay on my wheel, she did. We flew by the guy about a mile before Edna Park (heading north) but riding safely across the bridge gave him time to latch on.
So I continue the pace with Gina on my wheel and the guy on her wheel. He then tells us that his wife was also riding and that she gave up at 15 or so miles so he continued alone. He then asked us how far we had ridden, at this point 38 of 42. He was shocked and said we were doing good and had far more miles than he had.
So we continue then I pull out the Flip recorder and start recording as he's on our wheels. He then pulls up and says, "what are you doing, recording footage while you pull the Gringo?" I'm not sure what he meant by the comment but for the record, I'm a white guy form Montana but cycling in the sun has taken it's toll!
Yeah I know, but this forum has been very boring lately, even to Montana standards!