Wife and I did Foxy's Century (Davis, CA) yesterday. This was by far the toughest ride we had done in 20+ years. Of course we just restarted riding after 20+ years in August 2008. The weather was absolutely perfect. Started at 0730 with arm warmers and down to Jersey at the first rest stop. Got a bit warm at our 1500 finish time. Virtually no wind which apparently can be the real downside of this ride.
Finished the 106 miles at a 15.7 mph average which was about what I figured we could do. Definitely more climbing than we expected. The Foxy's website proclaims "2000' of climbing". You be the judge (profile attached). My trusty Garmin came up with 8313 of elevation gain. Now the Garmin is very fastidious about counted rollers and such, but unless you step way, way back from the profile and only count gains of over 100 or 200'? My Wife and I call this character building. We walked about 100 yds up the end of one hill when my HR was through the roof so I guess our actual mileage was 106 -300/5280.
ChiChi (George) picked us out at the finish as the only Davinci around. Really good to meet one of the other inhabitants of this forum.
Lessons learned: (1) Don't depend on rest stops for nutrition. The rest stops were fine, but we need to consume some calories on a more regular basis. (2)Maybe start out a bit slower? (3) Figure out why only my right leg is cramping. (4)Work on climbing more. (5)Work on standing more. (6) Loose more weight. (7)Don't ask your stoker "What's going on back there?" during a climb!
We've certainly exceeded my goals for this short year of cycling. My wife and I can't wait for Spring to arrive.