Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Central IL
Bikes: 2013 Marin Pioneer Trail MTB; 2012 Marin Verona T3; 2012 Marin Bridgeway; 2008 Cannondale Touring 2; 1996 Cannondale MT1000 tandem
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Originally Posted by 10 Wheels
Did you go?
Yes, I rode the Rolling Hills Challenge 100 mile route and it was certainly a challenge with all the rolling hills for a Houston flat-lander like me. It didn't help that my longest ride of the season prior to this ride was a 50-mile ride the Monday before, on the flats. Prior to that I did one 40-miler and then a few 25's, so 100 miles in hills was exhausting yet fun.
The weather was fantastic. Mid-60's at the start, low 80's by ride finish, partly cloudy so the sun wasn't beating on you all day. Low humidity as winds were out of the north. It was a perfect day for a ride -- the rain held off in spite of predictions. The ride starts by heading north and making a loop south back to Columbus, which with north winds meant we had a slight headwind the first half of the ride while riding in a group, and then mostly a tail wind later on as things got more spread out and as the energy level diminished. Excellent ride support with water and orange gatorade at each stop (I don't care for lemon-lime gatorade), homemade cookies, bananas, oranges, and pickles at all stops. Also portable toilets and hand sanitizer. Well marked route with good signage, with signs one mile out from each rest stop alerting riders the rest stop was coming up.
I'd highly recommend this ride for anyone in the future. If 100 miles is too much of a challenge, they have 62, 50, and 25 mile routes. It was pretty country to ride through, lots of wildflowers. Two thumbs up!