This is for my friend Al...
He picked me up at 10:30 this morning to take the touring bikes out for a shake down ride and I deemed it the "Tour de Maggot" since both of us are still pretty pasty from a long Canadian winter and in the process of tuning up the bodies.
We rode 32 km through and in and out of the river valley which has some decent climbs where the grades can get up to the point where many will opt to walk rather than ride... think one 2 km stretch is a pretty consistent 12% and a few shorter sections and run ups exceed that.
Best quote of the day was after I decided we should drop back into the valley and my friend said "We really don't have to go down again".
Best moment was passing a bunch of high school kids who were dying on that 12% climb and there was no way a guy on the near side of fifty and another who is on the near side of 70 were going to get off and walk... although many of these kids were.
Felt good through the entire ride... touring bike was 47 pounds as dressed and really had no problem with anything... a beautiful red head on a Dutch roadster passed us on an easy climb... she is my friend's wife and her bike has an electric assist up front.