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Old 02-04-11, 09:34 PM
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Pedal thru the Pines questions

Anyone who's familiar with the Pedal thru the Pines ride in Bastrop, I'm hoping you could give me some help on a few questions.

First, I'd like to ride it with my 16-year-old niece, who's been riding weekly with me since September. She also runs and works out with her ROTC group, so she is in decent shape. We have done up to 30 mile rides recently, but we don't see long or steep hills and only do about 800' elevation change in 30 miles. She sometimes struggles on our small hills; I don't think her cycling muscles are well developed though I don't worry too much about her overall fitness level. Is the 50-mile route going to be too much for her? I don't want her first organized ride to be a bad experience.

Also, I see that part of the return route is along Hwy 71. That's a 70-mph highway; do they close off the right lane or otherwise make it feel a little safer than it sounds?
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