Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Vertical Challenge: 06.21.08; 111 miles, 11,000ft.

This was by far my most difficult ride of 2008. It gave me a newfound appreciation for those cyclists that rode the DMD and Davis Double with the heat factor component as well. We cycled the back side of Mt. Hamilton (temps as high as 115 degrees) and Sierra Rd. My first for Sierra Rd. Kim told us about the 3 staircase levels:she was right plus some. The back side of Mt. Hamilton is my mental anguish and it won again. With friends support, I was able to complete this ride. The views were incredible; mother nature did not disappoint: sun, heat, thunder/lightening, fires, and some rain. My highlights: finishing this ride; the support of Fab 5's, Kim Collier, and Cherry City Cyclists. The most rewarding memory: sag stop on top of Sierra Rd.: we soaked our feet in cold ice. It was our longest century: 12 hr. total time.

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