30 Mile Rest Day – Gunnison to Crested Butte
Distance 27 miles
Average 14.2 mph
Feet of Climb 1365
Maximum Speed 30.3 mph
Last night we had some rain, lighting and thunder but we woke up to a chilly 50 degrees crisp morning with lots of sun.
At 6:15am the bike corral was still 90% full. On previous day’s it would only be 30% full at this time.
We went into town for breakfast and I started riding at 8:25am. It was warming up fast so I rode with my wind jacket off. There was a headwind from the northeast at about 15 mph. I started out riding alone at 13 mph with the headwind. After a few miles a group of eight riders passed me so I latched onto the rear. They were only going one mile an hour faster than me but I was using 30% less energy riding with them. By the time we got to the first rest area there were an additional 8 riders latched on behind me.For the last 17 miles I could not find the right group to ride with they were either to fast or slow. I did ride with a couple from Bolder I met two years ago from the Wisconsin Hill Country PAC Tour ride.