Pam kicked me out of the van at 5:30am today so she can drive on the bike route before the riders to save a few hours of driving around. I had a wonderful home made sweetroll and an egg sandwich at the school. I got my bike at 6 and around 25% of the bikes were gone. The first 14 miles to the first Aid Station only had 2000 feet of climb but it was one of my most difficult sections because of a surprised head winds over 10mph. I did manage to draft for 8 miles and my average was still only 9.3 mph.
I am trying something new I am posting as I am riding. Now I’am at the second Aid Station at mile 27. I am enjoying the ride a lot more the wind died down. I climb an additional 1,600 feet to this Aid Station and my average increased to 10.2mph. All smiles.Made the top of blue mesa summit at elevation 8631 feet and mile 28.3 now a downhill.
I am now at Aid Station 4 at mile 53. My average speed has increased another mile an hour to 12.2 mph. I almost didn’t want to stop at the Aid Station because we have a tailwind and gliding along at 20 mph. It is a pretty ride along the reservoir. It is very dry out and starting to get hot.
We then went into town and ate at the Ol Miner Steakhouse.