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Wildflower Century

Saturday,  04/30/11  08:19 PM

Yay me; today I rode the Wildflower Century, my first century in six weeks, whew.  This is an "easy" century, 98 miles with just 6,500' of climbing, but today it was spiced with a chilly 15mph+ wind.  (Eichhorn's Law: every wind is a headwind.)  I finished in 6:15 riding time, not bad considering the wind, and I took it easy; tried to avoid the temptation of blasting after pacelines.  It is a beautiful ride and although there were no wildflowers this year (!) the scenery was amazing.

Some pictures:


the route: 98 miles, 6,500', and cruising through some of the most beautiful scenery anywhere


even "easy" rides have climbing, and this one was *not* easy


my bike enjoys the scenery, although where are the wildflowers?


this is the classic section of this ride, up Sea Shell Drive
not pictured, 15mph+ headwind - who ordered that?


Chardonnay basking in the sunshine :)


the final climbs through the mountains are beautiful and all the nicer for being the final climbs


happy Rabo rider - another century conquered

All in all, yay, a pretty great way to celebrate Queen's Day!

 
 

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