Well I did a 200k ride here in the VA! And it was pretty good. The course was, in all honesty, really good. It had the really fun climb, 15% grade, literally under 5k from the end of the ride. That, and I am being totally honest here, expected and i was truly happy to see the the DC Rando club has, at least seems to, a sense of humor like the Settle International Rando club. I mean, you have actually ridden 200k, lets make that last 6 or 7 really bad. I like it, and if I wasn’t clear, I am not complaining, I REALLY did like it.
So I could go into the whole ride but that would be a bit goofy, but highlights are always good. It went exactly like this, I rolled on the flats and false flats pretty well, I feel that the couple of long grades that were on the course and did not exceed, let’s say 8%, were fun and I rode pretty well, but the slightly longer (no rolling hills but the sharp ones that are just long enough so that you can’t carry momentum) sharp climbs which had grades up to 15-17% killed me.
That was a long run on sentence that will be followed by another one right here that needs to be cut off and have me start a new sentence that…..Okay back to the report.
On the really steep little climbs I would keep the same mantra in my head. DAMN DONUTS! Okay, I really don’t eat them all that much, but the idea is there. I eat too much food and I really paid for it on those steep climbs. Will I learn and loose a whole bunch of weight? I would like to think so, but really I would say not.
I have often thought that the Rando folks are some of the nicest to ride with anywhere, and the DC Rando club proved that to be the case. It is almost like an instant group of friends to ride with despite them having only seen you on the course for five minutes.
The course itself was really really fun. We rode through three Civil war Battlefields and I felt that I really need to go back and pay my respects to those who fought that war and learn a bit more about what happened. Gettysberg was big and pretty shocking. I really need to go check that place out. I went as a kid and really did not appreciate what happened there during the battle.
Well enough of me, I will recap the 200k and then put in a picture of two and have some breakfast. Three hours on the bike and Football. Have fun and I wish I was the Single Speed Italy in Finale Ligure. Great course, great people and a ton of fun.
Good cheese and okay Salami
I saw a lot of this. Roads with few cars. It was very nice.
Not the best picture, but i life it was really nice.
Never really met them, just took the picture.
Hard to tell, but this is going uphill
Still going up
Still going up
This was what I saw right after the climb. i thought it was pretty ironic
PA State Memorial at Gettysberg.
The road home.