Grasshopper: Chileno Valley
February 16, 2013
Beautiful day for some suffering in northern Marin county. Sean and I cruised up to Occidental for Grasshopper #2.
Yep - my face says it all. I knew my legs didn't show up and I was about to put in a good 5 hours of suffering. This was confirmed almost immediately - not even 30 seconds into the ride, we hit a steep climb out of Occidental - OUCH time. Legs burning, I moved backwards through the group of about 300 riders, and Sean pulled ahead. Crap! I started feeling a bit better by the top and passed a ton of people on a couple sketchy descents down to Hwy 1.
Insanely gorgeous on Hwy 1. I was able to latch on to a large group of about 30 riders, and we made good time barreling down the PCH. The group splintered when we hit Valley Ford, and I caught up to Sean who was waiting for me. He was riding super strong and I just tried to hang on to him as we soloed our way to Tomales and the Marshall Wall.
After the Wall, the legs decided to take a nap and I lost contact with the group we had joined - had to suffer alone for a while up the long gradual climb to the aid station. Luckily the aid station wasn't far and I was able to rejoin Sean there.
My veiw for most of the day - spandex ass.
Pounded the Osmo and some gels, and we set off for the final 30 miles. Made pretty good time through the mostly flat Chileno Valley - latched onto a group going at a fairly leisurely, although never comfortable, pace.
Looks nice, but you can't smell the cow shit - holy hell.
25 miles went by super fast, and then we hit Joy Rd. Every man for himself. Sean and I launched off the front of the group and crushed it. Came in at an even 5 hours. Pretty amazing ride, these events are an awesome mixture of amazing scenery and intense, serious riding. Also amazing is the caliber of people who come to these things - Sean and I are no slouches on the bike, and we finished 170th! Out of 250 starters! Damn, these NorCal roadies are fast.
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