We rode the 50 mile ride for the Pink Ribbon ride, which is coming up at the end of the month. I thought that this would be a pretty easy ride, 50 miles, no mountains, and ladies along on the ride. Boy was I wrong! One rolling hill after the other, short steep ones, shallow long grades, one hill after the other, some with about 20 feet of downhill to recover before the next one. Plus, Jeff and I racing to the top of each one didn't make it any easier. 2 hours into the ride we were averaging 18 MPH. The temps were in the 60's and it was overcast perfect weather, CX weather, perfect for CX training.
Oh! and remember the ladies, four of the strongest fastest ladies I know! Janine, Jonell, Nicole, and Susi very strong riders. We were all especially proud of Nicole since she rode ten miles further than ever before. Since the ride was a group ride with no drop we always regrouped at intersections (once we all figured out were everyone was when one group took a wrong turn) and I still ended with a 17 mph average. This ride is so hilly it's great for building aerobic fitness not to mention very scenic. It has been renamed the "Ronde Van Hellingen" what a great ride.