Today was to be the bad day, the really cold and wet ride that we would suffer through just cause. Trish, Rob, Dave, Anna and I all met at Walmart in Rockland. We thought this would be a good place to save time as some of us needed to buy toothpaste, food and pickles anyways.
We were rolling by 12pm. Glorious sunshine and dry roads, Surprise! I had downloaded the route onto my 705 so following the course was really easy. For the first time in my life I was telling people where to turn and I didn't feel lost. It was a life changing experience.
Anyways, there were 2 steep climbs in the first 5 km, not long but steep enough to break things up right away. Overall the course was pretty damn tough. 86 km in about 3.5 hrs. One flat for Anna as usual. We waited for her.
I'd guess it was at least 80% gravel/dirt roads. There were only a couple of paved road stretches that lasted more than 5km. Seemed like we were always turning and always getting beat up by pot holes big sinky gravel or washboards. Awesome! It also felt pretty hilly, I was pretty tired from a long ride the day before but I was still able to tell flat from hilly--it was hilly.
I highly recommend checking it out even if you don't plan on racing it, especially if you haven't ridden in the area before.
Can you believe it's March!!!