A solid group of about 15 Tall Tree riders and friends met at the arena in Almonte this morning to recon next Sunday's route. We pulled in to the parking lot to the sight of another group getting ready to roll, comprised mainly of Cyclery folks. Ian, the route master, was also there, and asked both groups to test a new section off Darling Rd, looping back to Tatlock, approximately 6k long with a couple good climbs. We were keen to comply; what might the section bring?
The dirt throughout the route was in excellent shape today, having soaked up the recent rain. Buff would be appropriate. The wooded sections are in very good condition, with just a couple puddles in the final sector, Concession 6D. Only one flat was sustained over the route.
The potential new section was outstanding, possibly the finest dirt road sector in the while route, featuring rolling turns and beautiful surroundings. A couple good climbs figure, on around 15%. The sector would add about 11k to the route, for a total of about 97k. Our group would be happy for it to be included, as we think it is a high quality sector that would definitely enhance the route. Yes, 10 or so kilometers on top of a hard ride can be crushing. If the sector is added, I hope Bob makes the distance clear to everyone so there are no surprised. I think bringing the route up to just under 100k is perfectly appropriate for the spirit of the event; people simply need to know what they are in for and how to meter their efforts. The new sector would fall between about kilometer 57 and 68, from the arena. I hope it makes it in.
Hope to see you all there on Sunday.