Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Rode the MS 150 in style. Did the whole thing on the single speed Bianchi and had a great time. About 175 miles in 2 days, with a total ride time of about 10 hours. Finished up on Sunday riding behind a guy on a 57lb. cruiser and his buddy who had an inflatable Godzilla strapped to a tag-along bike with a sound system blasting Queen, Dire Straits, etc. Weather was beautiful, ride was fun, and the beer tent was refreshing.

The next week I spent time mostly on the Monkey, and over July 4th weekend went out for a looonng mtn bike ride. What I was told would be a 3-4 ride turned into a 6 hour epic, including Gold Camp Road, Old Stage Road, Jones Downhill, Chutes and Jacks. Fantastic ride. Perfect prep for the suffering I'll see in Leadville in a couple of weeks. I've never scoffed down a burrito at Chipotle as fast as the one I had after that ride. Total elevation gain/loss - 4000 feet, all front-loaded with the fun parts at the end, where they should be, after being earned.