We left Carlton this morning at about 7:30 am. I was very excited to ride, but nervous to see if I'd be able to keep up with my partners. Landon (far right) is a biking freak and claims to have drafted many a semi truck doing 50+ mph!
So we hit the road and in about 36 minutes and 10.17 miles later we hit our first rest stop (which was actually rest stop #2 since we started in Carlton instead of Proctor). Our average speed was 17 mph. Not too bad for the warm-up ride. Cory (right, below) decided it was wise to put some air in his tires at this point.
After the first rest stop we picked up the pace and averaged 18.6 to rest stop #3, biking 11.34 miles. Also I did some pulling (led our group) and was actually able to maintain a decent pace!
At 8:50 we reached rest stop #3 and took a quick breather. The next stop would be lunch!
With our 10.05 mile run to lunch our average speed increased again to 18.7 mph! The Subways were great!
And a bit filling. Our 9.13 mile run from lunch to rest stop #5 was a little slower (17.4 mph). It was definitely getting warmer. Landon (right, below) was tired of my camera phone.
Our last run was the going to be the longest (15.6 miles). Amazingly we all hit a major second wind! At one point we were consistently holding 24 mph, all of taking our turn pulling, and still doing that with a head wind!
And finally, the finish:
Overall we averaged about 19 mph and arrived in Hinckley at about 11:45am (I think I arrived at Hinckley last year about 3pm)! And I kept pace the entire day! I owe most of that to the awesome bike that my boss, Kerry, borrowed me for the event: A 2005 (I think) Bianchi Cross Concept.
Now it was time to check into the hotel, relax a bit, and check out the infamous Backdrafters tent...