Sunday, August 23, 2009

GPBC Heatstroke 100 ride 2009

Today was the Great Plains Bike Club's annual Heatstroke 100 ride. It began at the SAC Museum near Ashland and had distances from 24 - 105 miles. There were reported to be around 400 riders.

I met up with some friends from TDN and we did loop 1 and 2 and a couple of them continued on to also ride loop 3 for a total of 105 miles.

The first SAG stop was on the North end of the Lied Bridge.

Very scenic!

Tough hills, but so much fun to go down!

An Airboat on the Platte.

All smiles while crossing the Platte in Louisville. (that's before we knew about the big hills we had to climb going into the wind on the South side of Louisville!)

SAG food included Hot Tamales incase you weren't warm enough! Ha!

A cemetery SAG stop. (is this a mean joke?)

A country church is a focal point in the rolling farmland.

Yes, that's a skirt the lady on the left is riding in.

The wind was strong and the hills were memorable, but the route was scenic and the crowd was fun. I started at 7:40 and finished the 59 mile route at 12:20. With some extra riding around I got in 60.09 miles today. And a total of 222.09 for the week making this my strongest week since the TDN in June.

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