Quote of the day: "Probably the windiest day I've ever ridden - John Williams"
Wow, that ended up being epic. The wind was absolutely brutal with gusts over 30mph and sustained that had to be over 25mph. A total of 6 of us braved the wind. The first 16.4 miles were almost all into the wind, before we turned South and East for a good tailwind. The rest stop at 27 miles was a welcomed relief. Just about everyone grabbed a donut and cup of coffee to refuel. After about a 1/2 hour we went back out into the wind to do the last half of the route. More tailwind to about mile 33 before we turned North again into the wind. Of the last 16 miles 8 of them were against the wind. Our average was 12.9 mph for the ride. Just about everyone commented that this ride was windiest they had ever done. I agree, I ride out at Gardner just about every day and that is the worst I have seen it. We also did 2427 feet of climbing for this route. My initial GPS of the route was way off in that it told me we would do around 683 to 700 feet of climbing. So my legs are toast now - Tim
Here are some pics of what looks like very cold riders...
|Gardner Gravel Grinder
It is winter and Gravel Grinder time. Tim Greene is kicking things off in style with a nice route out of Garnder, KS. Distance is 49 miles. There is a refueling stop 27 miles in. Pace will be easy to moderate so all ability levels are welcomed.
What: Gardner Gravel Grinder
When: Satday , 12/11/10 - 9:00 am
Where: CenturyLink Office building in Gardner (Queen Mary on the Pairie)
Who: Any and all are welcomeWhy: It Gravel Grinder Season