Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Biking - Uphill and down - Second in a series

Another hot day, so I got an early start from the Exit 26 park and ride. Today's climb would be Washout Road, 3 miles, 752 feet, and averaging only 4.7%. But there's a nasty 11% pitch right at the start, and a couple of 8-9% "oh sh*ts" very close to the top when they're least welcome. From there it's a 0.4 mile downhill coast to the junction with Ridge Road. I added on Closson Road because it has some nice rollers to test what legs I had left, and then a cautious brake-squealing descent down yesterday's steep climb of Rector Road.

Washout is in some ways easier than Rector, since it provides a few breaks along the way. But they lull you to sleep, and then you come around a bend and there's yet another in the series of unending uphills. I made it to the top in just under 25 minutes, and again without ever hitting my lowest gear, and then enjoyed a more relaxing ride back to the car before the heat of the day really hit. 12 miles and 1,000 feet of climbing is a pretty good morning, followed by live coverage of the Giro d'Italia!

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