Our day started out with a drive through ALL the freeways in LA because Google Maps wanted to make the trip interesting. We arrived a bit early because Monday night Google told us it could take 2 hours OR 4 hours if we left at 6am... ah LA traffic!
The ride began with a nice 9 mile neutral roll out to the intersection where Mike was hit by a farm truck, and where we had a moment of silence. After that it was a no holds barred charge down HWY 1 towards Deer Creek rd. There were about 150 riders in the pack, including some big time pros so the pace was a little crazy and scary! Somehow I managed to not take anyone out on hwy 1, and attacked the climb up Deer Creek at full speed. I'd never ridden in the area before, so I may have underestimated this climb, and boy did it hurt near the top!
A lot of the reason why I have been doing more roadie group rides lately, besides the cool people on them!, is so I can remember how to ride in a pack, descend fast... all the roadie tricks in preparation of racing a little road next year. I discovered that descending is one of the areas I need to work on when I ran off the road and almost ended up in a fence on a tight left hand turn on the descent after Deer Creek. Leave it to the mtb chick to not know how to ride a bike down hill fast!
Next was the climb up Mulholland. By now I was in the second-ish main group of dudes, and of course I let my ego get the better of me again, pulling for the first half the climb, and then attacking them. I realize this was just a charity ride, but when the road starts to go up hill somehow the suffering feels so good. Anyway, that one was longer, but more shallow and there was a rad aid station at the top where I had some snacks and waited for the group I had planned to ride with.
The rest of the ride I was a lot less agro and enjoyed the scenery, met new people and had an excellent time. I especially enjoyed riding with CTS coach and athlete Julia. She is pretty hilarious, super strong and I'm stoked I got to meet her on the road!
|Julie and I with an ocean view!|
|Our route, which we rode counter clockwise, North is the right hand side of this sideways map.|