I've learned, when you do a big ride like this, it really is an eye opener of what you are capable of and what you need to work on to make such a trek. Also, it makes you re-evaluate your equipment. When you're pedalling for 5 hours, you need to make sure your bike and gear is fit for such a task. I was well prepared for this ride, and my bike was awesome.
I have to say that a year of consistent riding has changed the playing field for me, but especially the rewards of mountain biking, which made road climbing a piece of cake. When you're not dealing with traction and obstacles on a climb, things are a lot easier.
Anyhow, a have about 3 more of these big rides for the year, but I'll be hitting it everyday between that. :)
Location: Pajaro Valley, Ca.
The Team - Jen (sis-in-law), Grampa Rich, Deric (my bro) and me (behind the camera)Grampa Rich climbing... Deric and Jen at the top....