February 14, 2015
25 or so riders lined up for the second "minimal support" brevet on the 2015 Arizona calendar. Perhaps there should have been a warning label : This ride occurs on Valentines Day, prepare accordingly!
It was great to see some of the usual suspects (Gerry Goode, Roger Peskett, David Brake), an assortment of Bullshifters, a few newbies, and a good number of out of town riders!
|Carlton van Leuven checking in riders with Mike Sturgill and Chris Popovic|
We rolled out as a large group and made our way west to Sun City and the first checkpoint on Grand Avenue.
|Quiet Streets in Sun City|
|Large pace line on US 60|
|Heading down Vulture Mine Road|
|TA Truckstop at I-10, Chris repairing his 4th flat of the day!|
|Michael Mooney, Roger Peskett, and Chris Popovick on Sun Valley Parkway|
Reaching the next checkpoint Canyon Springs, we had 145 miles behind us and 45 to go. Our group had dwindled on the long slog up Sun Valley Parkway, but soon the checkpoint was filling with riders. I decided to make a quick reload and rolled out. Bob Larsen was ready to go and we headed out together.
Soon after leaving the checkpoint we started the gentle descent back into town, and the wind actually shifted to a light tailwind as the sun made its way to the horizon. Bob was fired up and taking long pulls toward the barn. We rolled through Sun City together, but hitting the flats, near the last checkpoint, I couldn't hold his wheel.
I dropped off and hit the checkpoint at 67 avenue just as Bob was rolling out. I reloaded quickly and was out a few minutes later. The last 20 miles was urban riding and I figured if I could hold 18-20 mph between traffic lights, I had a shot at finishing under 11 hours for a PR.
|The Finish at 10 hours 56 minutes|
Luckily for me, Debby's sister is in town, so I was off the hook for Valentine's Day!
Next up is the Around the Bend 400!
GPS data: http://ridewithgps.com/trips/4102503