|Riders gather at the start|
|Mike Sturgill provides the rider brief|
|Paceline on the Beeline Highway|
It was time to exit the group a few miles from the Bush Highway turnoff and drop back at a slower pace. Reaching the Bush Highway turnoff, we were a group of three (other lost souls from the lead group) as we made our way to the first control at the top of Usury Pass.
Reaching the control, it was a quick stop to reload the water bottles, grab some pocket food, get the brevet card signed and head out and down toward McDowell road. Being a popular cycling area, plus recent improvements to the roads meant that there were plenty of other cyclists out enjoying a spectacular morning!
|Salt River just below Saguaro Lake|
Lake traffic was light, and with the sun coming up, temperatures warmed and made for some great photos around the lake.
Leaving Fountain Hills, the route takes the best possible path through urban Scottsdale, but with lots of turns and traffic lights, it was still a bit annoying after such a nice morning on the first half of the route in the Tonto National Forest.
|Carlton manned the Cashman Park Control|
|Brevet machines at rest|
The real payoff of this brevet is the 10 mile descent from the last control. From there the route turns south for the final 10 miles of rollers back to the finish. Last year, a favorable tail wind pushed the riders to the finish. Which of course meant that this year it was a headwind to the finish!
|Another one in the books, time to clean up the truck!|
Looking forward to the Vulture Mine 300 next month, and hoping for a better result that 2016!
Link to Saguaro 200 GPS Data