Well I can mark another one off of my list, a nice and scenic ride up to Whistler with close to 8,000 other riders! The RBC Whistler Gran Fondo…
Riding downtown at 6:30 in the morning I realized that it was going to be a great day. Going over the Lion’s Gate Bridge warming up before the race you could see the island and not a single cloud in the sky. I arrived on Burrard and Georgia 20mins before the start and I could see the sea of rider up and down West Georgia! As with most of my races, I try to keep to my own and not chat with too many people. It was nice to see some familiar faces in the front.
We started just after 7 at a pretty slow paces over the Bridge. It was amazing to see all those riders on the Lions Gate Bridge right in the middle of the road. It was surprising pretty straight forward with no major crashes that I saw. It seems like this year people started where they were supposed to.
The ride up for the Alice Lake Aid station (74km) was great and super fast. Some of the downhills could get sketchy due to a few cautious riders; but as long as the uphills were hammered hard, typically there was no one to avoid on the downhills. Looking at the log from the ride, I hit 80+km/hr at a few hills with a maximum of 84.7!!!
The last 48km of the ride were a different story… Heavy head-on wind and lack of the people willing to rotate in a proper manner in the drafts made this portion of the ride even more difficult. If I had Tom, Larry, and Krista with me it would’ve been a pretty fast paced second section as well. But hey I can’t have EVERYTHING!
The good old Wilier performed flawlessly that day, however the long uphills did effect the bike as I will mention in a future post!
In the end it was and amazing ride that was easier than I thought it would be. I guess training help!!!