I decided that since I am warming up for the Pisgah MTB Stage Race, it would be a good idea
to try to hang with the A group and get some speed in my legs.
We set out at a steady pace and I found myself on the front already with Gen. We cruised down the parkway until the first climb. It seemed that it would be a mellow fast pace tonight. Not a lot of chatting, but no one pushing the pace. I thought I might be able to hang on.
Up and over the first climb, onto 191 left turn, left turn, right turn, then the pace picked up a little bit. Some guys punch the pace, I stay steady, counting how many guys pass me on the first kicker. I figure if I stay somewhere in the middle, I'll be able to have people to ride with when the pace heats up.
We stayed mostly together, and then a left on Pennsylvania and the pace gradually increased. Between the fields, up the incline that gets steeper and the suddenly kicks up. I found myself second in line behind Taylor. He always kicks it up several notches here and I can't hang. I flick my elbow and shake my head. A little gap forms and then its on, I hold steady up and over as several guys pass, the groups splinters and the rest of the road is a bunch of guys in little groups trying to catch the next little group. Fun times.
|some serious conversation about how cool this ride is.|
They kindly waited at the top before bombing down the other side. That is probably the fastest I have ridden that climb, ever. I'm thinking we should add that to the loop though, its a great workout!