Distance: 79 miles
Weather: Sunny and mild, in the low 80s, with a breeze, most of the time at our backs!
The word for the day was “climb”. And the riders did this straight out of the hotel. Just about 4.5 miles from the hotel riders tackled a bridge across the Hudson River, a tunnel and a climb that must’ve been a 15% grade (well, maybe not 15% but it was STEEP!).
After that they climbed some more on (mostly) quiet roads up to the sag stop, I noticed how quickly they got there and how much stronger they have become since that first climb out of the hotel in San Francisco! After the sag we got to ride through the picturesque town of Old Bennington and then the real climbing began! Eight miles of 7% to 10% grades, and the riders tackled it like pros!
They came into the sag in Wilmington, VT talking about the sweet downhill that was the payoff for all that climbing. Some were said to reach speeds in excess of 50mph! Careful guys, that was a 45 mph speed zone.
Only one more climb for the day after that, a 3 mile climb up Hogback Mountain to an overlook filled with tourist who had just driven to see the view. Some were amazed that these people had ridden bicycles to get up there. Yes, our riders seem to amaze wherever they go! And tomorrow they will go to yet another state, New Hampshire. Almost there guys, almost there!