Distance: 50 miles
Weather: Sunny and warm
Another spectacular day in the saddle today started with breakfast. It is so important to eat properly when attempting a ride of this magnitude. Proper balance of protein and carbs is something that each rider needs to determine for their own metabolism.
Riders set out on a 30 mile paved bicycle path during a beautiful sunny morning with temps in the low 60s. Riders followed the trail to the SAG stop on Folsom Lake at Beal's Point. The lake was fuller than it has been in June in years and sounds of the lapping of the water against the shore provided a calming background as riders refueled.
While at the rest stop, there are certain procedures that must be followed to insure that all riders remain healthy. Along with those responsibilities, it is also important that each rider sign in so staff can keep track of their progress.
Legs were put to the test of a long climb on Auburn-Folsom Road and the temps continued to warm up to a very warm low 90s). Riding into Auburn, the cyclists entered a quaint busy downtown street with a few bicycle shops and many places to have a delicious lunch before heading to the hotel. The last climb of the day was up to the hotel sitting on top of the town. Many riders enjoyed the hotel pool to work the lactic acid out of the legs and allow them time to get rejuvenated for tomorrow's ride which is the most intense climbing day of the ride. From what we have seen, they are up to the challenge!