|Storm blows in the night before|
We rolled out of Furnace Creek at 6:20 am on a beautiful morning. The winds had calmed some from the night before. It was so windy in the camp ground trying to sleep peoples tents were blowing away!
|Getting ready to start in Furnace Creek|
|Our group with a strong tandem at the front.|
My friends Chris and Saralie were manning the rest stop. It was great to see them.
|These guys were real strong, both Furnace Creek 508 veterans, but would have to bow out of the ride before me.|
|Heading up Jubilee Pass|
|Toping Jubilee Pass|
|Looking west toward Death Valley|
We kept a steady pace for about 2/3 of the climb then they took a rest and I continued on over the summit.
|Heading westbound into the park. Climbing on the back side.|
|Salsberry Pass looms way ahead. It doesn't look steep but is 4-5% grade where I am and kicked up to 8-9% ahead.|
When I reached Ashford Mills after the grueling 16 mile, or so, descent I was feeling real good and really hadn't seen that many double riders returning as I made my way to Shoshone. Awesome! I knew I must be in the top 3rd at least and I was feeling real strong. (actually, so many riders had turned around an went back that there were not that many left) Despite the wind in the morning, I might have a pretty good showing.
|Storm front moves in from northwest.|
As I write this, the preliminary results are it: Out of over 300 entrants, some doing the century, some the 150 miler and some the 200 mile event.
Only about 60 finished the 100
Only 20 completed the 150
And only 8, that's 8, completed the double.
I was feeling so good and about 40 minutes ahead of some of the people who ended up finishing . I timed the guys who passed me while I was waiting for a ride.
Maybe my next event will offer better conditions but who knows with the way the weather has been going this year.