First, a big congratulations to everyone that braved the heat to ride on Saturday. Despite the heat, 17 brave souls showed up and enjoyed
what turned out to be hot, but still a fine day for a ride.
While not everyone finished, on a day like that, just showing up is worth some major kudos. Jim and I enjoyed seeing all of you and hope you will be back for our last 2 riding days this year.
Due to the extreme heat, we had 2 additional water stops during the 300/400/600k routes and provided ice socks to those fighting the heat. The slight headwind was reportedly a blessing in disguise since it did provide some cooling but the trip up the Baraboo Bluff on Freedom Road was especially "fun" this year. Fortunately, we had someone sitting right on top waiting for everyone that made it up.
And now on to the next rides, July 9!
Thank you Rob Mohler!
Rob Mohler is our former treasurer. Back in 2009, he came to Jim with a plan to create a new 400/600k route that went due west. After quite a long time, this ride was born. The first running was in June of 2010 and was Michele's first GLR ride. The first running was somewhat marred by hours of thunderstorms, and the ride has not been run since. Back by popular demand with a new name, t
his route is very hilly, much hillier than our route through Baraboo and similar in terrain to our Barneveld Classic 300k.
Riders should be prepared for some epic views and some of the most relentless rollers in the Midwest. The current RBA has made some additonal changes that add yet more scenery to an already beautiful route that emphasizes quiet roads where ever possible.
The 400k loop to Mineral Point starts out with our traditional route to Brodhead. From here, the hills start gradually with rollers that get steeper as the miles pass. The 50 mile stretch to Darlington is both scenic and long and riders will be thankful to return to civilization for a meal before heading on a loop to Yellowstone Lake State Park and Mineral Point. Here the rollers are relentless as riders pass through Dodgeville and a beautiful,rolling route to Mt Horeb. At about 170 miles, Mt Horeb is a good place to tank up before heading to Oregon, Fort Atkinson and finally Delavan for the finish.
600k riders will do an additional out and back to Jefferson through scenic Kettle Moraine State Forest and an improved route on backroads to Jefferson. This same route will be done by the 200k riders the day before.
Riders should be prepared for night riding and some considerable climbing. While RideWithGPS logs about 11,800 ft of climbing, route scouting is showing this may be an understatement! Bring a big rear cassette, lights and your best climbing legs.