Today was the Pony Express Days Century Ride in Eagle Mountain. I rode with Paul Jerome, Jeremy and Ben Byerly. We started at the elementary school in city center, headed over Unity Pass and connected to Redwood Road. From there is was a 33 mile shot to Elberta. We worked well as a group and maintained about 25 MPH for most of that section. After a pit stop in Elberta we began the climb to Eureka. I was able to maintain a steady pace and felt great when I got to the top. That was about 50 miles.
This is a picture of us leaving Eureka after the lunch break.The next 60+ miles were tough as we had a headwind the whole way. That really took it’s toll on me. The good news is my lower back never bugged me. Let’s hear it for the Specialized Roubaix. I was hoping we would finish around five hours, but the wind made it just over seven hours. We have five pit stops along the way with food and water, but DeLana and Susan running support vehicles was a life saver.
This is a picture of me at the finish line, 112 miles later.
This is a picture of my odometer. I wanted to do the ride because it was the first Century Ride that Pony Express Days has sponsored, and it is the 150th anniversary of the Pony Express.
Here is a link to the map and details of the ride:
You can scroll over the chart to see the different elevations.
Here is a link to Wikipedia giving the history of the Pony Express:
I am beat, but I’m glad I did it.