144.1 km +1,604 m 05:21:00 http://ridewithgps.com/trips/556604
A big day out, followed a route I did in winter but turned left at Azkarate this time. Started well, light TW giving me a 32kmh avg for the first flattish 40km. The biiig climb out of Zestoa was hard (around 15km, with two 4km ramps of avg 10-12%, max 22%), it's not often I'm forced to use the 50*25 and get out of the saddle, front wheel hopping all over. Climbed it a bit faster than last time, but then it was snowing pretty hard. I was blowing at the top this time, and had troughed all my food in panic! The next climb was a horrible false flat drag up to Urretxu, 16km into a HW, couldn't get over 28kmh. My arse was hurting too, the pad in my bibs has fallen apart. From Zumarraga it's all gently downhill for the last 60km, following a river. This road is packed with pelotons from wobbly groups of old timers to the Caja Rural neopros, so I was guaranteed a wheel to suck most of the way home. Didn't happen of course, I could see a big bunch of AMPO riders on the horizon, rode my tits off to catch on, and they promptly turned off
I *did* get a nice surprise when I fed the track into Strava... a PB on Alto de Orio (without pushing for one, this is right at the beginning of the ride), but look closely... who's that in 4th?!
Garmin/Slipstream pro, from the Tour of the Basque Country 2 years ago! I don't care what kind of extenuating circumstances led to him going slower than me, my fingers are firmly in my ears
"No se deja de pedalear cuando se envejece.
Se envejece cuando se deja de pedalear"