Today was supposed to be an "endurance" ride. It seems like every time we say endurance ride it turns into a race between me and Clay. While there was a healthy dose of surging up hills and in the flats, overall, most of the day was kept at endurance pace. Group for today were Clay, Zach, Jeremy, Nick M., Tina, Jeff, and Chris.
The group started at the Wilco in Kelso and made we our way north towards Toledo. We decided to add some elevation by heading up the first third of Headquarters, took a detour on Starflower dr., and finally ended up at the top of headquarters. From there we descended back into Castle Rock and kept the pace nice and easy into Toledo. Clay had some bad luck today and ended up getting a flat when we turned onto Military Rd. Due to a bent stem it took us about 45 minutes and help from some of the locals to get him back on the road. From Vader to Castle Rock the group practiced single and double pacelines. The drills started out a little rough but the group was eventually rotating like a well-oiled machine, and we made it back to Castle Rock in record time!
Once in Castle Rock we stopped at our favorite drive through coffee shop and refueled. Without the coffee and pastries, I don't think I would have made it through the rest of the ride. After refueling we rolled back into Longview and most of the group split off to head home. A few of us decided we wanted to hit the first century of the year, so we kept the party going back to Kalama. This was my first century ever and I was very happy with how I felt at the end (although I did end up bonking hard in the last four miles). Jeremy, Zach, and Clay ended with over 100 miles, while Tina was an honorable mention at 91.6!
Mileage Winner: Jeremy (105.05 miles)