America's Most Beautiful Bike Ride - 100 miles around Lake Tahoe. Although the name of the race is self-proclaimed (by BiketheWest.com), it's actually pretty true. The views on this ride were spectacular!! Unfortunately, the competitive side of me came out a little and even though it was a ride and not a race, I wanted to see how fast I could do it. Alas, I did not stop that often to take pictures, but luckily, some of the ones I snapped while riding came out well. Here's an idea of how freaking beautiful this place is:
|Def a top 5 favorite pic|
|Kelsey and I only got to ride the first 33 miles together, but here's one of her .|
|Mile 25 rest stop - not so pretty|
|I wish I had a boat|
|Another top 5 pic - it's crazy how blue-green the water is!|
|Actually, maybe this is my favorite?!|
All-in-all, it was the perfect day! High of 72 with clear skies and only about 20 miles where I had to deal with the wind slowing me down. It took me 6 hours and 41 minutes to ride 100 miles.... and that is the longest ride I've ever done! Kelsey and I trained perfectly for this ride because we both finished saying "meh, it wasn't that hard".
And to top it all off, we had great supporters! Greg and Rex didn't get to sign up for the race before it sold out, but that didn't stop them from coming to Tahoe to be there at the finish and celebrate with us afterwards!
|Lunch outside after the race.|
(Picture stolen from Kelsey. Thanks Kels!)
The post-race refreshments looked very similar, but I was too busy celebrating to get pictures :)
8 weeks til Vineman..... Bring it on!!