I talked to a guy named Greg at the Harmony Hundred ride back in May about getting a ride together in the hills of the Shawnee Forest sometime this summer. It too me awhile to remember this, but I eventually got a ride together. Because I can never do anything simply I made an event out of it, or at least kind of joked I would, with a trophy for the hill climb winner. For about 2 weeks I did nothing, not sure if I wanted to make a trophy and encourage people to race themselves into a coma for it. A few days before the ride, after going back and forth between a ride, or an “event” I decided to make it an event with a ride flyer and facebook and stuff.
We had 6 riders for today’s Assault on Williams Hill. Not the turnout I wanted, but in retrospect, it was the perfect turnout. Every rider was in shape and prepared to ride the tough 50 miles at speed. There were very few stops, no regroup, no waiting, just awesome riding with awesome riders. If we’d had 20 riders of various abilities it would have been a great turnout, but problematic when the mechanicals, unnecessary breaks, lost riders and constant regroups started.
So the 54 mile ride left Harrisburg, did a loop around Glen O Jones, up to Garden of the Gods and then over Williams Hill. Lots of flat and then lots of climbing, not a single rider finished the ride feeling like then wanted more. I was dealing with cramping legs myself.
Barry took the trophy by climbing Williams Hill the fastest by about 20 yards. I was well back and fully in survival mode. We had a awards ceremony after the ride, Barry liked the trophy but not the podium guy.
Lee and his minions in Benton are making plans for the Dirty Benton, a new ride this year in the Dirty South series of gravel rides. It’s looking like it’s going to be awesome.