Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Wildflower Century 2008

The Wildflower Century is a double loop around the foothills of San Luis Obispo County. It begins in the town of Creston, travels south to Santa Margarita and Pozo, then north to Shandon and back around to Creston. Start of the ride 6:55 AM. Temperature 46 degrees. It would climb to 108 during the course of the ride. Creston, CA 93432 The Longbranch Saloon-wonder what the food's like? The first hill climb of the day. Many more to come. Mile 27-the Pozo Rest Stop. I guess the morning cup of coffee is kicking in. The world famous Pozo Saloon established in 1858.
The Wildflower is one of the most scenic rides I have done:

The Shell Creek water stop-56 miles down.
This could have been painted by Claude Monet. Downwind, downhill, no cars (just cows) and miles and miles of road-nice! Maybe I took a wrong turn-no one in sight.

Found a paceline to the lunch line.Lunch stop at Clark Memorial Park, Shandon 93461. Population 986 plus over a thousand cyclists. Shoes off, find shade, drink and eat. 35 miles to go!
Final hill climb. The pain sets in, temp in the 100's, I am almost out of gas.

Total Distance: 107.7 miles
Total Ascent: 6,060 feet
Total Calories: 5,653 Cal
Average Heart Rate: 139 BPM
Average Power: 143 Watts
Ride Time: 7 hours 51 minutes
Start Temp: 46F - Peak Temp: 108F

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