Friday, April 19, 2013

Michelle on the Drake Doubleback 200k!

Steve and I had the pleasure of joining the RMCC riders for the Drake Doubleback 200KM Brevet. This event is the start of the Brevet season and it was awesome to see so many riders come, even with the chilly 34 degree temperature. Good thing it was an 8 AM start and not earlier.

Of course, Tammie Nakamura did an excellent job of hosting and signing everyone in. Thanks Tammie.

From Louisville we headed north towards Hwy 34 and Big Thompson Canyon. This is my favorite canyon ride because it's never steep and it has the most incredible views of the river and steep cliff walls. The ride to Drake is about 9 miles and then we turn around and head back down onto the plains out east to Platteville.

There seemed to be several groups of about 4-5 riders nicely spaced apart. I had the great pleasure of riding the majority of the Brevet with Steve Le Goff, Pat Nourse. John Lien (his first Brevet), Kendrew Peacey (his first Brevet) and (PBP veteran) Reynald Bodeux.

The ride to Plateville was wonderful and mixed with tailwinds and slight sidewinds. It never seemed like we had headwinds but, of course, we rode in a pace-line so this always makes the riding seem easier.
Once out of Platteville we again had easy winds and the pace-line moved along smoothly and efficiently heading back to Louisville.

It was a wonderful ride and a wonderful day of meeting new people and seeing places I'd not seen in quite a while-just as a early Spring Brevet should be.

Thanks to everyone who participated!
- Michelle Grainger

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