diva spent the summer in Whistler, and was looking for ride partners. Sharon was kind enough to describe some routes in the area and I (like a dumb fish) took the bait. A bunch of womens expressed interest in doing the ride and we were set.
The short version: Alexia climbs like stink, and utterly destroyed us all on the climbs. Even Phil. I'm going to have to ask her for urine and blood samples... :p
The long version: That was definitely the hardest 135km I've ever ridden, and is up there among the hardest rides I've done, period.
Mt Currie is one nasty sonofabitch, and the road out past Duffy Lake is indeed pretty bad. The chipseal doesn't bother me so much as the huge cracks and potholes that could pretty easily take you out, and then there's the fun road to gravel transition with a 8" dropoff coming down into Lilloet that Phil and Diva hit at speed - luckily everyone stayed upright and intact.
Absolutely stunning scenery, and definitely lots of climbing even well past Mt Currie. That last 20km into Lillooet was killer. I'm SO glad that we had sag support, and also that we didn't start in Squamish. I probably went through 6 bottles of water and there's nowhere to stop once you get out of Pemberton - so lacking either of those would have made for absolute misery...
Total elapsed time was ~8hrs, but actual ride time was closer to 5:45. We lost ~1hr to mechanical, and easily an hour and a half to rest/refuel stops and just stopping by the side of the road to catch breath and psych up for the next pitch.
This is the elevation profile:
Big smiles pre-ride...
The view from where we stopped for Alexia's 1st Flat (on the road - 2nd of the day)
Alexia's 2nd Flat
The last time we'd see Alexia for a LONG time...
(Official) Rest Stop #1
Close to the Summit
We made it!
The climb into Lilloet
The hole that almost ate Phil & diva...
Rollin' out (you can't see it, but we're still smiling at this point)
For cuds - proof that I wasn't completely shattered at the rest stop... :p
Climbin' - we seemed to do a lot of this...
Brother Leo, one of our two heroic sag drivers, making sure that Andy is still alive :)
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