About 80 mountain bikers showed up for this organized ride. We were able to choose which group we wanted to ride with. There was a fast, medium and slow group, each lead by a race organizer. We decided to ride in the medium group, because it was so windy. Although it was a sunny day, the wind was gusting over 60 mph, which made for a very difficult 26 miles. At times, I was riding against the wind and barely moving, or the just trying to stay upright from cross winds. I was hoping to get a feel of how difficult 52 miles will be, but the wind made that impossible.
The course is mostly fire road and double track. You don’t need any real technical skills to do well on this course. You could call it a “roadie” course. My downhill and technical skills will not give me an advantage on this course, unlike The Whiskey Off-Road. There are 2 climbs out on the course. The first climb at 12 miles is a gradual 1.7 miles with an elevation gain of about 500 feet. The second climb is steeper and longer. It is about 3.5 miles with an elevation gain of 800 feet.