Co Rd 98 (the "b" road) east of Co Rd 77 was tough. Cement like mud clogged up our drivetrains and wouldn't let go. It was a slick sandy clay that mixed with small chunks of grass to form a hard mass in any moving parts. Here are a couple pictures of what that section was like:
I am getting questions about what bike to ride. I do not recommend a cyclocross bike. The amount of washboard area, fast loose downhill corners, and 150miles will leave you rattled, scraped up, and curled in a ball while crying. Plus, if it is remotely wet, you'll be walking the entire road with a cyclocross bike.
A monstercross type setup may be a good option. Most of what we rode today was hardpacked with some softer sandy type dirt. I am riding my hardtail 29er with something like the Bontrager XR1s .
The control, comfort, and durability will be necessary over the 12 hours.
Here are a few more pictures from the day:
|Morning views of Pikes Peak from the start|
|Packer fans along the course. I wonder if they took this flag down after yesterday...|
|Start of the "B" road (Co Rd 98)|
|Your cheering section|
|Ken trying to make friends with spectators|
|A lot of rolling climbs|