Then we all left but I decided to be social and ride with the Rossi's and hung back with them while everyone took off. Frankly, I kind of thought that while we would drift back on the climbs, we would more than make up for it with that tandem smoking a downhill. Alas, Mark & Karen are not in good form yet so we never saw the group until the 81 mile cut-off. There, Tuna and Dennis were waiting and they seemed surprised I did not cut the route short but I was determined to ride the long route and bid them farewell. Please note that as soon as they left together, Tuna dropped the Rossi's (this after talking them into riding the longer short cut) and dragged Dennis with her. What's up with that?
We reached the bike path and for the first mile it was good to ride flat ground but then the monotony of the path set in and I wished we were on the open road. I fell back with a couple of mile to go and missed Steve taking the parking lot sprint win from Mark. Finished with 108 miles, 17.3 avg and 6010' of climbing. I must say, I'm glad I'm not riding in Mountains of Misery in 4 weeks. If I was, I'd be very concerned about riding a 100 mile, 10,000' climbing event after struggling on today's route. If I was riding MOM, I'd be looking to give my credentials away to someone.