The route was delightful, with between 5500-6000 ft of climbing (depending on whose computer you want to use) and none of the official gaps. What’s not to like about that? My concern about traffic while riding up there on a weekend, starting at 10am no less, was unfounded, as the roads were much less traveled than expected. The route provided some really fun rollers at the beginning, tiny little out of the way roads throughout, black swan sightings, and gorgeous views of the mountains. We had a really strong bunch, including Melanie King, Jennifer Klein, and Jean D’ Alessandro. Averaging 15.9 mph for 59.66 miles, at those temps, with substantial climbing, requires strength, but this group really impressed me with monitoring their nutrition, and knowing when to “sit in” and when to take the lead. Sometimes it means persevering, but sometimes it is restraining oneself, especially important in a long ride. Everyone present did just that, which made for a most delightful ride.