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Wow, that was fast! Easily under 15 hours. How can you do this so fast with so little training? Maybe because all your riding was climbing?
Nice! From what I can tell we rode similar times. 6 am start worked well for me, except pace was higher than my self-imposed power limit on Diablo, and I ended up riding most of the day solo as a result. But the power limit worked well for me, as I was strong on all the hills except San Antonio Valley Rd, where I saw 100.4F on my Garmin, and power was maybe 15% off there. But I was very pleased with how my ride went, so thanks for the encouragement!
Dan: We did ride similar times, but you were more efficient at rest stops. I brought my own food that lasted until lunch, and I was doing great ... I found out I cannot do Hammer so I got sick after Sierra and blew some time at that rest stop and Sunol trying to get some calories back in. Overall I cannot really believe the ride since my body was threatening to rebel due to low miles and this being two weeks after Lake Sonoma at several points. Great job again! I still think you can break 13
Wow, Jeff! Nice working through the problems! Alan Nevin also vomited, in his case @ the Pet the Goat stop, which is interesting. The Hammer stuff worked great for me, but I had to switch from Pepetuum/Sustained Energy to Heed/Hammer Gel half way for variety. Solid ride despite the difficulties! About whether I could have gone faster: of those posting on Strava, I was the fastest up Norris, so perhaps I could have done Diablo a bit faster. But I wanted to focus on finishing strongly, so am not disappointed with how I did. (Strava link).
Hot dogs all around!! Free replacements! It was great riding with you, especially chasing you up Sierra Rd! I can't believe how strong you were given you were so obviously suffering!