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Everest Challenge '07
6:50am morning start.
At the summit finish, ate some chicken soup, vegetable soup, and quesadillas while sitting in a chair with a blanket and a heater blowing. It was cold. Real cold. Bill and Bob rolled down while I had another hot chocolate to warm up. Snowflakes began to fall. At that point, I decided to get a ride back down to the start instead of descending through the snowflakes. Lots of others had similar ideas. I didn't get to enjoy the 5k descent back down to the car but at least I stayed warm and dry. It just poured for about 5 minutes on the drive down and those still riding in the rain at lower elevations could only be miserable.
It would be another cold day. It was 34 degrees at the start. It was 39 at the top of the first 7k summit before an amazing 45mph downhill with excellent views.
Rode with Bill and Bob for the first three climbs. The fourth and final climb of the day was the worst again. After being softened up with the riding the day before and an additional 8k of the day's climbing, the final climb of the day would be a 20-mile climb with 6k of elevation gain--starting at 4k and ending at the 10k Ancient Bristlecone Forest summit. After suffering immensely turning the gears over, I eventually reached the top. Enjoyed more chicken soup, vegetable soup, and quesadillas at the finish. The blankets and heater were a nice touch again. Plenty of people were getting rides back down to the start but I was determined to ride down this time since no rain was in sight. It was a little cloudy and cool at 10k, but I knew the descent would be fun. The last 10 miles have to rank as one of the 10 best descents in the U.S.: rolling smooth asphalt, banked turns, no cars, lots of visibility, and hitting 47mph without pedaling. It almost made the climb worth it.
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