This past weekend marked the most beautiful ride and race I have ever embarked upon...now, that says a ton! It was a relatively last minute decision to head over to Moab to race the Grande Fondo Moab, but with the excellent reviews I had received it seemed like a great way to get some extra fitness in. Sixty two miles and 5,500 feet of climbing-PERFECT!
It did prove to be a perfect day.
The mass start of 500+ riders including some excellent Pro-men, meant that the pace would be fast as we cruised out the Colorado River Road, heading for the ominous climbs in the La Sal's. How fun was it to be rotating at the front of this massive group with the likes of some these haunches. I think they were a bit surprised to see a woman edging her way in, but what the heck. Once we turned right towards the mountains it was, game on! The climbing started and didn't stop for another 30 miles.
I took the Queen of the Mountain points, and the played the conservative card on the steep decent-getting dropped by some of the men, but not too worried.
It was an excellent hard effort, and was topped off by a super fun post event party.
On the way home to Durango, we couldn't help but swing into Canyon Lands for a quick hike.