Planning and Execution – A Sierra Nevada Hill Climb Series Complete
There’s something inherently masochistic about waking up before 5am on a Sunday morning for the sole purpose of riding a bike uphill as fast as you can for over an hour. But, that love for working hard is what keeps a cyclist coming back for more. No matter how many times I think that I don’t have anything left and I promises my legs that I won’t ever make them work this hard again, I keep racing.
Before the hill climb, there was a scent of “let’s get this suffer-fest over with” in the air. While not as steep as the previous climbs, this one was by far the longest – 3715 feet gained over 13.7 miles to be exact. The race directors brilliantly planned the series so that competitors had to race in 3 out of the 4 events, including the last one: Mt. Rose from Reno.
A little head wind in the last 2 kilometers inspired this face:
I decided to compete in each of the 4 races in the series back when there was still snow on the ground. Now, even at the summit elevation of 8900 feet, I’m sweating. Having finished each of the 4 hill climbs, I feel like I have successfully executed the plan. It’s been fun racing with the same group of Reno/Tahoe/Truckee locals since May and watching a few pros swoop in and set new course records.
Thanks Reno Wheelmen for a great Hill Climb Series!