The skies grew lighter as the riders assembled in front of JJ Tailgator’s in Elgin.
The race was billed as ~76 miles, the first cue sheets said 80.3… mostly gravel, mostly upwind and all uphill. Okay maybe not all of it.
The check-in point at 48 miles was a chance to refresh, sample the strange assortment of food gravel riders think is a staple and pet Dickie, the namesake of the ride.
Adding insult to my cramping legs, one of the hosts told us the leaders had been through an hour and a half ago…ouch.
I logged 5700 feet of climbing, 7 hours of riding. My choice of a full suspension mountain bike only felt right on about 1 1/2 miles of ATV trail. I’ll be re-thinking my options before The 100 mile Almanzo ride in May