Sky Mass Century

It’s been awhile since I last posted. Work has been intense these last few weeks, and with the riding we’ve done, my goal has been to get sleep. Things are looking a little better for blogging now. Hopefully it will stay that way.

Today we took advantage of the Memorial Day holiday to get out for the first of some tune-up rides before we tour Colorado for a week in July.

The route was the well-known Sky Mass Century from Front Royal, Va. We’re taken up scenic (hilly!) Skyline Drive for about 32 miles, then after a descent of six miles, to an early lunch at Luray at mile 42.

Our route

Our route

Me on Skyline Drive (c. MG)

Me on Skyline Drive (c. MG)

MG on Skyline

MG on Skyline

The next destination is the steep 2.8 mile granny ring climb up Masanutten Mountain at mile 65, then we had it relatively easy back to the start along the sublime Fort Valley Road.

Top of Massanutten Mountain (c. MG)

Top of Massanutten Mountain (c. MG)

See MG’s photos here and my photos here.

I uploaded our GPS track too. It’s here, but ignore the maximum speed data. We hit about 45 m.p.h. at our fastest.

The forecast was for sun and light winds. We got the latter but had a low cloud deck over us all day and some occasional sprinkles, but no rain to speak of. The temperatures stayed in the low 70s and traffic was very light, so we had nothing to complain about.

Our GPS estimated about 9,800 feet of climbing, which is what we need to get in shape for the long, shallow uphills in Colorado. More to come on that tour.

Us and the motorbikes up on Skyline

Us and the motorbikes up on Skyline

Sky Mass Elevation

Sky Mass Elevation

We’re already looking forward to next weekend for more hills. Unfortunately our tour preparation has prompted us to forego the D.C. Randonneurs 600K brevet this coming weekend. We’re intent on getting in a series of century and 200K rides that don’t take so much recovery time. We’ll be thinking of the randonneurs as they put in the big miles!

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  1. Pingback: A Taste of Skyline Drive on the Co-Motion Java Tandem | chasing mailboxes d.c.

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