Drove to LA with my friend from the UK for this double century. It was my first time in Southern California and I came away with an impression of great roads but very aggressive drivers.
It was pretty cool when we set off at 6:15 and it remained cool and overcast for most of the day. The pace wasn’t as crazy as some other doubles I have ridden but things hotted up once we got to the first climb from the coast. The usual suspects were at the front pushing the pace. I got gapped a couple of times on the climb but managed to get back on again. My pulse was way too high for so early on in a double so I backed off a bit after the first water stop (for us) especially when the road got really rough. Once we turned back onto the coast it was just me and my mate and we rode the next flat windy miles at a good pace.
The climbs in the second half were very much more challenging with some pretty nasty grades. My legs definitely felt the climbing. The last climb of the day was a nasty sting in the tail but fortunately it wasn’t too steep. I was very cold over the last 15 miles but very glad to finish.
Nicely organized Double but very patchy route marking.
Time : 13H26m
Distance : 209 miles
Climb : 17,667ft
Position : 10th
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