Last Saturday I went up to Gold Mine Rd. with Jim. It was a great day for a ride, low wind and slightly overcast to keep the heat down. For those of you that don't know what Gold Mine is, it is probably the closest thing we have in the Lancaster, Harrisburg area to a real mountain climb. It has multiple switchbacks and is not for those who don't like trying to defy gravity. On the plus side the downhill run to Tower City is scary fast at around 55-60 mph. Click the embedded link to see where it is. The total trip was 83 miles and just a hair over 5 hours long.
If you would have asked me to make this ride this time last year I would have laughed at you. But this year is different, I feel much stronger and I'm climbing better. I'm still about 200 miles behind last year, but I feel I'm on better form (aka: level of fitness) than this time last year and ready to tackle the PCP ride down on the BRP.
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P.S. Check back the week of June 9 for special update. I'm hoping to see the U.S. Pro Championship in Philly. The worlds best riders take on the Manayunk Wall and other famous Philly hills.