We were making good time and even caught up with a couple of groups that had even left earlier. Two of the racing teams caught up with us on Jefferson Hill 15 miles into the course.
The sun started coming out about 2 hours into the ride but the roads not directly exposed to daylight were still a bit greasy. The Ass Saver came in handy!
The descent down to 295 was wild and fast and when everyone was down we headed west to pick up the main course and next big climb, Schilling's Crossing.
Tunnel Hill was equally massive, however, shorter but I think much steeper than what my Garmin recorded
Mike was not having fun. He started getting cramps on Tunnel Hill and fared no better on Dean Hill
The last part of my modified route included Maple Hill. Margaret and Mike opted for the regular route
Will and I caught up Margaret and Mike at the last fuel stop. They were about to leave when we pulled up. After fueling up we headed out for the last bit of singletrack, Beebe Hill.
As far as singletrack goes, it's not that bad but the 27% trail climb always turns into Napoleon's Death March.