|Could this be the bike.....|
So, this one happens in about 3 weeks, (July 25th), so I have to get going on preparations now. I had a week of relative recovery topped with a dollop of head cold, so I was run down most of last week. Now I am on the mend, so I am going to buckle down on some training, all the while being busier than all get out with the RAGBRAI coming up real soon.
I will be choosing between the Tamland and the Black Mountain Cycles "Orange Crush" for this ride. I'm leaning toward the Tamland with its slightly lower gearing. I figure I'll be needing all of that low end if the weather is typical of late July. Last year I used the Tamland but I only had a low gear of 32 teeth out back. Now I have a 36T on there. The BMC only goes to 34T. Both bikes are lower geared now than the Tamland was last year.
Looking beyond this I have the Geezer Ride coming up in August. That will be a piece of cake. 44 miles and I think I'll grab my single speed for this one. Then it will be Gravel Worlds on August 22nd, and for now, that will close out my 2015 campaign. Things will be coming up fast in the next month and a half and then I'll be done for the year with my big events. At least, that's how it looks now.
Stay tuned for more GTDRI updates soon.........