Yay, I made it! Yesterday I completed the Breathless Agony century, 114 miles and 12,300' of climbing, including the final climb to the Onyx Pass above Big Bear, at 8,443' above sea level. It was really great, in fact, I have to say this was the best organized and supported cycle race in which I've ever participated, right down to the fantastic chili meal served at the finish. The weather cooperated nicely too, not too warm in the flats, and not too cold in the mountains. I did wear a light jacket for that 38 mile descent at the end. Yeah, that's right; after you reach the Onyx pass, you go downhill at speed for nearly two hours to the finish. It makes you appreciate all the climbing!
The Breathless Agony mascot is the grim reaper; he was at the summit to help me celebrate:
This race is timed to the summit; I made it in 6:15, and I'm pretty proud of it. Even more bragworthy, on the last two climbs I was not passed by anyone. (We won't mention the people who finish in five hours, who were already up the road; they're disgusting :) All in all a great ride, I can't wait to do this one again next year.
Next up is the Eastern Sierra Double, in the area around Mammoth Lakes. Stay tuned for more...