Yesterday I rode the 2010 edition of the famous Breathless Agony, "the hardest century in Southern California", and man is it a killer. Seems harder every year. You have 112 miles, 12,000' of climbing, and the summit is the 8,400' Onyx Pass above Big Bear Lake. Not to mention heat in the lowlands and freezing breeze near the top, where the mountains are covered with snow. My favorite part is the climb from checkpoint 2 to checkpoint 3, where you go from 3,000' to 6,000' in 11 miles in one long unremitting ascent, two hours at 7%. Yikes!
Anyway it was great fun - now that it's over - and the scenery was *amazing* as always. And yes, I took a few pictures:
For the record it took me 6:32 to reach the summit - pretty good. Every year after I finish I say it's the last time, but already by the next day I'm less sore and the hard parts are forgotten... onward!