Sunday, November 8

Manuel Prado's Newsletter November 8th

La Ruta Pre-Race Report Day 2

La Ruta’s day 2 was about as welcoming as a punch in the face: 3 minute warm up to a 30 percent grade that lasted an hour and averaged about 20 percent to the top. Oh, and did I mention unfriendly pace that was being set at the front by Manny and two previous La Ruta winners? This hill was no joke! If you stop giving 100 percent, you fall over and roll down the hill. Manny and I have a sprocket combination of 27 front-36 rear, and that is just enough to keep you on the bike. As we crested the top, legs burning and back aching from our “sit down-lean over the bars” technique, I was hoping to reap the benefit of a nice down hill. If rutted slippery clay is your bag, right on. Throw in the fact that the clay build up is locking the front tire and you have a party.

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