ROM - August 2016
Emperor of Mountains
Last fall friend James regaled me with his trip up Mount Washington, NH.  Tallest peak in the Northeast (elevation:  6288').  "The Hardest Bike Race in the World".  Up the "Windiest Place on Earth".

Preparation:  months of training, including rides up Massachusetts' most challenging rides, Greylock and Wachusett.

Today -- a truly glorious day.  Sunny, no wind to speak of.  70's at the bottom, 50's at the top.

As Alex put it, the mountain is "relentless".  7.5 miles at 12% average grade, with 90% of the ride between 10-15%.  You just grind.  There is no other way to describe it.  As Ron Washington described it in Moneyball, "It is Incredibly Hard".

James, Alex and I were all incredibly proud of our effort -- no stops, no walking, and finish times consistent with our expectations and hopes.  Our bikes now sport  spiffy stickers, "This Bike Climbed Mount Washington".  A much more impressive sticker, IMO, than the pedestrian ones sported on cars!

Previous Rides of the Month
Abandon Hope All Ye Who Enter Here!
Alex Charges to the Finish
Conquering Heroes
James, with Lakes of the Clouds and Mt. Monroe
Mike Charges to the Finish
Mike Pointing down at Bretton Woods Resort