Instead of the time trial, I opted for a four hour easy paced ride in search of hills along the Ice Age trail. It was a beautiful ride … check out the panoramic view I stitched together from photos I took at the top of the lookout tower on Lapham Peak, and check out the pictures in the gallery below.
Panoramic view from the top of the Lapham Peak tower (click to enlarge)
Map of the hilly route through Waukesha over to Lapham peak (Cat 4 climb) on the Ice Age trail (click for a more detailed version)
One more note about yesterday’s Schlitz Park criterium … I forgot to mention the dramatic temperature drop during the middle of the race. You could see clouds and fog moving in, and the temperature dropped 10 degrees over a span of 30 minutes with the temperature bottoming out at 55 degF here on the first day of summer in Wisconsin! Here is the temperature graph from the race yesterday:
Heartrate and temperature graph from the Schlitz Park criterium
I traditionally close out my seasons with an epic ride. This year’s ride was a beautiful ride in the mountains of South Carolina, North Carolina, and Georgia. From my time racing and riding at Clemson University, I spent a lot of time in those mountains. One of my favorite descents is the descent out of Highlands on what eventually becomes SC 28. I still have one more race left this coming weekend (Greenville Fall Cycling Extravaganza), so I didn’t push the pace on this nearly 100 mile ride to make sure that I still have a little bit left for one more weekend of racing. Here’s my topocreator map for the ride.
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