It was a very challenging ride. Lots and lots and lots of hills. I shifted incorrectly and had to walk up one hill but the rest of them I conquered by huffing and puffing and basically hoping for the best. My dear Tour de France Friend has a motto: Slow and Steady. That really seemed to work for her. Her breathing was more even and she always ended up ahead. Tour de France Husband chose to ride the 50 Mile Challenge. He rode for about 4.5 hours. The last four miles of that ride are uphill. God love him, he did it and is looking forward to doing another ride - in a few/several days.
I think we all want to train a little harder (aka: more consistently) for next year and try it again. It was fun to push ourselves. It's rewarding to be fit enough to do as well as we did.
On a side note: people in bike shorts and shirts come in all shapes and sizes and they all look ridiculous.
Official Minutes: 130