Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Stagecoach Century 2011 (1/2)


This was my 4th year riding the (Stagecoach Century), and as always, I was not disappointed. I rode the 50 (I was so relieved not to be riding a full century!). The weather was perfect (low 80s), and I felt awesome. This was a relief; I've been focusing more on running lately, not biking. It was a gorgeous day in the desert; I didn't need any more motivation than that! Plus, I got some awesome pics. This year's ride re-cap is a photo gallery (in sequence) of the ride.

Mountains surrounded us in the desert valley of Anza-Borrego.

Gorgeous view of the desert. Rocky!

Breathtaking.

Wow.
Cacti pepper the hillsides like tiny skeletons.

Clumps of cacti like statues posing for a painting.

We flew back towards home at 25 mph (the group of riders we sucked wheel from for 5 miles didn't hurt).

View from the top after climbing Sweeny's Pass. I can see the road spiraling below, where we just came from.

8 comments:

Kate said...

6 bottles! Wow.

Stunning ride- you are definitely the blogger whose rides I most want to come do!

Diana said...

Beautiful scenery-I could handle a day of low 80's right now in the dead of winter!

Christi said...

That looks like a great ride!

Colleen said...

Wow... looks like a great ride! :)

Exercise 4 Me said...

That's BEAUTIFUL! I would love my first long ride to be somewhere like that. Stunning!

Nicole @ Geek Turned Athlete said...

That seriously makes me want to get out and ride. I wish our roads weren't solid ice!

Gorgeous Pics!

MissFancyPants said...

This is beautiful - you are one lucky girl!

Andy said...

Can I say the jealous meter is about to break with the weather you had for that event, in JANUARY!!! I want that just to happen on any given day where i live during the winter. I hope you had a great time, the pictures look great! Thanks for sharing :)