|The Montreaux climb marker.|
On Saturday, May 18, Team Mangs and Alings decided to challenge themselves and take these roads after a decidedly swift loop around Mercer Island's rolling hills (counter clockwise). It was indeed daunting and a few had no choice to but to use those other muscles on their legs...the ones used for walking. But most made it up to the top slowly but surely. Even the tandems climbed successfully using whatever gears they had available (and they sometimes wished there were more).
|The map (courtesy of Map My ride) shows the climb ratings and approximate distances.|
|Team Mang celebrates at the top of the climb,|
With another challenging ride in their pocket, Team Mang came home satisfied that they had put in their best and had fun doing it. It may have taken a while due to the ultra slow speeds of some climbers, but 2,500 feet of climbing on a short 46 mile ride and an overall average speed of 12.5 mph (moving) for the whole ride is quite an accomplishment for weekend warriors bicycling for fun with friends.
Congratulations, Team Mang/Aling!