|Team Mang at the Flying Wheels start line|
|Even in the midst of a flat, Mangers are having fun |
and laughing...probably at themselves!
Surprises came in the form of reroutes on both rides. While many of us have done Flying Wheels several times and are familiar with the 65 mile and even the 100 mile route, Cascade modified the routes this year to completely avoid the town of Carnation (probably due to the fiasco last year where residents didn't take too kindly to 3,000 cyclists clogging up their roads on the same day as a Mud Run). The reroutes added a few more feet of elevation gain to both routes - putting riders into busier streets (highway 202). Nevertheless, those that rode it had a blast. Our 65 milers even made it to the finish line so fast that hardly anyone was at the finish line yet when they arrived. Century riders finished with the pack and everyone did pretty well - enjoying the sunny weather and the fellowship of other cyclists. The beer garden at the end wasn't bad either!
|The Peninsula ride started and ended at the|
Tacoma Narrows bridge - which offered numerous
|We have to mention these guys -|
H2Velo rode with us all the way
and we enjoyed their company!
|Selfies on the bridge!|
|Special credit to the 100 mile Peninsula|
finishers who did 8,000 feet of climbing!
The next big ride for the team is our grand (no) fondo on the 28th. Check back after that day for a recap.