Westfield 200k

I'm sold on the front bag... descending @ 30 mph, hands free, stable!

I'm sold on the front bag... descending @ 30 mph, hands free, stable!

Fl├Ęche Teamate Patrick and I rode the Westfield 200k in the heat on Saturday. 126 miles, limited traffic, plenty of climbing, temps in the 90′s with a beautiful route from Westfield to Shelburne Falls, a side trip to southern Vermont and then back via Shelburne Falls and some lonely mountain roads. The ride took a bit longer than I had hoped – but climbing in the heat mid course was brutal. I opted to snag a few extra bottled waters from McCusker’s Market when leaving the lunch control – they were gone before I began the descent to Conway. I struggled with the heat, some soreness in my left quad, and numbness and pain in my right hand. New things – but pain is not unexpected when on the bike for so long. The hand pain should be remedied by adjusting the Ergo lever position and how the cable exits to wrap the Nitto Noodle bars. The muscle pain is most likely due to this being the longest ride of the year… Patrick played with the lead group for 2/3 of the ride. He rolled in about 2 hours ahead of me. I finished the last 20 stronger than I rode the first – so despite the heat and being off my better pace – I feel good about the ride.

2 Responses to “Westfield 200k”

  1. Mike D says:

    Beautiful roads you guys got. Looks like a fun day on the bikes.

    Mike / Raleigh NC

  2. mb says:

    Thanks Mike. If you like dirt, and if the weather holds, we should have some good snaps from our Sunday morning ride… lots of up and up, a few ripping descents, and 5200 feet of climbing in 70 miles or so, most of it bunched into 3 climbs.

    We’re running a VT Brevet series this year in coordination with Don out of Westfield, MA. Come on up and play!

    -Mike