Madera Canyon, Tucson, AZ
Posted By: KP
Date: Sunday, 23 March 2008, at 9:40 p.m.
Tucson is a nice place to be on the bike. Mix in a bunch a great people with solid fitness and you are in for a fun experience. Gordo, Jeff, Justin, Alan and Mat (Endurance Corner) have put together a camp that is sure to impress all week long. We just finished a home made dinner (Brooke’s mother’s secret recipe // which may become part of the upcoming Endurance Corner Cookbook) up at the palacial Tucson headquarters of Endurance Corner. The home is in a gated community near the Star Pass Marriott. If we are not sleeping, swimming, riding or running we are kicking it at the house overlooking the golf course, watching March Madness, talking around the table or eating. First, today was a lot of riding.
We got started early from the Days Inn in south Tucson on 153k. We rode up and out into Madera Canyon. It was about 50 degrees when we got underway and made it up into the mid eighties. The ride was an out and back; gentle rollers and some breezy conditions for the first 35 miles but mostly light winds for this area. We had perfect conditions. At about 35 miles the road turned into a 10 mile gradual ascent (maybe 3-4%). Then we got 3 miles to the top parking lot of the park that became a bit steeper (say 6-10% in places). I was out of the saddle over certain sections and “in a bit of a bother” as I rode a little harder than I needed to.
For a guy my size the trip back to town was a ball. After fighting gravity for three hours, it was like mad science on the way home.
I was rolling the big meat most of the way with prolonged periods in the 56/12.
If you’ve never done a camp like this you need to find a way to get involved. And if you’ve never done a camp with Gordo you need to get in on one. He never does anything half way and surrounds himself a good people. Today I rode with the camp head honchos and with folks I’ve known for years but had never met in person (Mike Alavrez, Jeff Hough, Mark Cook, John Culberson). I also shared the road again with Josh Friedman, Jonas Colting, Sean Fenner, Brandon Del Campo, Nina Thatcher, Dan Dungan; and had the pleasure of meeting and riding with Nick Nothoff, Jody Sanderson & Robert Eubanks.
Tomorrow is an early wake up call for me as I have been designated Mr Coffee. The crew is gonna get the big brew before we swim and head out for Mt Lemmon; a 20 mile continuous climb that tops out near 8000 feet. I’ll let you know who was over geared.
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