Every year, 3,000 cyclists converge on South Lake Tahoe for America’s Most Beautiful Bike Ride. It’s the busiest weekend of the year for my store and we, in general, do more business in four days than we do all winter long. It’s intense, fun and wonderful.
My store sponsors the ride so a few of my employees and I usually wake up sorta early (we slept in until 8 AM) and participate. Last year, the riders were faced with absolutely horrible weather and none of us participated. It was snowing, sleeting, windy and downright awful. This year it was the complete opposite: blazing hot without a cloud in the sky. In a strange turn of events, while it was 80 and sunny yesterday, it is currently 36 and snowing here.
Because I pretended to train for a marathon last year, I haven’t really ridden my road bike any considerable distance in almost two years. In fact, this was the first time in two years that I’d gone more than 25 miles. Ha! We were finished in my normal around the lake time: about 4 hours of ride time. I was a bit wiped but that has less to do with the ride and more to do with the 12-15 hour work days I’ve put in over the last four days.