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Madera Canyon 200K brevet

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Last Saturday I rode the Madera Canyon 200k brevet.  The start/finish was on Broadway St, near the U of Arizona campus.  There was a mass start at 7:00, and the temp was a chilly 37, so I wore my insulated vest (bringing along my wind vest for later when it warmed up to near 70).  We rode through the campus, then up Sentinal Peak (A mountain, for the A letter on the side).  After that we rode bike paths along the Santa Cruz river.  Next we rode south to Sahuarita, AZ.  An out and back along I-19 followed, before heading east to Madera Canyon Rd. That climb was 13 miles, starting at a 1% false flat, gradually getting steeper until the last 3 1/2 miles, which go from 8% to 15% grade.  That was one of the toughest climbs I have ever done.  There was lunch at the top, and we were warned to start using our brakes immediately. Once back to Continental Rd in Sahuarita another 13 mile climb started.  It was not as steep as Madera Canyon Rd, and it did have a few descents, but it was still an attention getter. The road had be repaved from the top, so that was a very nice descent. It went past the San Xavier Mission, which was founded in the 1700's.  

I should have ate more earlier in the ride, so the climbs would have been less of a sufferfest. I did manage to finish the 129 miles in 11 hours 20 minutes.  

I will upload some pics later.

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Near the top of the Madera Cyn climb

 

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The last 3 miles of the climb were tough

 

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