I love a good challenge, and that is just what the Rapha Prestige is...a good challenge.
|Partner in crime.|
|See ya Lah-Goo-Nah.|
Friday afternoon we headed out on a lite-spin around Walnut Creek and up Diablo, our fearless leader and host Gannon Myall showed us the way and gave us a few tips and tricks for the race-ride the next day. Gannon was an absolutely delight to talk with; listening to him tell stories about his children put a huge smile on my face - I love listening to parents talk about their kick-ass kids...
|My girls. |
So glad I was connected with these amazing individuals.
|The Athletic made our legs look amazing all weekend - Huge thanks to Julie & Jeremy.|
|How you can tell we are cyclists: |
Wine, Water bottles and over-flowing plates of outstanding food made my Juila.
I wish I could eat like that every night....
|Babes will be babes.|
|Our Trek Domane 5 Series all lined up and ready to go.|
|Insert The Hills are Alive music here...|
The weather was perfect, the Garmin we were provided with directions was not. We didn't hear our start and casually ended up rolling out, only to take a wrong turn and wait for the next team to go so we could follow them. Smart, eh? Once we actually got rolling there was no stopping us, just a small game of cat and mouse with one of the teams support vehicles (what happened to the idea of non-supported?). The first climb had 3 false summits - it was a grinder.
|Every wonder what it is like to ride with World & National Champions?|
|I feel you dude...|
|All of the amazing photos that you see, are courtesy of the ever talented Nick Kova|
|What goes up, eventually comes down|
|Twinsies with Meredith at the summit of Diablo.|
After shaking our hands out and grabbing another quick snack we started possibly the scariest part of the entire day - some random canyon with heavy traffic, no shoulder and insane wind gusts. Hey, but, we wanted a challenge, right? Plus, knowing that we were encroaching the dirt section kept us pedaling strong. And, I may or may not have known there was a surprise awaiting us towards the last little kick...
Steve Blick, from Oakley and the legendary Katerina Nash were waiting for us with cold beers and Luna bars at mile 98!
|One bad ass team: 6 talented riders, 109 miles, 11K of climbing, 8+ hours.|
To My Team:
Thank you for being so inspirational - I have read the other blogs you have posted, and they are all so thoughtful. Each one of you helped push me through the day - thank you for providing endless laughs, and meaningful conversations. Thank you for the smiles, and making sure we stuck together as a group. Thank you for being a part of my life; I am so happy that Rapha brought us together - seriously, I have to be one of the luckiest humans on earth to be put in touch with such a beautiful and diverse group of riders. Thank you for listening to my breakup story a zillion times, and keeping an eye out for tall, brunette, cyclists with tattoos for me while we were riding. Thank you for cutting me loose on the climbs; and listening to my candy cravings. Thank you for being so fashionable, and sharing the same obsession with amazing nails as I do! You women are stunning.
|The art of nails.|
- Abby Watson – Portland, OR – @abbylwatson
- Cynthia Young – Vancouver, BC – @youngcynthia
- Julie Krasniak – Portand, OR – @krasniakjulie
- Lindsay Knight – Chicago, IL – @lindsay_h_knight
- Meredith Miller – Boulder, CO – @mmcyclist
- Elizabeth Reeder – Los Angeles, CA – @ereederreadsanereader
To Our Partners:
This program wouldn't exist without all the love and support you give all 14 of us Ambassadors - honestly, thank you from the bottom of my heart!
And, a gigantic thank you to those of you who helped get that box of Conti 4-Seasons tires to us, and The Athletic for keeping our feet styling!
Lastly, Rapha put together a kick-ass clip of what our day was like out on the bike - check it out below: