I was going to do a Bandelier Loop today, but decided to take advantage of moderate temperatures and the fact that I overdressed and so headed up the mountain instead. It really was a glorious ride.
|Start of ~7-8% descent back towards Los Alamos |
from the top of the Jemez climb.
As far as online counts of who is beating whom in online competitions, I can assure you that some of the local folks logging times on the Strava site can probably lap me on the Bandelier course in one loop. But unless one is racing under identical conditions, its not clear to me what having the "best time" really means when it comes to close competitions. Does it mean you had a tailwind and I had a headwind? Who the hell knows...its all about enjoying the ride and enjoying honest competition.
|Shortly after you top the main climb into the Jemez you get to a tight|
downhill hairpin. A few years back, a cyclist and motorcyclist "apexing" in
opposite directions met each other nearly head-on here, resulting in serious injuries.
|Other side of the hairpin, both being fast descents|