Ride is called Biketoberfest. Organized by a fella in Southwick, MA and it is the hilliest 106 mile bike ride I have ever done. 13 brave souls started and finished this ride. I was smart enough to start to steady pace the hills right from the start which really paid off since most everyone was fried by the last hill about 18 miles from the finish. There were a few sections that I had to stand or my bike would have stopped in its tracks. I was fourth or fifth up that hill and I did not ride any harder than any other hill on the ride where I was consistly 10th. I just had more left. The last few miles were flat and fast - got an unbelievably fast pace line going and riders started dropping one by one. In the end there were only three riders left and I was one of them! How cool is that?
Ran four miles after the ride and could not believe how good I felt. Looks like the training and nutrition plans are working.
Had a couple of cold beers after this workout - I think I earned it!
As an aside, I overheard the ride organizer pondering how he might be able to put a few more hills in the ride next year. Oh bother!