Rapha Training Ride #2 – Rainier
Five of us from Motofish Racing played hooky from a day of work to head up to Mount Rainier National Park and do a little training for our upcoming Rapha Gentlemen’s Race. Clive, Dennis, Chris, Greg and Amy spent the day going up, up, up on the roads in the park and freezing on the way down. Outside of the climbing the story was the weather which while it looked promising early on deteriorated as the day wore on to the point of a downpour on the way out.
However, without complaining too much, the real story was the climbing. Steady grades at 6%-7% for 10 miles at a time (with a category 1 climb mixed in there) made for steady work that you just don’t get around the city. Fantastic views, a great lunch and lots of laughs made for a great day despite the rain and cold. At the end of the day we picked up around 7400′ in 70 miles.