Everyone appearred to be well prepared both mentally and physically for a day of testing on the Toughest Century in Southern California.
Little did they know what would await them down the road!! :)
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I arrived at Sylvan Park at 5:30 and could tell that this would be an outstanding day of cycling. The weather was perfect: not too hot and not too cold.
Riders began to arrive and we registered everyone as fast as we could. Thanks to Ken Isaak, Cheri Scherr, Laurie Ostrow, Maria Perkins, and Frank Neal for working the registration table and giving each rider a cool pair of Breathless Agony socks along with their Route Sheet for the tough ride to follow.
We don't recommend leaving before 6:00 because the First Rest Stop may not be open yet but it is important to get an good start to beat the heat which can develop in the Canyons of the climbs to Oak Glen and up from the Mill Creek Ranger Station. Most riders had started by 6:45. However, if you are a fast rider, we encourage you not to start until after 7:00 or later so you don't arrive at the Rest Stops before we can open them up!!