After filling our stomachs with coffee and pastries from Wild Cherries, Nate, Ramsey and I drove down to Colfax to ride in the warm and dry weather. Nate had been skiing hard for the last two days, Ramsey hadn’t been riding much, and I had done a really hard TT workout the day before – so we assumed we’d take a nice easy pace the entire route. However the sunshine probably brought our legs back to life, as we did the normal 5 hour, 8,000′ elevation gain, 68 mile loop in 4.5 hours instead. Finishing the ride nice and tired, we made our obligatory Taco Bell feed stop on the way back to Truckee.
As a side note, when you install a new freehub body on your wheel – always make sure to ride it first before thinking it will hold up after 70 miles. I incorrectly aligned the pawls and springs inside my DT 240 hub, and had to ride on a rear wheel that slipped every 5 pedal strokes. I could avoid the slippage by pausing for a second every 4 pedal strokes to let the pawls re-align. Climbing 8000′ was tons-of-fun having to re-force my momentum 20 times a minute.