I'm wiped from a crazy work day and a very competitive club ride this evening, but wanted folks to read my report from the Garrett County Gran Fondo in McHenry, MD, which I rode last Saturday. I rode the "Diabolical Double" route: 127 miles, 15,500' of climbing over very steep hills (average steepness of the hills was 13-14%, with many stretches of 20-22% and one short hill that was 31%).
Simply put: it was the most challenging day I've ever experienced on a bicycle, and that was the same feeling of the majority of participants.
You can read about it here, on my blog. Feel free to comment there or here - all's good!
Pictures from the ride can be found here. I leave you with a picture of the hilly vistas that dominated the day: