75 mile stretch.
Matt V. pointing to the "M" (for Matt) water tower.
Matt S. and the cow crossing.
Dave spinning with a nice tail wind.
The storm is coming in.
Dave and Kim's photo finish race to lunch.
"Anyone need any water, gatorade, toilet paper?" asks
Joe giving us directions on how to ride in an "escalon"
The country, and only store in Deseret.
We made it to Delta!
Kim's excited to finally be in Milford and also proud to be an American.
S Border (pre-ride), 0 mi
Cedar City, 77.9 mi
West Valley City, 68.0
Northern Border, 63.1
South Tow Center, 15.0
Milford to Delta
76 miles, 400 ft elevation gain
38.5 mph max speed, 16.7 mph avg. speed
After a big
pancake breakfast at Penny's Diner in Milford, UT, we all suited
up and were on our way to Delta. The local forecast called for heavy
showers, but the sky was clear. As we left town, there was a sign
that said, "Next Services 75 Miles." Thank goodness the
SAG vehicle is like 7-Eleven and REI on wheels.
The wind was
pretty strong, but it was at our backs, so we were flying. The terrain
was very flat and we were pretty much riding through the middle
of nowhere. We passed lots of sage brush, cows, and tumbleweed.
In the distance we could see a storm brewing. I pedaled along side
Dave and said, "I hope we get to Delta before it starts to
We stopped for
lunch and everyone was all smiles. I was having the time of my life.
My legs felt strong, we were cruising, and Delta was only 30 miles
away. In the middle of lunch, it started to rain and the wind was
blowing in the opposite direction. In two minutes, we all put on
our rain gear, finished our lunch, and started riding.
was strong and brutal. We went from spinning along at 23 mph to
cranking the pedals at a slow 9 mph! The road curved to the right
and now we had a nasty crosswind. Joe Bingham (our mechanic and
cycling advisor) pulled us aside and showed us how to ride in a
"V" or Escalon formation. We practiced riding in the "V"
and it worked really well. Mimicking a flock of geese, the rider
in front blocks the wind for the other riders. When the rider gets
tired, he/she rides to the back of the formation.
formation helped make things easier, riding in the wind and rain
wasn't pleasant. Things got worse when big semi trucks raced past,
covering us with water, dirt, and little pieces of whatever they
were carrying (hay, pebbles, pigs, horses, etc).
outside of Delta, we found a little country store. It was nice to
take a break and get out of the cold, wet, windy weather. After
a candy bar (30 gm of carbs) and some water, we started our final
stretch to Delta. In Delta, Dave, Kim, and I spotted the Best Western
Inn about 200 yards away. "First one to the motel wins."
It was a close sprint, but I ended up the big winner, which brings
my Utah race record to 3 and 1 (I lost to Dave in our race to the
stop sign at mile 68).
The day's ride
started out very easy and quickly turned to extremely difficult.
I hope the weather works in our favor tomorrow.
BG, Carbs, Etc.
My blood sugars
ranged between 65 and 142. I ate over 600 gms of carbs. During the
ride I used a 0.10 unit/hour basal rate and after the ride used
a 70% of my basal for 3 hours. My insulin to carb ratio has changed
from a 1 unit/15 gms to 1 unit/30.
Daily Numbers, Freestyle CoPilot.