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Part 2: Lincoln Gap
“We hit the climb, and I’m staring at Steve’s 28 with much jealousy. Pete, Steve, and PVB start to pull away but I’ve decided to take it easy to start because I’ve set a personal goal to not tack back and forth. Steve appears to be spinning, his cadence must be around 30. I feel like I’m doing a pedal stroke per minute.” - Sam
“The steepest sections are less like typical bicycle riding and more like some sort of hellish Nautilus machine. You have to develop a rhythm and adhere to it, even though your mind is telling you that this exercise is completely ridiculous.” – PVB
"The way you hear some cyclists talk, the only thoughts that enter their minds while they're riding are lofty abstractions about the beauty of the mountains, the trees or nature in general. When I was climbing Lincoln Gap, however, I was completely focused on one thing: stupidity. Not mine, mind you. But whoever built that treacherous road that goes over the Gap. What were they thinking? I mean, I've watched countless editions of the grand tours and you rarely see a grade rise over 12 percent, and certainly never a sustained grade over 12 percent. But those guys who built the Lincoln Gap road threw caution to the wind and constructed a mile of road that averages 22 to 24 percent. It's as if switchback technology hadn't made it to the United States yet. Or maybe they were just short on cement, so they had to build the shortest route possible: straight up and over." – Richard Bravo