|Canon 60D, Sigma 70-200mm, f2.8, ISO100, 1/800s, 200mm|
For those who chose the short course in the St. Paul Classic, the benefit of traveling a shorter distance had to be totally negated by the finishing stretch up Ramsey Hill to the finish line! Not sure if the course designers were playing some kind of prank or what, but this hill that serves as the end of a 15 mile ride is so brutal that only a few brave souls, some even with kids in tow, peddled up to the finish – most pushed their bikes up, and struggled at that. What a hill! (see yesterday’s post to learn more about the St. Paul Classic)
The pic above pretty much shows the energy exerted in the climbing effort and gives a bit of depth to just how tall the hill is in the background. Taking the pic was even a bit scary as those who reached the top were immediately turned into the ‘party’ area and were frantic to get there – anyone in the way stood a chance of getting run over! The shot below is the best frame I have to show the volume of folks coming up the hill and how many chose not to peddle it!
Kudos to all who braved the hill, and to all who participated in the St. Paul Classic. This is a ride I will likely participate in next year because it looked like a lot of fun and a chance to see parts of St. Paul you would normally not get to see on a bike, at least not without worrying about a car running you over! Here are a few more shots from Ramsey Hill – look at the difference in facial expressions compared to yesterday’s post!