Rick was a surprise guest, caught me at Penny Lane and then we rode together for a few minutes before he launched his Challenge trial run at the bottom of the Bump.
So Peter and I continued up to Juniper where we waited for Rick to come down.
We all regrouped at Junction and then went to the Kiosk on South Gate Road.
I took a flyer right from the line and just barely managed to stay ahead the rest of the way.
Met blog reader Pommi who was preparing for the Challenge and we talked for a while before he dispatched me. Lots and lots of riders coming up the Easy Side.
It was really hot now so we opted for a Jamba. Odd that next week it might be back in tights again.
For some reason, the local buzzards fancy the roof of the Mormon church... appears to be several generations of guano accumulation up there.