Having successfully Defended and Attacked, I thought it might be nice for people to post their reflections on their top moments of the Tour. I’ve been so impressed by other people’s posts (including
@Pierre 's Tour log), and would love to hear what made this year special for everyone else.
What a ride. I am so glad I saved this one up for the Tour, and also that I did a rest day before to ride it at full power. This was by far my highlight of the tour. It was unbelievably immersive, a great workout, and just straight up fun. This really felt like a glorious day of suffering. In a year filled with nowhere near enough outdoor adventures and riding, this was just what I needed on a grey cold February day. It’s rides like this that keep me coming back again and again to Sufferfest.
2) The third sustained interval of Defender
I was definitely not feeling my best on Defender today, which I usually don’t have strong positive or negative feelings. The MAP effort felt relatively good at 100rpm, and then I had some sort of bizarre euphoric endorphin fuelled moment when “Don’t You Know Who I Am” by Midnight Riot kicked in. I have no way to explain it, but it was one of those moments where you hit absolute flow state, and upbeat pop just perfectly fit the moment - to jam out and power along at high cadence.
3) Sir Neal riding Joyride twice
Everything about this moment encapsulates Sufferfest for me. The fact that Sir @Coach.Neal.H has no ego and is willing to suffer for the entertainment of the masses for a good cause, Knights organizing a spontaneous round of extra donations to push him over the $1,000 limit, and the fact that he actually followed through on it. This company, and this community is really special, and this moment really captured that for me. As of right now this (4pm EST Saturday) this is the Challenge page:
I don’t think there are many communities that would manage that high a completion rate on a seven day fully virtual event. The fact that all of this is also raising money for a very deserving charity is even more special.
Chapeau to all the riders this year, whether you blasted through the Tour on nuclear and completed every stage, or were a DNF due to injury/mechanicals or just real life getting in the way. Thanks to the entire team at Sufferfest and Wahoo who made this happen. What a Tour!