Often described as one of the toughest bike races in the lower 48 states, the Arrowhead 135 challenges even the most prepared riders. This is a journal by a non-athlete's participation in an event where starting is often just as much a challenge as finishing.

5.25 hrs.
October 18, 2010
Long, hard ride yesterday. Probably one of my hardest rides yet. For this one, I hooked up the bob trailer to the mountain bike and rode the 60 mile route though Dakota County. I loaded the trailer with 30 pounds of weight and pulled that.

I've done this route several times on my road bike, and generally I can do it in about 4 hours. Given my average speed with this same setup on a railroad trail the previous week, I estimated that it would take me about 6 hours to do the Dakota route. Its all road, no gravel, but its quite hilly. I got into the granny ring a couple of times. Anyway, with only minor stops, I finished in 5 hours and 15 minutes (~63 miles) for just under 12 mph average.

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